The House of the Devil Reviews

Aug 5, 2020
The grainy cinematography, slow pace and rhythm make The House of the Devil feel as if it came out with those old Wes Craven and Dario Argento cheapies. Unfortunately, homage isn't enough to add anything original to the proceedings.
Jun 30, 2020
The atmosphere was fun and the suspense was great-all the scenes where the babysitter is just wandering the house were incredibly tense. And then it all just dissipates when the action starts, because this movie has nothing really to say...
Oct 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.
Mar 28, 2010
...there's simply never a point at which the almost distractingly uneventful narrative becomes as compelling as one might've hoped.
Mar 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.
Mar 19, 2010
Things quickly get silly and unscary.
Jan 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.
Dec 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.
Nov 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 26, 2009
A horror film with no punch.
Oct 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.
Aug 31, 2009
Director West gets credit for delaying the mayhem to the last 20 minutes, but fails to evoke a necessary tension until then.
May 15, 2009
Not a bad venture into the "girl meets devil" genre but a few rock songs short of a hit.
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