The House of the Devil Reviews

  • Nov 21, 2022

    Atmospheric, slow-burning, visceral and headed by a very powerful cast, especially the horror icon Tom Noonan. Ti West really outdid himself with this one.

    Atmospheric, slow-burning, visceral and headed by a very powerful cast, especially the horror icon Tom Noonan. Ti West really outdid himself with this one.

  • Oct 26, 2022

    Before his acclaimed "X" trilogy, whereas Ti West has full command of craftsmanship to creatively embrace previously acclaimed styles, this is considerably an accessible breakthrough that introduced his definitive style. Agreeably a nice throwback while narratively, by probable recognition, unique as the slow burn pacing puts you on suspense stemmed from generic expectation experienced through the genre's many duds which could be the reason why this got critically acclaimed albeit the familiar themes being replayed but expressed rather refreshingly. Of course what doesn't change unpleasantly is the obligation to get all gory when the shock can still be retained as effective but without the disturbing sight. (Before gores were allowed to be graphically shown, how many horror films managed to go around without such explicit detail and managed to maintain the storytelling rate?). Doesn't scare, but shock and disturb, whilst rewarded over the stylish throwback as a debatable contribution amidst the genre's mixed directional tactics. (B)

    Before his acclaimed "X" trilogy, whereas Ti West has full command of craftsmanship to creatively embrace previously acclaimed styles, this is considerably an accessible breakthrough that introduced his definitive style. Agreeably a nice throwback while narratively, by probable recognition, unique as the slow burn pacing puts you on suspense stemmed from generic expectation experienced through the genre's many duds which could be the reason why this got critically acclaimed albeit the familiar themes being replayed but expressed rather refreshingly. Of course what doesn't change unpleasantly is the obligation to get all gory when the shock can still be retained as effective but without the disturbing sight. (Before gores were allowed to be graphically shown, how many horror films managed to go around without such explicit detail and managed to maintain the storytelling rate?). Doesn't scare, but shock and disturb, whilst rewarded over the stylish throwback as a debatable contribution amidst the genre's mixed directional tactics. (B)

  • Oct 21, 2022

    Tom Noonan is wasted in this. It's too slow regardless of the ending

    Tom Noonan is wasted in this. It's too slow regardless of the ending

  • Oct 19, 2022

    You know, I liked it.. I like the concept, the acting, the atmosphere and the ending. But a lot of what I guess you would call the buildup and suspense was honestly just a bit boring, sorry to say!

    You know, I liked it.. I like the concept, the acting, the atmosphere and the ending. But a lot of what I guess you would call the buildup and suspense was honestly just a bit boring, sorry to say!

  • Oct 14, 2022

    PSA: this movie was such a waste of time that I created a rotten tomatoes acct to leave this review. Slog through 1.5 hours of pointless setup with no payoff. Feels like a mediocre art school project, do not bother

    PSA: this movie was such a waste of time that I created a rotten tomatoes acct to leave this review. Slog through 1.5 hours of pointless setup with no payoff. Feels like a mediocre art school project, do not bother

  • Sep 29, 2022

    Nice to see movies shot on actual film. Love seeing Mary Woronov and Tom Noonan. I saw the ending coming miles away but still a nice watch.

    Nice to see movies shot on actual film. Love seeing Mary Woronov and Tom Noonan. I saw the ending coming miles away but still a nice watch.

  • Sep 25, 2022

    I ain't into demonic rituals but $400 is $400. After being pleased-but-not-blown-away by both The Innkeepers and X, I was beginning to wonder if I just didn't jive with Ti West's directorial style, until I watched the The House of the Devil. There is a similar influence from genre classics in all of his work, along with a preference for period settings and slower pacing that builds to an ultimate crescendo, but here it all seems to come together more organically and with greater reward. Most of the runtime is an exercise in gradually increasing tension, with a series of visual clues that go from mildly suspicious, to off-putting, and ultimately to darkly prophetic. The moments of everyday activity are punctuated by brief shots of extreme violence that catch you off-guard. Though the ultimate payoff or reveal doesn't really break new ground in horror, the steps that we take to get there are done with such solid pacing and structure that it doesn't really matter. Liked the grainy film quality and the old-school credit styles that bookend the film, nice touch to the period vibe. (3.5/5)

    I ain't into demonic rituals but $400 is $400. After being pleased-but-not-blown-away by both The Innkeepers and X, I was beginning to wonder if I just didn't jive with Ti West's directorial style, until I watched the The House of the Devil. There is a similar influence from genre classics in all of his work, along with a preference for period settings and slower pacing that builds to an ultimate crescendo, but here it all seems to come together more organically and with greater reward. Most of the runtime is an exercise in gradually increasing tension, with a series of visual clues that go from mildly suspicious, to off-putting, and ultimately to darkly prophetic. The moments of everyday activity are punctuated by brief shots of extreme violence that catch you off-guard. Though the ultimate payoff or reveal doesn't really break new ground in horror, the steps that we take to get there are done with such solid pacing and structure that it doesn't really matter. Liked the grainy film quality and the old-school credit styles that bookend the film, nice touch to the period vibe. (3.5/5)

  • Aug 22, 2022

    6 years ago- Living and dying on paranoia, this throwback to 80s horror lives on suspense until a brilliantly bloody third act.

    6 years ago- Living and dying on paranoia, this throwback to 80s horror lives on suspense until a brilliantly bloody third act.

  • Aug 15, 2022

    A proper ode that 70's horror fans will appreciate due to the solid characters, retro atmosphere, and ultimately the dark finale that results from building up suspense the old-fashioned way.

    A proper ode that 70's horror fans will appreciate due to the solid characters, retro atmosphere, and ultimately the dark finale that results from building up suspense the old-fashioned way.

  • Jul 19, 2022

    Great slow burn. The use of 16mm film, low-fi audio and retro styles like camera angles and such really make it feel like an 80's horror film. It seems like for over 10 minutes in the film nothing at all happens while she explores the house, which is refreshing compared to the frantic pace of modern films. I'm usually exhausted with the epic adventure most characters take, barely able to keep track of all the events, so the "less is more" trick really worked here.

    Great slow burn. The use of 16mm film, low-fi audio and retro styles like camera angles and such really make it feel like an 80's horror film. It seems like for over 10 minutes in the film nothing at all happens while she explores the house, which is refreshing compared to the frantic pace of modern films. I'm usually exhausted with the epic adventure most characters take, barely able to keep track of all the events, so the "less is more" trick really worked here.