The House of the Devil Reviews

October 11, 2018
there are times when 80s nostalgia produces something really unique, as is the case with Ti West's The House of the Devil, a deliberate throwback to the decade that immerses its viewer in the chills and thrills of slow-burn violence.
May 25, 2018
Satanism never gets old.
August 28, 2015
Made for those who have fond memories of low-key '70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere
June 22, 2013
West is going to do something outstanding someday, as soon as he figures out something to say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 25, 2011
The House of the Devil takes itself and its cinematic heritage seriously, and is made better by this earnestness.
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.
August 14, 2010
Recreates the feeling of 80s horror; less CGI, more imagination and a whole lot of corn syrup.
May 18, 2010
It's full of meat and marrow. I'm going in again.
March 28, 2010
...there's simply never a point at which the almost distractingly uneventful narrative becomes as compelling as one might've hoped.
March 22, 2010
The pay-off is a little far-fetched, but by then we have had our emotional workout.
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.
March 22, 2010
The finale descends into predictable mayhem, but it's the build-up that'll haunt you.