The House of the Devil Reviews

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Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 3, 2009
Less is more, and writer/director/editor Ti West knows it -- until he forgets near the end of this babysitter-in-peril nailbiter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 11, 2010
The heroine walks about campus doing errands for about 20 minutes, then some semblance of a plot begins. Just too slow for horror fans. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 26, 2009
A horror film with no punch.
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 30, 2009
Although the payoff is creepy, it takes a little too long to arrive -- and when it does, it's about as worn-out as the movie's title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
November 13, 2009
It may not completely succeed as a horror film, though I would take its deliberately funky and low-key vibe over the hard-sell nonsense of "Paranormal Activity" any day of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 15, 2009
Not a bad venture into the "girl meets devil" genre but a few rock songs short of a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 31, 2009
Director West gets credit for delaying the mayhem to the last 20 minutes, but fails to evoke a necessary tension until then.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 26, 2009
That's the problem with this sort of homage: Unless you've got a startling new take, you wind up with a movie that's been done hundreds of times before, to much better effect.
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 27, 2009
In the end, this homage to '80s horror is little more than a faithful flashback -- authentic in execution but about as scary as something you saw again and again way back when.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 19, 2010
Things quickly get silly and unscary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
October 30, 2009
The House of the Devil could have certainly turned out stronger with a shorter buildup and a more drawn out climax, but who am I to argue? I haven't been this scared watching a horror film in years.
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
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.
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