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5.0 out of 5 stars Not gory, just simple, experimental and a bit scary, 28 Sept. 2010
This review is from: House Of The Devil [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
The House of the Devil is one of those rare films in the world of horror genre. It is true that after watching it I got very intrigued with the fact that in this realistic but gloomy world created by Ti West there are place for mixer taps (with a single handle mixer) in the 80's! but that's fine 'cause it's just a experimental B movie with some cool references to the classics.
If I may say that Se7en has changed the way of making horror movies, both in terms of stylistic and narrative, dare I say then The House of the Devil is like a return to the old and classical way but with minimalist contours never seen before in such type of films. To me it's a true masterpiece to the level of Polanski's Rosemary's Baby or Hitchcock's Psycho. On the other hand and if you liked the Saw saga for instance, probably this is not a film for you, just wait for the next one to come.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2012 13:40:26 BDT
If Se7en' changed the horror canon then it was in throwing open the doors to a neverending bunch of full on cheats from 'The Sixth Sense' through to 'Soul Suvivors', 'Knife Edge, 'Eden Lake', 'Paranormal Activity' and the latest one 'The Last Exorcism'-none of them resembling what a horror should at all. 'Se7en' is a police procedural thriller-nothing more nor less. If this film is anything like all these, I'd best not watch it. Devil indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 03:34:45 BDT
Alexandre L says:
so, you liked the Saw Saga :) ...ok, I understand your point and I can even agree with you if you were talking about narrative structure. Sure that Se7en is not a typical "horror" movie but let's face it, neither is just a police procedural thriller. I do believe Se7en is one of the pivotal films from the 90's that changed the game of horror and bunch of other genres. For instance, the aesthetics of films or some rules of modern post production. But hey, you should give a try on "House of The Devil" because is not like "Se7en" or like the amazing and terrifying "Eden Lake" at all. Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2012 01:42:39 BDT
Well 'Saw' re-invented the standard thriller with a strong story, a clever murderer and a truly shocking ending. The sequel was good, but the rest clearly suck, and I'm afraid the only terrifying thing about the abysmal and ridiculous 'Eden Lake' is the fact it's so critically acclaimed-all this for an extended news bulletin on asbo brats with extreme chase-movie contrivances and mind-numbingly predictable too. But enough of that.

I am interested in 'House Of The Devil'-I didn't notice it whe it came out but suddenly from people I trust and other areas, I've heard incredible things about it, but guarded, as they didn't want to give too much away.

Only thing is, I'm a bit put off by the extremely mixed reviews on here-I thought it would be more favoured. The main moan they have is its bland for about almost all its running time and then "everything" (whatever everything is"?) happens in the last ten minutes, but I won't have too much of a prob if the lead girl keeps me alert and the atmosphere keeps me creeped out and then an amazing denoument appears. Of course, if it's just a serial killer or a satan worshipper in a mask-ala 'Halloween' revealed as the surprise I'll be narked, but at a good enough price, I'll risk it, I think I'll have to, so many recommend. And it can't be worse than 'The Last Exorcsim' or 'Paranormal Activity' surely? Cheers, I'll keep my eye on the price once I've got through some other recently bought horrors.
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