The House of the Devil

World Premiere

USA | 93 MINUTES | English |


Horror, Thriller

All the more shocking for being "based on true unexplained events," this suspenseful horror flick eschews the cheap scares of today's dime-a-dozen gore fests for the retro school of slow-burn terror. Set in the 1980s, The House of the Devil centers on cute college girl Samantha (Jocelin Donahue), who responds to an ad for a babysitter to land some quick cash for a new apartment. Her skeptical pal Megan (the charming Greta Gerwig) drives her deep into the woods and deposits her at a big, creaky Victorian house lorded over by a creepy old couple with big plans to celebrate the night's rare lunar eclipse. Desperate for the money, Samantha agrees to stay even after she finds out there's no baby….

Writer/director Ti West (The Roost) steeps House in an early '80s atmosphere, wisely avoiding kitsch and forgoing gloss for a cool, vintage look. Donahue, a talented newcomer and ringer for a young Jacqueline Bisset, admirably carries the film under West's assured direction. Her naïve likability, with hints of ballsiness, comes in handy when she finally discovers Mr. and Mrs. Creepy's (the delectably fiendish Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) ominous plans for her.


Directed by Ti West

Ti West (b. 1980) studied film production at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. Acclaimed filmmaker and teacher Kelly Reichardt introduced him to underground horror icon Larry Fessenden, who took an immediate interest in West's student films. In 2005, Fessenden produced West's first feature, The Roost. In 2006 West and Fessenden reteamed to produce Trigger Man, which was acquired by art-house label Kino International. West will next continue Eli Roth's successful Cabin Fever franchise with Cabin Fever 2.

Jeff Grace
Ti West
Sound Design
Graham Reznick
Production Designer
Jade Healy
Primary Cast
Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace
Director of Photography
Eliot Rockett
Ti West
Peter Phok, Larry Fessenden, Josh Braun, Roger Kass


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