house of the devil

The horror genre is an eclectic genre, with films that run the gamut from quiet and thoughtful ruminations on human existence to noisy and barely contained gore and chaos. As a result, many of the films (and filmmakers) working in the genre are divisive figures. One such divisive figure, known for his deliberate pacing, quiet mood creation, and excellent attention to detail, is director Ti West. As his new film, “The Sacrament,” prepares for its theatrical release, it’s worth noting his career up to this point.

If you're in the market for a new home and happen to have $2.1 million sitting around then why not move into the house from the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" film? I know what you're thinking though, West Hollywood, right? Who wants to live in California? Everyone is so damn annoying there, right? And all that traffic? Plus it's full of people from California. Well it does have a guest house also so maybe that outweighs all that other stuff.

If you don't like Colin Farrell then you're a jerk. There I said it. He's so damn charming I just don't get why anyone would dislike him. I bring him up because he's joined Anthony Hopkins in the cast of "Solace", a new flick about an FBI agent who reaches out to a retired psychic to help him track down a murderer. I could understand why you might not like Hopkins though. He comes off as kind of snooty.

Jocelin Donahue, who you might remember disliking after seeing "House of the Devil" has signed on to the cast of "Insidious: Chapter 2". She'll play a young Lorraine Lambert in the film, who I don't particularly remember from the original film but I'm going to go out on a limb and say she was a relative or something of the main characters and spooky stuff happened to her.

Blah blah blah Guillermo del Toro is doing another movie. It's going to be a new version of "The Secret Garden". It's about a garden that's secret and then all kinds of crazy del Toro stuff happens and we all go whoooo and then I ask where the hell the new "Haunted Mansion" movie that he's been talking about for years is.

Joe joins us this week and we're all a bit divided over Ti West's "House of the Devil".

I've got a clip here from Ti West's "House of the Devil". West landed on my radar a few years ago with his shockingly impressive indie film "The Roost". He was then hired to direct "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever", which he has since disowned due to meddling from Lionsgate. This is his next original project, which has gotten mixed reaction so far on the festival circuit. The quality of "The Roost" is enough to keep me tuning in to see what he has in store for the future.

The only things I caught in this red-band trailer for "House of the Devil" that weren't in the first trailer we saw some months ago are all the good press quotes, but it's worth seeing this stuff again. This movie looks awesome, a real throwback (in the best sense) to the supernatural horror that was the genre staple in the 60s and 70s until slashers took over. I know where I'll be on Halloween!

Here's the trailer for Ti West's "House of the Devil". You may recognize West's name from his surprisingly effective Indie horror film "The Roost", or the as-yet-unreleased "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever". "House of the Devil" is the other project he's been working on, and based on the trailer it's turned out pretty damn good. It will be an official selection at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, and hopefully we'll be seeing it some time in 2009. So, check it out and leave your feedback below. The synopsis goes like this: