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house of the devil
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The House of the Devil

Starring Jocelyn Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, AJ Bowen and Dee Wallace
Written and Directed by Ti West
no website

IN SHORT:  Yech. [Rated R for some bloody violence. 95 minutes]

For those that remember the music of Thomas Dolby and The Fixx and Greg Kihn, your money would be better spent buying used CDs by those artists than paying to hear 'em in this awful horror hopeful.

Sam (Jocelyn Donahue) is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment -- watch for Dee Wallace in a blink and you'll miss it cameo -- that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby for which to sit.  Mr. and Mrs. Ulman (cult actors Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Sam is to hold the fort, in which elderly mother Ulman allegedly sleeps.  Megan (Greta Gerwig) is Sam’s best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss.  Victor (AJ Bowen) at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life . . .

Most of House of the Devil is filled with tacky Rosemary's Baby wannabe pastiches. The elder actors chew the scenery. The middle aged Cranky fidgeted and fidgeted and prayed to the One True Power of the Universe that this painful movie going experience would finally end.

And it did! Ah! The Power of Prayer!

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The House of the Devil, he would have paid . . .

$1.00

There's one minor bit of shock value that will catch you unawares. It doesn't make much sense in the whole scheme of things, but there you are.

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