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March 27, 2019
Very entertaining 80s-style horror that didn't hold up to a second viewing but left a lasting disturbance in the back of my mind.
March 5, 2019
Another great modern horror movie.
January 26, 2019
No talking and the added grain made it look cheaply made
½ December 19, 2018
I'm sure the production team had a lot of fun with this feature, a pitch perfect recreation of a late 70s/early 80s "teenager in peril" horror film. Right from the opening credits, with bad font and freeze frame and the spooky synth soundtrack, those who remember the genre from when it was new will be tickled. There is a really really slow build as we meet Samantha (Jocelin Donahue), the babysitter hired by a weird older couple (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov), and her rebellious friend, Megan (Greta Gerwig), with feathered Farrah hair, who drives her out to the upstate New York house. It turns out that Sam is meant to babysit Woronov's elderly mother rather than any actual baby - on the night of a lunar eclipse that turns out to be significant (the opening credits tip us off that Satanism is somehow involved). Of course, Sam is soon alone in the dark and quiet old house and suspense builds and builds. In fact, this is probably the point of the film - how long can the director (Ti West, who also wrote the screenplay) toy with us by offering false alarms, just bumps in the night? And then suddenly there is a burst of horror and the film rushes to its conclusion. Perhaps there is ultimately less than meets the eye but I personally felt satisfied - I don't need any drawn out gory horror but rather some indicative supernatural flourishes will fulfil me plenty. (We get a bit more than that). In the end, this is a showcase for directorial fetishism, I suppose, and it seems that Ti West's career in horror has been assured. If all of his work is "old school", I might be tempted to check more of it out (despite the low IMDb ratings).
November 28, 2018
Slow horror movie is very, very slow. The 80's homage thing is taken a bit too seriously and just makes it feel weary and dated.
November 12, 2018
Loved It!
Homage to Old School 1970's Horror/Cult Films, and Hammer Horror. But, with a better budget, better technology, and better Fx.
October 9, 2018
Movie is dumb, Plot is as thin as you can imagine. Basically is the main character walking around the house for like 45 minutes trying and failing to build suspense. A super rushed ending in the final 10-15 minutes. And a plot twist as dumb as the movie in general. Don't waste you time. Watch the official trailer you'll know what I mean. 1:45 of nothingness with 10 seconds of excitement.
May 14, 2018
Slow build with a good level of suspense. Part slasher, part supernatural. Worth a watch.
February 16, 2018
A very good horror movie. Ti West delivers suspense and thrills in this throwback to the '80s gem. The movie takes a bit to get going, but once it does, it really drums up a tense and scary atmosphere. The acting is superb led by the protagonist Jocelin Donahue. Hopefully there's a sequel to this film.
½ January 14, 2018
Really well done 80s throw back. Builds slowly with fear and suspense.
½ September 16, 2017
The House of the Devil is a slow burner and won't be for everyone, especially if you like your horrors to be more visual than atmospheric.

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.
½ September 8, 2017
Despite the slow pacing of this film, the very best part is the hard work they had to put into making it look like an 80's film. Everything seems right on point and you'll get a kick out of it if you were around during that era. The pizzeria up to the walkman will remind you of a time where cell phones and e-mails weren't such a necessity as they are now.

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.
½ September 2, 2017
I'm kind of surprised this movie didn't do better. This starts off like a classic 80's slasher flick and then turns into something entirely different. I thought it was really cleverly done. It's not a cheap thrill movie, which might be what most people want. It's more of a thinking movie, though there's a lot of blood, too.
August 30, 2017
I respect The House Of The Devil's effort to build a film off of suspense rather than cheap scares. However, apart from Donahue's portrayal of Samantha, the characters feel one dimensional and under developed. The payoff would have been so much more effective had the suspense been built off of more than just mindless exploration of an old house.
½ August 7, 2017
Ok unless you're a 50 year old horror movie hipster do not watch this movie. Everyone on here says it's amazing because of the way it is made but the plot is terrible. Nothing happens for 2 whole hours and within the last few minutes everything goes crazy. Then there's a "plot twist" that had no build up whatsoever it's very hard to understand what's going on in the end because there was no buildup for the past 2 hours.
July 11, 2017
Well directed and put together.
½ June 25, 2017
I don't think that I've seen a lot of movies that are quite like this one, it's very different from most modern movies. If you know horror genres well, you can definitely see that director/writer/editor Ti West isn't just trying to pay homage to the low-budget slasher/horror pics of the 70's and 80's, but actually trying to recreate them. And I'll hand it out to them that the film is actually good and it builds tension, slowly, but very well. And Jocelin Donahue was a perfect choice for the role of an innocent, clean-cut girl. It makes me want to watch more of Ti West's movies. Recommended !!
½ June 19, 2017
This film has a 70's early 80's Grindhouse feel.
Keeps you interested from the start.
June 13, 2017
I really liked this movie. The slow burn, plus the 80s movie vibe with today's graphics (and gore content) make it a pretty unique horror movie. Plus, the 80s music is delightful. I would definitely consider buying it, but it's normally available on a streaming platform.
½ June 9, 2017
Kudos to Ti West for making an effectively chilling and memorable horror film where more than a third of the run-time is spent with the protagonist alone in an old house. West masterfully builds the tension as the young woman remains oblivious to the pieces of the puzzle the audience is occasionally clued into. Many people don't like this movie because it's pretty much build-up until the last 10 minutes. While I understand this opinion, much of the build-up is so effective in providing an anxiety-inducing experience. We get a sense of who this woman is as we watch her roam around the confines of the house, coming up with ways to kill time. The main complaint I would have is that there should have been a bit more to the payoff. Everything goes crazy very briefly and I wasn't sure why the villains had to wait all night to make their move against her. While I do think the lead up to the action was very well done, I would agree with some critics of this film that the ending could have used a bit more substance instead of just turning into a blood bath.
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