Late Night Flick: The House of The Devil (Halloween Edition)

Last night while out in the streets of L.E.S. I stopped by 2 boots pizza to get some grub. Dazed, pondering the move for the remainer of the night, a horror movie played in the background without sounds. I can honestly say this is the first horror movie I couldn’t muster up a sense of humor for. After sitting for an hour creeped out. The credits began to roll so I took the opportunity to google searched a few actors in the film. I thought it was a 1980’s flick, only to realized it was released in 2009 with techinques and cameras  from the 80’s.

After her landlady gives her an extension on the deposit for her new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes takes on a babysitting job for Mr. Ulman and his wife. Ulman asks to meet her but stands her up, later apologizing and offering to pay double the original salary. Samantha accepts and gets a ride to the remote mansion from her best friend, Megan, who expresses her distrust. At the house, Mr. Ulman pulls her aside and reveals that he does not have any children; the babysitting job is to attend to his ailing mother. Samantha balks but finally agrees, if he will pay her $400, a significant increase in her pay. Megan immediately leaves, citing Ulman’s lies and peculiar behavior, but she promises to pick up Samantha later. Samantha stays, after accepting the money. On the way home, Megan is abruptly shot and murdered by a stranger, who appears out of nowhere.

After ordering a pizza, Samantha finds evidence in the house that Ulman has likely murdered the original mansion owners and stolen their car. She panics and dials 911 but eventually manages to calm herself down. However, drugs in the pizza cause Samantha to pass out. As a lunar eclipse darkens the night sky, the Ulmans carry out a horrific and bloody ritual, with Samantha at the center. She escapes halfway through the ritual, but horrific images begin appearing in her mind. She stabs and kills most of the cultists, but Ulman chases her out the house and through a nearby cemetery. There, he tells her she was chosen. Samantha threatens him with the gun used to kill Megan, but Ulman passively accepts his fate, claiming to be messenger and gloating that she’s too late. Instead of shooting him, she shoots herself in the head, to Ulman’s horror. The scene cuts to a broadcast about the strange lunar eclipse the night before, which has confounded scientists, as Samantha is revealed to be in a hospital bed, in bandages. A nurse walks in and reassures the unconscious Samantha that both she and her baby will be fine.


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