If this mediocre bore fest is the best West can offer, then I'm sure the rest of his career will be filled with mediocre quasi-horror...
...there's not much you haven't seen before; but the result is a first-rate run-through of horror tropes,
The cinematic equivalent of really slow, beyond deliberate, wish-it-was-over-with-already kick to the groin. Would've been stellar as a short though...seriously!
| Original Score: 4/10
No-budget no-brainer...but West shows signs of real talent, even if he doesn't have the resources needed to put it to best use.
| Original Score: C
One thing you can say about this movie is that director Ti West knew his limitations and made the most out of the money he had to work with.
| Original Score: 2/5
The director makes the most of the tense slow stretches, with the camera occasionally drifting off in search of action while characters wait in dreadful silence.
Ti West's affectionate homage to no-frills fright flicks keeps it simple and succeeds on its own stripped-down terms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The Roost's pacing is so leaden that you long for a pregnant pause, instead of interminable nothingness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
West gets an enthusiastic round of applause for trusting his eye for stripped-down horror. Now he needs to complete the picture with writing that shows the same conviction.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Roost is a minimalist horror movie with more ambition than resources.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The Roost, writer-director Ti West's homage to low-budget '70s horror movies, places a premium on tension while taking a fresh bite out of the old vampire-bat tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Anyone who says they don't make 'em like they used to just isn't looking hard enough.
| Original Score: 4/5
The Roost was made for about one-hundredth the cost of most Hollywood genre fare and has at least a thousand times the imagination.
...there are some very creative turns and things I honestly did not expect.
It's made by people who have a major love for the genre and generally anything that goes bump in the night.
You know you're in trouble with a horror film when the premise begins with the words 'Four teenagers driving along a country road have a car accident...'
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: C+