The House of the Devil
is a masterpiece that cannot be improved upon. There, I said it. It's off my chest and now we all know exactly where I stand on Ti West's film. I'm not even sure where to begin and, honestly, I'm not even sure if I'm equipped to properly dissect the film. I do not have a rich knowledge base when it comes to the Satanic Panic films of the '70s and '80s, so I confess to be clueless as to all the of the minute influences West may have drawn from (intentionally or not). With that caveat in mind, I suppose the vintage aspect of the film is the first place we should start.

Re-creating the '80s...

Throwback films are a dime a dozen, but rarely are they this effective. More often than not the throwback film ends up being a, perhaps unintentional, spoof of the type of film it's paying tribute to. Take Grindhouse, for example. Again, I have no particular history with the grindhouse era of films and I've never spent any time on 42nd Street, but even I know that there's too much modernization to both Planet Terror and Death Proof for them to ever be confused for actual films from the '80s. I love the look of both films, but all the burn marks, water marks, and absurd attempts at digitally 'aging' the film do the exact opposite; they date it as product of its time, not of the time they wish it was from.
categories Features, Horror