The House of the Devil
A girl takes a job babysitting for some very peculiar folks during a lunar eclipse.
This movie is proof of how much mood can affect a horror film. Boo scares are not scary; tension, however, is.
The whole movie has this unsettling feeling about it. You just know bad things are going to happen, but you have no idea when, what, or how.
The movie takes place in the 80s, and for such a limited budget, director Ti West and his crew did an amazing job of making this feel like the right time frame – everything from the music, the clothes, and the feathered hair. He even shot the film on 16mm film to complete the look.
If you don’t have patience, you won’t like this movie. This is another slow burn film that harkens back to horror from the 70s-80s. This is the kind of film where you sit back and just get absorbed into the atmosphere. As the film gets closer and closer to the climax, everything gets ramped up.
Taking a page from films like “Rosemary’s Baby” and even “The Exorcist,” the movie has a creepy vibe that kept me interested throughout. An incredibly effective old school horror film showing that sometimes, less is more.