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The House of the Devil

Rated R 91 minutes 2009

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.

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Official Site: www.houseofthedevilmovie.com

Director: Ti West

Producer: Josh Braun, Roger Kass, Peter Phok, Larry Fessenden, Malik B. Ali and Greg Newman

Cast: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, John Speredakos, Mary McCann and Brenda Cooney

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