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The House of the Devil Reviews

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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
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.
November 2, 2009
...there is one scene early on with Mr. A.J. Bowen that is as creepy as anything you're going to get this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
November 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2009
Even the familiar tropes of The House of the Devil are familiar in the right way, like an old, bloodstained sweater.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2009
A group of people old enough to remember VHS parties may very well have flashbacks of the old days - for better and for worse - should they visit The House of the Devil.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 26, 2009
Ti West has been building a reputation among horror fans as an expert in the art of the slow burn, and more power to him for exhibiting something that seems to be increasingly rare in filmmakers in any genre: patience.
October 27, 2009
From his era-appropriate soundtrack to the visual style of his opening credits and his slyly reverential camerawork, West gives his movie the look and feel of a 25-year-old relic, yet nothing about 'Devil' seems stale.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 28, 2015
Made for those who have fond memories of low-key '70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere
October 27, 2009
A fine example of how a talented filmmaker can tackle a horror sub-genre in a way that's stylistically reverential but also original in its own way.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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.
October 29, 2009
This is scary in a way that unrelenting brutality could never be.
March 12, 2010
while its furnishings may be old and not a little worn, in this house, genre fans will feel right at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2009
Yet another of this year's homage-facsimiles, The House of the Devil forgoes campy self-awareness in favor of reverential faithfulness--and in doing so, implicitly critiques contemporary horror cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2009
You have to wait for The House of the Devil to deliver on its promises -- but when it does, holy crap.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 30, 2009
Those of us who remember that strange and marvelous era when the grindhouse gave way to VHS pajama parties are apt to see a kindred spirit at work here.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 5, 2010
By trading in loud and increasingly low-dividend "shocks" for well-earned dread and fear, West immerses the audience in a genuine shared experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2009
After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 29, 2009
Devil is generously unassuming, making the film more of a secret handshake than a blood-spattered, deafening gorefest. The attention to mood and setting is marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 24, 2009
An old school vintage terror yarn that comprehends how horror rules when simmering to a slow boil percolating in its own solidly crafted narrative juices, as opposed to a kneejerk reaction slice 'em up overcooked brew.
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