Satan sent us candy!
Yup, you heard right. And not just any candy, 80’s candy, in our latest installment of Doom Deliveries!
One day, an ominous package was left at the doorstep of Geeks of Doom headquarters. At first, it was unclear what the contents were, but the words “Satan” and “Devil” and “Big League Chew” were all over the items. What in hell is this demonic package?
Turns out, it was DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS — yes, VHS — copies of The House Of The Devil, the new “satanic panic” retro horror film, getting its home release on February 2, 2010. Along with the multiple formats for the movie, there was a pack of buttons — one of which read “Satan Sucks” — and an 80’s grab bag of candy, including the aforementioned Big League Chew as well as Nerds, Pop Rocks, Whistle Pops, and much more.
The back of the worn-looking clamshell-housed VHS cassette was the warning: CAUTION: This film contains satanic references and graphic violence.
HA HA HA HA!
GoD staffer CrueChik was hanging out at the headquarters, going through the package, so check out the brief video here below of her opening up its contents.
CLASSIC SATANIC PANIC RETURNS IN ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL AND SCARIEST MOVIES
TO HIT THE SCREEN IN YEARS THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
The Critically Acclaimed Film from Hot Young Director
Ti West Landed On Countless 2009 Top 10 Lists
Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 2, 2010
A creaky Victorian mansion, a graveyard, a lunar eclipse and a pretty college girl: all the elements of classic â€˜80s horror are back â€“ with a modern twist â€“ in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. Hot young writer-director Ti West (â€œThe Roost,â€ â€œCabin Fever 2â€) sets his tale in the early 1980s and he creates an old-school atmosphere of dread and â€œsatanic panicâ€ that rivals the best of that classic era of shockers; the less-is-more approach has been embraced by new audiences, as proven by the phenomenal success of the similarly unsettling â€œParanormal Activity.â€ THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, starring cult figures Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov, as well as some fresh new faces of fear, arrives on disc from Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group on February 2, 2010.
Fans of scare classics like â€œWhen a Stranger Callsâ€ and â€œHalloweenâ€ know that nothing good ever happens when a girl takes a babysitting job. But what fresh new terror awaits the innocent sitter when there arenâ€™t even any children to watch?
THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL has been hailed by critics everywhere. The New York Timesâ€™ Manohla Dargis said West â€œhas come up with a period pastiche that mimics the low-res vibe and look of early-1980s horror. And heâ€™s done it with more shiver than splat. â€¦ Mr. West doesnâ€™t just rise to the horrific occasion, he also revels in its simplicity, squeezing chills by turning on the lights, squeaking the floorboards and, in a heart-thumping scene, sending his heroine up the unavoidable stairs. â€¦ After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers.â€
Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times that West is â€œan admirer of classic horror films and understands that if thereâ€™s anything scarier than haunted house, itâ€™s a possibly haunted house.â€ The Los Angeles Timesâ€™ Roger Abele said West â€œshrewdly uses our entire sense memory of horror movie experiences to bring his seen-it-all audience to a jittery state of unnerving, shoe-dropping anticipation.â€
THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL has a classic, deceptively simple set-up. Samantha (Jocelin Donahue, â€œHeâ€™s Just Not That Into Youâ€), a pretty college sophomore, needs to come up with extra cash to pay the rent in her new apartment. She accepts a babysitting job from Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan), a tall, creepy man who lives in a gloomy old house located next to a cemetery in the woods. Samantha soon learns that Ulman and his wife (Mary Woronov) donâ€™t even h ave a child, but Ulman explains that he simply needs Samantha to keep an eye on his elderly mother-in-law while he and his wife go out to celebrate the lunar eclipse.
As the night goes on, old noises in the big house begin to unnerve Samantha. What is really going on with the unseen old woman secured away upstairs? What are the Ulmans really up to out in the woods in the dead of night? And whatâ€™s with that other weird Ulman family member, Victor (AJ Bowen), whoâ€™s lurking around the old house with mysterious intentions? The only thing that becomes clear to the increasingly terrified Samantha is that she may not make it to sunrise alive.
The cast of THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL represents a feast for fans of classic horror while also featuring rising names on the American indie scene. Tom Noonan became a cult star in the original Hannibal Lecter film, â€œManhunter,â€ and has spooked audiences ever since in such movies as Sean Pennâ€™s â€œThe Pledge,â€ â€œThe Monster Squadâ€ and â€œRoboCop 2â€; he also starred in Ti Westâ€™s impressive debut feature, â€œThe Roost.â€ Mary Woronov, whose career began in Andy Warhol films, including the landmark â€œChelsea Girls,â€ has starred in â€œSilent Night, Bloody Night,â€ â€œChopping Mall,â€ â€œEating Raoulâ€ and â€œThe Devilâ€™s Rejects.â€ Dee Wallace, who appears as the Landlady, starred in â€œE.T.â€ and Stephen Kingâ€™s â€œCujo.â€
Meanwhile, Greta Gerwig, who stars in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL as Samanthaâ€™s best friend, has become the It Girl of the Indies due to her leading roles in â€œHannah Takes the Stairs,â€ â€œNights and Weekendsâ€ and â€œBaghead.â€ AJ Bowen starred in the indie films â€œMaidenheadâ€ and â€œLast Goodbyeâ€ with David Carradine.
Claudia Puig of USA Today called the film â€œalmost unbearably suspenseful,â€ and Entertainment Weeklyâ€™s Lisa Schwartzman said it â€œreclaims the pleasures of the kind of old-school formula that the jokey â€˜Screamâ€™ franchise deconstructed into satire. Thereâ€™s wit but never a wink in this smartly shot production.â€
Peter Debruge wrote in Daily Variety that THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL â€œ… auds seeking a stripped-down retro spine-tingler that builds to an intense climax will appreciate what director Ti West has accomplished.â€
Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, â€œThis is art house horror, heavily influenced by the scary movies made before â€˜Halloweenâ€™ changed the genre.â€
The DVD and Blu-ray special features will include: 5.1 English Audio;English and Spanish subtitles; feature-length commentary with writer-director-editor Ti West and actress Jocelin Donahue; feature-length commentary with writer-director-e ditor Ti West, producers Larry Fessenden and Peter Phok, and sound designer Graham Reznick; â€œIn The House of the Devilâ€; â€œBehind the House of the Devilâ€; Theatrical Trailer; Deleted Scenes
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