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October 29, 2009

The House Of The Devil is open!


My favorite holiday is creeping around the corner, and just in time to coincide with that, the best horror movie of this year, last year and maybe the year or two before that is opening on Friday in select cities. I don't say this in hyperbole; when I originally wrote about The House Of The Devil and compared it to Rosemary's Baby, I was in deadly earnest. This is a legitimately scary movie, and, all genre concerns aside, an impressively assured piece of filmmaking. Hats off to Magnolia for restoring Ti's original cut, and for doing so well promoting it - it's been acclaimed by everyone from Roger Ebert to Entertainment Weekly. It's available On Demand, but if you're in New York, LA or Austin this weekend, you won't find a better capper to your Halloween than seeing this film up on the silver screen, preferably with someone whose hand you don't mind squeezing for 90 minutes. This is a film that deserves to be a sensation; given the number of screens it's on, it'll probably have to settle for becoming a classic, which is in itself a very worthy fate, but still - let's see how big of a dent we can make this weekend. Go here to see where and when it's playing near you, and to watch the trailer.

Available concurrently is Ti's web series for IFC, Dead & Lonely. When he showed me the rough cuts of the first few episodes, I noted that they felt like a strange hybrid of 80s and post-millennial Michael Mann - digital minimalism with a Tangerine Dream score. The whole series will be online by the end of the week...

Posted by David Lowery at October 29, 2009 1:42 AM