If you need a little satanism thrown into your horror movies this Halloween then check out the recent horror film that is developing cult status among horror fans yet is still hidden to mainstream movie goers. I am talking about Ti West’s “House of the Devil.”
In the 1980s college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret; they plan to use her in a satanic ritual.
Now I must warn all those who have short attention spans. “House of the Devil” is a slow burn of a horror movie but believe me the pacing works sooooo very well for the film. Director Ti West takes time with the pacing to build atmosphere, build our main character, build a slow tension and create a wonderful early ‘80s feel to the film. What works so well for “House of the Devil” is that there’s all this slow burning atmosphere and tension and then BAM! all this satanic horror and gore hits you like a freight train! You know the director wanted a very 80’s style movie when he has the main character pop on a walkman, play The Fixx’s “One Thing Leads To Another” and dance around the house to it 80’s teen movie style. Seriously that one scene made me smile ear to ear in delight.
If you want some satanism with your horror movies this October and have a solid attention span to appreciate the slow burn then seek out “House of the Devil” and give it a go.
-James J. Coker