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House of the Devil (Blu-ray)

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From writer/director/editor Ti West comes perhaps the most intense shocker of the year: Desperate for quick cash, college sophomore Samantha Hughes (breakout performance by Jocelin Donahue) takes a babysitting job in the isolated mansion of the creepy Ulman family. Ignoring the warnings from her Best Friend (GREENBERG'S Greta Gerwig), Samantha has no idea that a nightmare of unspeakable fear and torment awaits her within these walls. At midnight, in the shadow of a full lunar eclipse, the ultimate evil will be unleashed. Cult icons Tom Noonan (MANHUNTER), Mary Woronov (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS) and Dee Wallace (THE HILLS HAVE EYES) - co-star in the acclaimed demonic thriller that fans and critics hail as an unnerving return to late '70s/early 80s classic horror.

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Studio MPI
SKU 212208975
UPC 030306180991
UPC 14 00030306180991
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review If nothing else, Ti West's retro "Satan rules!" thriller The House Of The Devil gets the look and tone of early-'80s horror schlock exactly right. West shoots on grainy, muted color film, and relies a lot on low angles, slow dolly shots, and a spare, creepy score to build tension during the long stretches of the movie when absolutely nothing is happening. Most of the action takes place in a big, spooky old house in the middle of the woods outside a small college town, and The House Of The Devil is set in 1982, at a time and place where the modern still seemed not too far removed from the ancient, the primal... the arcane...The House Of The Devil is paced at a crawl, and outside of one early shock, it takes more than an hour for anything even remotely resembling "horror" to occur. (The final 20 minutes is intense, though.) The deliberate style may be a deal-breaker for those who come to ,The House Of The Devil expecting an outright gorefest. This is more a movie for genre cultists, who want to immerse themselves in all the throwback details: the feathered hairstyles, the spiral phone cords, a thesaurus-sized Walkman blaring a song by The Fixx, and so on. From the opening statistic about documented instances of devil-worship, West aims for a mix of the plausible and the ridiculous, revisiting a world where a knock at the wrong door at the wrong time could end with a person pinned to a pentagram and covered in sacrificial blood.
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Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 8
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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Claudia Puig, USA Today ...is almost unbearably suspenseful.
Geoff Berkshire, Chicago Tribune The hair isn't the only thing scary in this totally '80s horror-thriller.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times ...here is a horror movie with real shivers.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune It is a fine little old-school thriller.
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