The House of the Devil
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The House of the Devil
Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan is Sam's best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. Victor at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The film's nostalgic design is subtle enough not to dampen the seriously sinister atmospherics."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"West is going to do something outstanding someday, as soon as he figures out something to say."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The House of the Devil isn't just a movie: it's an experience. It joins the league of Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen as one of the most diabolical entries in the modern horror library."
‑ Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine
"Laden with dread and executed with a musician's sense of timing, The House of the Devil is better than a substantial number of the films it resembles."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Even the familiar tropes of The House of the Devil are familiar in the right way, like an old, bloodstained sweater."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"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."
‑ Jen Yamato, Movies.com
"A virtual refutation of all of the conventions of contemporary horror that manages to be terrifying precisely because it refuses to give you that gratification until you've almost given up wanting it."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, SciFi.com
"West, a rising young director of minor cult pleasures, comes clean here about his love for all things Bava (Mario) and Carpenter (John)."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sam's end is disturbing but also banal, even silly, but the end is not the point. The point is your anticipation."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"If you don't get a kick out of watching doomed babysitter Samantha put on that portable cassette player and dance around that creepy house to the strains of the Fixx's "One Thing Leads to Another," you might need a course in Horror Appreciation 101."
‑ Josh Ralske, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The sudden climax is a gore-drenched bonanza of Satanic delirium that seems to be making up for the calm that came before, if not spoofing the very idea of cinematic payoff."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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