The House of the Devil Reviews

Oct 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.
Aug 14, 2010
Recreates the feeling of 80s horror; less CGI, more imagination and a whole lot of corn syrup.
Mar 22, 2010
The pay-off is a little far-fetched, but by then we have had our emotional workout.
Mar 22, 2010
The power of this film lies in the approach to the inevitable final act, rather than the realisation of the act itself.
Mar 19, 2010
Things quickly get silly and unscary.
Mar 19, 2010
The film's nostalgic design is subtle enough not to dampen the seriously sinister atmospherics.
Mar 15, 2010
Slow-building dread rather than all-out splat, House keeps you guessing which way the sneaky plot is going, all adding up to a satisfying shocker.
Feb 1, 2010
In today's ironic age, a movie like The House of the Devil that wears its homages proudly%u2014and wears them this well%u2014is something to be celebrated, and this Blu-ray release should attract it the fanbase it deserves.
Dec 17, 2009
In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.
Dec 3, 2009
West, a rising young director of minor cult pleasures, comes clean here about his love for all things Bava (Mario) and Carpenter (John).
Nov 19, 2009
There's a payoff in The House of the Devil, if you have the patience. Some of the scenes seem draggy, but the characters are complex, and their motivations are explained.
Nov 13, 2009
There is a lot about The House of the Devil to admire but West ultimately likes the slow burn a bit too much and it fizzles out.
Nov 12, 2009
Even the familiar tropes of The House of the Devil are familiar in the right way, like an old, bloodstained sweater.
Nov 12, 2009
The film may provide an introduction for some audience members to the Hitchcockian definition of suspense: It's the anticipation, not the happening, that's the fun.
Nov 6, 2009
The finale has energy to spare, all of it leading up to a gloriously shocking coda that, while not new, seriously made my skin crawl.
Oct 30, 2009
Part of the film's off-kilter surreality comes from its retro look, tone, cinematography, and even music.
Oct 30, 2009
More concerned with stretching nail-biting suspense to the breaking point than finding new ways of making heads explode.
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 30, 2009
The House of the Devil is really a romance: a love letter to the kind of gal we thought had given up the ghost.
Oct 30, 2009
West's assured way with widescreen framing, long takes and silences followed by sharp if explainable noise are almost cruelly funny in their heart-stopping pleasures.
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