I really liked this one. The first thing I liked, nay, loved about this one is the awesome vintage styling. It just looks so authentic. The hair, the clothes, the cars, the music, the little details like the old-school phone… all excellent.
The lead actress was very likeable even though she didn’t have that much to do, for most of the film, apart from hang around the house. Oh, I forgot to tell you what it’s about, didn’t I? Well, basically Samantha is a hard up student who reluctantly takes a babysitting job for a creepy dude on the night of a lunar eclipse. So, babysitting all night means she doesn’t have much to do, but that doesn’t matter.
Her best friend is played by Greta Gerwig, who everyone seems to love, so I guess that’ll earns extra points.
But for my money it’s Tom Noonan (yep, the original Francis Dollarhyde) and the prolific Mary Woronov who really shine as the creepy couple who hire the young babysitter.
This is an excellent homage to the classic (and not always that good) devil movies of the 1970s and 80s, which preyed on people’s fears of satanic cults, devil worship and human sacrifice. Really, what’s not to like?
Umm, actually, I wasn’t mad keen on the ending but I appreciate that it’s totally in keeping with the type of film Ti West (yeah, it’s one of his) was trying to rework. I think the stingy IMDB score of 6.4 is a bit shit but then these are the same people who put X-Men: Days of Future Past in the 250 best films ever*, so, you know.
Score: 7.5 satanic rituals out of 10
*Yeah, I quite liked it. I like all the X-Men movies but top 250 of all time? Nah.
Tune in again for more devil-related nonsense tomorrow.
Not satisfied? Can’t wait? Want more devil now? You’re in luck… why not go and see what devilish business is going on over at Eric’s place?