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The House of the Devil (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 81
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 54,068

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Movie Info

Sam is a pretty college sophomore, 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 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 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. Victor at first seems like just … More

Rating:
R (for some bloody violence)
Genre:
Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Ti West
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 2, 2010
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The House of the Devil

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (13) | DVD (7)

The film's nostalgic design is subtle enough not to dampen the seriously sinister atmospherics.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

West, a rising young director of minor cult pleasures, comes clean here about his love for all things Bava (Mario) and Carpenter (John).

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There's a payoff in The House of the Devil, if you have the patience. Some of the scenes seem draggy, but the characters are complex, and their motivations are explained.

Full Review… | November 19, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Even the familiar tropes of The House of the Devil are familiar in the right way, like an old, bloodstained sweater.

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film may provide an introduction for some audience members to the Hitchcockian definition of suspense: It's the anticipation, not the happening, that's the fun.

Full Review… | November 12, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

West is going to do something outstanding someday, as soon as he figures out something to say.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

The problem with it, and with House of the Devil, is that it's mostly pedestrian stuff leading to a pay off that's just not enough.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Film School Rejects

Sam's end is disturbing but also banal, even silly, but the end is not the point. The point is your anticipation.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
PopMatters

The House of the Devil isn't just a movie: it's an experience. It joins the league of Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen as one of the most diabolical entries in the modern horror library.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Paste Magazine

In this era of torture porn and slasher pics, House of the Devil is a shining example of how to build atmosphere and tension the old-fashioned way.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Movies.com

If you don't get a kick out of watching doomed babysitter Samantha put on that portable cassette player and dance around that creepy house to the strains of the Fixx's "One Thing Leads to Another," you might need a course in Horror Appreciation 101.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Laden with dread and executed with a musician's sense of timing, The House of the Devil is better than a substantial number of the films it resembles.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A virtual refutation of all of the conventions of contemporary horror that manages to be terrifying precisely because it refuses to give you that gratification until you've almost given up wanting it.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012
SciFi.com

The sudden climax is a gore-drenched bonanza of Satanic delirium that seems to be making up for the calm that came before, if not spoofing the very idea of cinematic payoff.

Full Review… | February 1, 2012
LarsenOnFilm

The House of the Devil takes itself and its cinematic heritage seriously, and is made better by this earnestness.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Now this is how you make a scary movie. The House of the Devil is a delicious throwback to the golden era of Hollywood horror -- one that is unapologetically earnest and overwhelmingly committed to the task at hand.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Quickflix

Recreates the feeling of 80s horror; less CGI, more imagination and a whole lot of corn syrup.

Full Review… | August 14, 2010
CinemaBlend.com

It's full of meat and marrow. I'm going in again.

Full Review… | May 18, 2010
Film Freak Central

...there's simply never a point at which the almost distractingly uneventful narrative becomes as compelling as one might've hoped.

Full Review… | March 28, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

The pay-off is a little far-fetched, but by then we have had our emotional workout.

Full Review… | March 22, 2010
Financial Times

The power of this film lies in the approach to the inevitable final act, rather than the realisation of the act itself.

March 22, 2010
Little White Lies

The finale descends into predictable mayhem, but it's the build-up that'll haunt you.

Full Review… | March 22, 2010
Radio Times

A master of the slow-burn, West carefully creates an atmosphere of clammy dread through Noonan and Woronov's off-kilter performances and dialogue, and direction that encases Donahue in shadow or squeezes uncomfortably close-in.

Full Review… | March 22, 2010
Sky Movies

Imagine a bad Ken Loach film invaded by monsters from a George A. Romero movie that's run out of cash, and you've already visualised a movie better than this one.

Full Review… | March 22, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

Although the last reel is a little disappointing, the twist ending is a scream.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Times [UK]

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

Oh I absolutely loved this movie. It's a brilliant throwback to the old days of horror where the most terrifying thing was what wasn't on screen, rather than what is on screen and splattered all over the place. It was made in 2009, but looks so genuinely authentic for when it takes place you would swear they shot it in the 70's. Even the titles and music match. I don't want to give anything away, but this film has many surprises in store and if you are a lover of horror films you have to watch it.

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jlewis07
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

½

Very smartly constructed horror homage/horrifyingly stupid, sadly underdeveloped 80s flick

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Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Created in the vain of 80s style horror (really slow zooms and all), 'House of the Devil' does a excedingly good job of building suspense for about 80 minutes only to blow it during the climax stage of the narrative. Unfortunate really as what it started of as seemed like a masterclass in horror.

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Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

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