The House of the Devil Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 28, 2015
Made for those who have fond memories of low-key '70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
West is going to do something outstanding someday, as soon as he figures out something to say.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 10, 2012
Sam's end is disturbing but also banal, even silly, but the end is not the point. The point is your anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Edgar
Paste Magazine
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 8.8/10
Jen Yamato
Movies.com
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Ralske
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
Todd Gilchrist
SciFi.com
February 15, 2012
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.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
The House of the Devil takes itself and its cinematic heritage seriously, and is made better by this earnestness.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 14, 2010
Recreates the feeling of 80s horror; less CGI, more imagination and a whole lot of corn syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 18, 2010
It's full of meat and marrow. I'm going in again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 28, 2010
...there's simply never a point at which the almost distractingly uneventful narrative becomes as compelling as one might've hoped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 22, 2010
The pay-off is a little far-fetched, but by then we have had our emotional workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
March 22, 2010
The power of this film lies in the approach to the inevitable final act, rather than the realisation of the act itself.
Jamie Russell
Radio Times
March 22, 2010
The finale descends into predictable mayhem, but it's the build-up that'll haunt you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
March 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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