I almost turned off The House of the Devil (2009) as the first thirty-ish minutes were boring. But the minute Samantha and Megan enter the house where Samantha is to babysit, everything changes. There are several things in this film that didn’t make sense, but I don’t want to focus on those things because I want to continue loving it.
The House of the Devil was shot the way many of my favorite 80s horror films were, and the gore, wow is it explosive. From the way it started to the ending was like it was written by different people, but since only Ti West is in the credits for it, I’m thinking it was intentional to do it like that.
The Ulmans are super creepy, played by Mary Woronov, Tom Noonan, and A.J. Bowen. Even though their roles were brief, what they brought to the screen is chilling. Now, I come back to some of the things that bothered me, I’ll mention one. The endgame for the Ulmans. I get they were planting the Devil’s seed inside Samantha, but why? There was no real clear purpose of doing this. At least it wasn’t clear to me. Maybe, they were planning on a sequel, maybe West didn’t know either and just through shit out there. There are a few other things that I didn’t get, but I won’t bring those up, maybe, you’ll see them.
All in all, I enjoyed The House of the Devil, and recommend you check it out. I give it 3.5 Stars.