Last weekend, I sat down with filmmaker Ti West at the Apple Store SoHo, as part of the annual Tribeca Talks hosted by indieWIRE. We spent the time geek-chatting about horror in general, as well as about West’s terrific fourth feature, The House of the Devil, which premiered at Tribeca this year. I hadn’t seen the film when we did the panel, but I wound up seeing it and really digging it. You can download the full conversation on iTunes as a podcast.
Don’t take it from me that the movie delivers. Eric Snider says more-or-less the same thing at Cinematical: “West is trying to balance the slow set-up with the nightmarish climax, and I guess it’s impossible to know exactly what the right mixture is. Either way, this is terrific work, cold and gripping and very devilish indeed.” Eric Kohn, meanwhile, had this to say at indieWIRE: “Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a wet dream for horror fans, but that should not limit its audience. The classical structure slowly builds tension before erupting into a decisively gory finish, harkening back to a smarter and more nuanced era of spooky storytelling.”
The film is currently seeking distribution, and I can understand why. It’s not an easy, slam-dunk horror product. It’s better than that.