Directed, written and edited by Ti West , House of the Devil gives a nod to late 70’s/80’s horror films. Using 16mm film, giving the film a retro look, the cinematography of the film also reflects the methods used by directors of the time. For instance, West often has the camera zoom in on characters (rather than dolly in as is now common in film), a technique that was often used in horror films of the 1970s and continued to be used into the 1980s. Other stylistic signifiers include opening credits (which became less common in films in the decades after the 1980s) in yellow font accompanied by freeze-frames and the closing credits being played over a still image of the final scene.
The plot concerns a young college student who is hired as a babysitter at an isolated house and is soon caught up in bizarre and dangerous events as she fights for her life. The film combines elements of both the slasher film and haunted house subgenres while using the "satanic panic" of the 1980s as a central plot element.
The film stars Mary Woronov, Tom Noonan, Jocelin Donahue, Dee Wallace and Greta Gerwig.
The Innkeepers (2011)
Written, directed and edited by Ti West, The Innkeepers centres around two ghost hunter enthusiasts who are working the final weekend of the Yankee Peddler Inn in Connecticut. A slow burn ghost story that mixes 80’s sensibilities with a modern twist.
The film stars Sara Paxton, Pat Healey, Lena Dunham and Kelly McGillis. The film is shot in Torrington Connecticut and at the actual Yankee Peddler Inn.
Opening Credits (.19); Welcome (1.41); Introduction (1.47); Getting To Know You (2.52); Forming the Plot (6.15); Commercial Break (7.54); House of the Devil Trailer (8.29); Scene by Scene (10.29); Forming the Plot II (53.02); Commercial Break (55.40); The Innkeepers Trailer (55.40); Lights, Camera, Action (57.49); Critics Choice (1:41.52); Epilogue (1:46.20); Closing Theme (1:47.03)
Opening Theme – I Can See You – from the album ‘House of the Devil’ by Jeff Grace.
Closing Theme – Til The Casket Drops – from the album ‘Til the Casket Drops’ by ZZ Ward
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