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Sam (Donahue) is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman (cult actors Noonan and Woronov) are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creaky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan (Gerwig) is Sam's best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. Victor (Bowen) at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life...
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The plot: a college student is ready to move out of her dorm and into a nice rental home, but needs to make some quick cash to pay the first month's rent. Responding to a flyer requesting a babysitter, she will get much more than she bargained for.
The final twenty minutes, while rapid-paced and bloody, do not live up to the promising tension built up by the rest of the movie. However, if the end was a bit of a letdown, overall the movie was very well done. This is not the action-packed gore fest that some people might be expecting. Instead, it is a solid throwback to horror films that used setting, tone, atmosphere, character-building, and music to build up to the scary!
The mood is so thoroughly established that one can't help but be somewhat disappointed by the final ten minutes, when all is explained (as best as can be explained, anyway). That's the inherent flaw with suspense: What leads up to the ending is always more frightening than the actual ending. Fortunately, the last major scene is amped up with a final shot so unnervingly ambiguous, you may find yourself clutching onto your armrest waiting for something to happen.
In spite of its fresh approach, the story effectively makes use of familiar horror movie themes. Taking place sometime during the 1980s, it tells of Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue), a young college student trying to make it on her own but in desperate need of cash. Lo and behold, she spots on a bulletin board a want ad for a babysitter, and when she calls, she's immediately offered the job. As is always the case, the house she goes to is old, ornate, and located deep in the woods, far, far away from any other house.Read more ›
First off, lets just say, I really wanted to like this film. I really really really wanted to like it, given my love for classic horrors like Halloween, etc etc. It just fell so short of what I expected. Which I guess is why you should NOT expect anything going into this one. That's why I only gave it 2 stars, I just did not like it enough to give it 3.
I love Halloween, it's one of my favorite classic horror films, and since the pace of horror has changed over the years to a much faster, get to the kill, point. My generation wouldn't really know of this kind of genre to be entertaining. But if you look at some greats like, When a stranger calls (being of the opposite pace) you meet the character, you see her routine, and you become involved in her life, leaving you ultimately, emotionally attached. The house of the devil just led you on soooooo long that when the end came you really didn't care anymore what was going on in that house or what was going to happen to the character.
Let me break this film down for you. First 40 min, you get to know the character. Another 30 min in you figure out what's going to happen, the last 20 min, all hell breaks loose in a very predictable manor.
The end, well, i'll let you see for yourself.
I would say, see this movie, it is just not for everyone. If you grew up with Freddy, Jason, and Michael, this movie is for you. If you grew up with Sydney Prescott, SKIP IT. You will be bored.
I guess I knew this day would come where a film would be made in homage to the 80's slasher film and it had to be done sooner or later. A very very long drawn out slow burn film, that leaves you ultimately disappointed.
The film is one that is not for those who are looking for a quick paced, gore filled scream fest. It is, however, for those who enjoy an atmospheric, character driven movie. The film does have well done effects, a very atmospheric score, and very solid cinematography.
If Mr. West is involved with the marketing of this film then I say job well done. For a film that really does feel from that era the choice to simultaneously release it on VHS as well as DVD is a great one, and for people who collect VHS, like myself, should buy this one as it comes in an over sized clamshell case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The tension from this movie was so high that It was almost about to burst and what if it really burst? There will be blood all over your face! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Hee Chul Kwon
I'll keep it simple by saying this movie is a waste of film making materials..( time, $$, etc...) I put the blame squarely on the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David A Adomaitis
Three stars for overall tone and feel, good filmmaking. Simple plot but totally works.Published 2 months ago by The Sensual Android
Good film overall. However, the build up to the excitement took too long.Published 2 months ago by Tara Culliton
Slow pace compared to most horror movies, but it is an engaging movie throughout and one of the few horror movies that really takes its time to set up its scares. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ArmchairPuddy
Cool take on the babysitter genre, it's a hipper, cooler Rosemary's Baby.Published 4 months ago by smoothevity
Excellent old school style horror. Great atmosphere and sense of creeping dread throughout. Love the buildup to the films climax but felt the story and character motivations were a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hirciine