As a huge fan of up-and-coming genre director Ti West’s underrated killer bat flick “The Roost,” I’ve been anxiously awaiting his atmospheric 80’s homage “The House of the Devil” like nobody’s business. Positive reviews, for the most part, have been abundant, though, almost hypocritically, I’m not the sort of person who feeds off the opinion of others before a film’s impending release. The red band trailer looks fantastic, with or without the presence of Tom Noonan. However, according to countless scientific studies from around the world, every movie is better with a little Noonan to help it along. He’s kind of like cinematic salt, only taller. Much, much taller.
Here’s the lowdown on West’s latest:
Sam (Donahue) is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman (cult actors Noonan and 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. Megan (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 (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.
“The House of the Devil” is currently scheduled to makes it Video-On-Demand debut on October 1st, with a limited theatrical run beginning October 30th. And if news-aggregating trolls who live under my dead are telling the truth, the film should find its way onto DVD in December.