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CHICAGO – In our latest horror edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “The House of the Devil”!

“The House of the Devil” from writer and director Ti West (read our interview with him here) stars Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, Mary B. McCann and John Speredakos. The 1980s-set satanic thriller opens in Chicago on Nov. 13, 2009 and was part of the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “The House of the Devil” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer our question below. That’s it! This screening will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The House of the Devil from writer and director Ti West
“The House of the Devil” from writer and director Ti West.
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Here is the “The House of the Devil” plot description:

From writer and director Ti West comes “The House of the Devil”: a satanic thriller set in the 1980s starring Jocelin Donahue (J.T. Petty’s forthcoming “The Burrowers”), indie ingénue Greta Gerwig (“Hannah Takes the Stairs,” “Baghead”), Tom Noonan (“Snow Angels,” “Manhunter”), Mary Woronov (“Eating Raoul,” “The Devil’s Rejects”), AJ Bowen (“The Signal”) and Dee Wallace (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”).

Sam (Donahue) is a pretty college sophomore who’s so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman (cult actors Noonan and Woronov) are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods just in time for a total lunar eclipse.

Megan (Gerwig) is Sam’s best friend who gives her a ride out to the house and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. While Victor (Bowen) at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, he quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life.

“The House of the Devil” trailer can be watched now below.

To secure your free tickets now, make sure you’re logged into your HollywoodChicago.com account. If you don’t yet have one, you can quickly register here. Having an account with a valid e-mail address is required. Then, simply add a new comment in the form below. In your comment, include an answer to this question:

What is the most effective scare tactic in a horror film?

Like all Hookups here, this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup is simple: Just submit your comment below and we will award 25 people randomly via e-mail for our “The House of the Devil” Hookup. Winners need to arrive early as seats are consumed on a first-come, first-served basis. Good luck!

HollywoodChicago.com editor-in-chief and publisher Adam Fendelman


© 2009 Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com LLC

cgrgry's picture

What is the most effective scare tactic in a horror film

The hero enters and looks around. There are a million places an attacker could hide. The hero moves forward. It’s so dark and quiet. There’s a curtain blowing in the breeze. The hero passes through. He wipes away the curtain. Suddenly there is the monster

jstar's picture

scare tactic

long suspenseful pause then something immediately startling

madceller's picture

Effective scare tactic in a horror film

Bugs these things are already slimy and nasty critters anyway. Making them be flesh-eating bugs just makes it worse. It always has me checking twice whenever I feel the slightest itch

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bhappy2's picture

scare tactic

The SOUND effects, it builds suspense and momentum and sends shock and fear when least expecting.

dcf218812's picture

Horror Film Scare Tactic

I think the most effective scare tactic is the use of psychological games. While everyone expects a bloody movie, very few anticipate thinking about who the killer might be or why he/she is preforming these devilish acts.

unklepaulie9090's picture

Most Effective Scare Tactic

The most effective Scare tactic is patience… once the audience is lulled into a quiet sense of security only to have it obliterated by everything we thought we knew and understood.

cherief8's picture

Scare tactic


spoortsrock's picture

Scare Tactic

The music combined with suspenseful scenes.

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