One would suspect from viewing the above poster that The House of the Devil is an old Horror film from the 1970's or early 1980's. And that's the whole idea, even though the film was only released a few months ago. Writer/director Ti West pulls it off too. So much so that you honestly feel like the film could have been made in 1980 or so and just "found" and released. Except for the odd occasional familiar face like Tom Noonan or Dee Wallace looking a bit longer in the tooth than they were back in the day.
The plot is straight out of a simpler time. A young college student looking to make a few bucks agrees to a babysitting job out in the sticks. Once she gets there things turn all weirdsville on her. Instead of a child she is supposed to be watching over this creepy old dude's even older mother. Asleep up in her room somewhere in this massive old house. That's when the booga-booga debbil stuff starts. Pentagrams, sacrifices and demons...oh my!
It's a slow and painful buildup to the inevitable climax. And that's what makes it all so much fun. I think that some folks might complain about the pacing, but those folks are just stupid-heads. I said it.
If you dig your horror on the retro tip or just if you wanna watch a flick about a good old fashioned satanic cult like your momma used to watch, then The House of the Devil might be for you. Unless you are one of them stupid-heads.
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