Monday, February 15, 2010
Quick movie review
The House of the Devil: From the credits and music to the wardrobe and set design, director Ti West totally nailed the look of the "Satanic Panic" era in this film about a babysitter who signs up for more than she bargained for. Had I not known this movie came out last year, I would've totally thought that it was a forgotten relic from the '80s VHS days*. But while there were some good performances (notably, a very creepy Tom Noonan), a few good scares, and a nice amount of tension at times, the flick's extremely slow burn nature - there are vast stretches were nothing happens - and some plot holes kept me from loving it. I think I appreciated The House of the Devil more than I liked it. Still, I'd say it's worth a viewing if you look back fondly on the mom and pop video store days and want a nostalgia fix.
*In fact, as a clever PR stunt, the film was recently released on VHS.