29 April 2009

The House of the Devil

Written & Directed by: Ti West
Full credits from IMDb

The House of the Devil, a retro-minded horror flick, is all foreplay, an extended tease that tests the limits of audience patience before rushing through its hypergory climax. On the one hand, we should commend horror directors that choose not to revel too long in geysers of blood (for not "Eli Rothing"); on the other, build-up without satisfying denouement is exasperating. Grisly as his film may be at times, West seems uninterested in necessarily cathartic violence; over-concerned with establishing the proper atmosphere, he fails to strike the right balance between the horror film's dual demands: setup and, pardon me, execution.

Keep reading this 2009 Tribeca Film Festival dispatch at The L Magazine

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