House of the Devil

Director: Ti West Run Time: 105 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 2009

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Jocelin Donahue, Mary Woronov, Tom Noonan

A babysitter in need of some extra cash finds herself hostage in a house taken over by devil worshippers.

Set in the 1980s and stemming from the fear of the occult and satanic worship during the time, Ti West’s House of the Devil is a slow-burning horror film punctuated with bursts of extreme violence. Low on cash and slightly out of place, Samantha  is a college student who reluctantly takes a strange babysitting gig in order to move into her own place. But this job coincides with a rare lunar eclipse that brings forth the devil which means that, instead of watching some kid, she’s the sacrificial lamb (this plays out in scene that mirrors Rosemary’s Baby). Definitely see this one, House of the Devil is one of the better horror movies made in the past decade.

Part of Nitehawk’s SHOUT AT THE DEVIL October program.

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