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The House of the Devil (VHS/DVD Bundle)

3.4 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews

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The Horror Film of the Year available on DVD, Blu-ray and VHS EXCLUSIVELY AT AMAZON.

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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After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers. --New York Times

It provides the same kind of thrills as Paranormal Activity. Heart-stopping pleasures. --Los Angeles Times

Palpably unnerving --USA Today

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Mary Woronov, Tom Noonan
  • Directors: Ti West
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003360JKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House of the Devil (VHS/DVD Bundle)" on IMDb

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"The House of the Devil" is an assured little film that fondly invokes horror films from the 1970s and 1980s. Many people are going to complain that this movie is slow and boring, but they are missing the joys of this type of film making completely. The best horror is a slow burn leading up to the proverbial poo hitting the whirling blades. You have time to begin to care about these characters, before something terrible happens to them and it cuts deep.

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!
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You'd think a title like "The House of the Devil" would tell you everything you need to know. It does tell you a few things; this is, indeed, a story that involves evil people and hapless victims, who of course are young and female. But on the whole, this movie plays against everything you would probably expect, which in this case is a compliment. Instead of the usual gory camp fest, where idiotic teenagers are a dime a dozen, "The House of the Devil" is a quiet, slowly paced exercise in suspense, where apprehension comes not from bad things happening but from the idea of bad things happening. It's the kind of film where story plays second fiddle to style, the first hour spent on virtually nothing except establishing mood. This is good because, when there finally is a startling moment, we really do feel it.

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.
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If you remember 1985 and you like horror, this is the movie for you! With few anachronisms, Ti West nails the look and details of 1980s horror. From the freeze-frame credits to the hairstyles of the newscasters, I cackled at everything I had forgotten about that golden age of scream teen flicks. Unlike other movies set in the 80s that use current music and camerawork, West uses lots of slow pullaways and even achieves the correct grainy appearance of the film. And unlike those set-in-80s movies that leave technology off-screen, West's protagonist uses a real Walkman with orange-foam-padded headphones - beautiful. If someone walked in on a screening of this movie, they could easily think it's really from the 70s or 80s. Oh yeah: and it's a great story with good scares and a satisfying ending.

Have to mention that I'd also forgotten how important telephones used to be in movies of the 70s and 80s. There were closeups of the handset, the dread of the ringing and lots of dialing. Oh, how dialing a rotary phone builds tension!
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I attended a midnight screening of Ti West's 'House of the Devil' in Boston last weekend. I had seen a lot of press about the film which led me to watch the trailer. Seeing the inclusion of genre vets Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov assured me that this was a film that had it's roots firmly planted in the late '70's through to the mid '80's.

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.
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This is a slow burn of a movie. If you expect lots of gore, scares, jumps, at the start, you'll be very disappointed. However, if you let the movie draw you into its world, the end of the movie gives off a sense of madness that leaves you feeling uneasy.
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