Director: Ti West
Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, A.J. Bowen, Dee Wallace
An indie occult horror gem, independent writer-director Ti West's The House of the Devil also happens to be the strongest entry in the trendy "'80s throwback" movement.
Set against the "Satanic panic" of that decade, West's patiently structured shocker follows a financially strapped college student (Jocelin Donahue) who takes a babysitting job out of money-hungry desperation; unfortunately, she's picked the world's worst employers, a creepy, middle-aged couple (genre veterans Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) living in an effortlessly spooky, old Victorian house and harboring some ghoulish secrets in their basement.
Before the viewer discovers just what they're hiding, though, West first unleashes one of the best "Oh, shit!" moments in recent horror movie history. Of course we're not about to give any clues, but, trust us, you'll know which scene we're referring to once you see it. —MB