The House of the Devil Reviews
The film starts with college girl Sam (brilliantly played by Jocelin Donahue) looking for work in order to pay the rent for her the new house she is about to move into. She finds a note for babysitting work and takes up the offer from the rather creepy Mr Ulman that inevitably leads to a night of terror. Stylistically, the film is a masterpiece. It's made to look like a horror from the 70's and 80's not just from it's setting but down to the aesthetics including the opening and end credits. The tension is built up through the clever use of music making every little bump seem just that bit more threatening.
As enjoyable as this is though, it's held back from greatness by being just that bit too slow. For a film of just 93 minutes, it really needed to get going sooner. As a result, this leaves the ending feeling a bit rushed. In spite of this, if you like your slow, atmospheric horrors, The House of the Devil is well worth a watch.
The acting in the film is fair, however you may find the corky Megan played by Greta Gerwig (Arthor) a funny interest that gives the film a much needed comedic warm up. The film tries hard to give you a tuneful scare and though you may get a shock value during the watch, it falls short when you're looking for it to come again.
Keeps you interested from the start.
Music not bad either
Worth a watch
It is a shame because it has a very good premise but as I stated before it just takes too long to get the plot going and when it gets there the movie is over. One last thing the ending was just too far fetched and stupid.
When it gets there, it does infact shoots up sheer terror to the extreme --- without even breaking the tension build ups. Tho there were some unnecessary scenes in the movie that if deleted, it wouldn't change a thing. It could potentially be a short slow-burn craft than elongating the movement of the character(s) doing stuffs. On the contrary, it is a movie that's worth the watch but not as much as worth the wait.