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The House of the Devil

From its freeze-frame credits onward, this indie horror flick by Ti West aspires to the silent, low-boiling dread of 70s drive-in shockers like Black Christmas (1974) and Last House on the Left (1972). Desperate for cash, college student Jocelin Donahue accepts an oddly lucrative babysitting job at a remote house, where she's fussed over by creepy owners Tom Noonan (Manhunter) and Mary Woronov (Rock 'n' Roll High School). Given the opening title about the prevalence of rural satanic cults, you'd have to be an idiot not to know where this is headed. But in keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos. With Greta Gerwig.

Credits

Director:

  • Ti West

Cast:

  • Jocelin Donahue
  • Tom Noonan
  • Mary Woronov
  • Greta Gerwig
  • AJ Bowen
  • Dee Wallace
  • Heather Robb
  • John Speredakos
  • Mary McCann
  • Brenda Cooney

Producers:

  • Josh Braun
  • Roger Kass
  • Peter Phok
  • Larry Fessenden
  • Malik B. Ali
  • Greg Newman

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