By Justin Hamelin
Written and Directed by Ti West
Quite possibly my favorite horror flick of the last five years, The House Of The Devil is a slow-burn terror trip that follows an over eager young woman in need of fast cash and her fateful night of ‘babysitting’.
Jocelin Donahue plays Samantha, a down on her luck college student who finds the apartment of her dreams but realizes her bank account is desperately lacking funds. In order to make end’s meet, she responds to an ad on campus for a babysitter. Upon her first conversation with Mr. Ulman, the fella looking for a babysitter, you immediately figure she’s in some trouble. Rest assured, you have no idea!
Tom Noonan, one of the most recognizable faces in creepy films, portrays the eerie Mr. Ulman, the patriarch of one of the most screwed up households you will ever encounter.
Full of unbearably tense build ups and a few jolts, Ti West took the Satanism hysteria that ran amok across America in the 1980s and turned it into an exceptional terror film. If you are looking for an all-out gore fest or gratuitous nudity, look elsewhere. The awesome ‘80s feel (complete with a dance sequence any 45 year old would find it hard not to jam to) and originality of this film make it a must-see in my eyes.
My Rating: 10/10