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No Sympathy for the Devil

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Release Date: October 30, 2009

Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, AJ Bowen, and Dee Wallace

Genre: Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 93 minutes

Distributor: Magnet Films/Magnolia Pictures

Director: Ti West

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Josh Braun, Roger Kass, Peter Phok, and Larry Fessenden

Writer: Ti West

Address Comments To:

Bill Banowski, CEO, Magnolia Pictures
1614 West 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Eamon Bowles, President, Magnolia Pictures
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Website: www.magpictures.com
Email: info@ magpictures.com

Content:

(B, OOO, LL, VVV, S, D, MM) Very light moral worldview with sympathy built up for the victim, but with very strong occult content where the Devil and his Satanic followers seem to have won in the end, but in a way that leaves things open for a possible sequel; six obscenities and four light profanities; very strong and bloody, but relatively brief, violence includes implied Satanic sacrifice of a family, stabbing with blood, shootings with blood, woman shot in head by stranger, fighting, struggling, woman tied up on table with Satanic pentagram, and woman shoots herself in the head but survives; implied fornication when college student hears sounds coming from her closed dorm room and later she sees young man in bed sleeping with her roommate; no nudity shown; no alcohol; smoking; and, deceit, snooping, woman constrained against her will, and very scary moments.

Summary:

In THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, a low-budget satanic thriller, a college sophomore is threatened by a satanic cult when she takes a lonely job babysitting the mysterious mother of an older couple. The setup for THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL goes on a bit too long, the violence is very bloody when it comes, and the satanic forces seem to win in the end.

Review:

The title of this movie pretty much says it all. A college sophomore, Samantha, is desperate to earn some money for a deposit on an apartment. She reluctantly accepts a babysitting job from an older couple at a large house deep in the country. When she learns that the job is babysitting the woman’s mother, Samantha refuses until the creepy-looking husband offers her much more money. Megan, Samantha’s best friend, who gave her a ride, reluctantly leaves her at the house. As the night progresses in the spooky house, Samantha uncovers a suspicious photograph. Eventually, she must fight for her life against a satanic cult.

Like other recent low-budget horror flicks aiming more for suspense, the setup for THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL goes on a bit too long. Apparently, the director couldn’t decide whether he was making a horror movie or a movie about a lonely college student with no money. The satanic mayhem, when it comes, is less gory, but still very bloody. The movie builds up sympathy for Samantha as a victim, but the satanic forces seem to win in the end, though the last scene sets things up for a possible sequel.

In Brief:

In THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, a low-budget satanic thriller, Samantha, a college sophomore, is desperate to earn money for a deposit on an apartment. She reluctantly accepts a babysitting job from an older couple at a large house in the country. When she learns that the job is babysitting the woman’s mother, Samantha refuses until the creepy-looking husband offers her more money. Megan, Samantha’s best friend, who gave her a ride, reluctantly leaves her at the house. As the night progresses in the spooky house, Samantha uncovers a suspicious photograph. Eventually, she must fight for her life against a satanic cult.

Like other recent low-budget horror flicks aiming more for suspense, the setup in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL goes on too long. Apparently, the director couldn’t decide whether he was making a horror movie or a movie about a lonely college student with no money. The satanic mayhem, when it comes, is less gory, but still very bloody. The movie builds up sympathy for Samantha as a victim, but the satanic forces seem to win in the end, though the last scene sets things up for a possible sequel.