The House of the Devil
The House of the Devil (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.

David Jenkins
Time Out

The film's nostalgic design is subtle enough not to dampen the seriously sinister atmospherics.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Scott Weinberg

Made for those who have fond memories of low-key '70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Even the familiar tropes of The House of the Devil are familiar in the right way, like an old, bloodstained sweater.

Will Leitch

West is going to do something outstanding someday, as soon as he figures out something to say.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

West, a rising young director of minor cult pleasures, comes clean here about his love for all things Bava (Mario) and Carpenter (John).

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Ti West obviously knows the genre inside out, as he emulates the style and feel of those horror movies of the '80s with admirable skill (including the… More
Kevin Cookman
Very smartly constructed horror homage/horrifyingly stupid, sadly underdeveloped 80s flick
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Cameron Sherwell
Created in the vain of 80s style horror (really slow zooms and all), 'House of the Devil' does a excedingly good job of building suspense for about 80… More
Josh Lewis
Oh I absolutely loved this movie. It's a brilliant throwback to the old days of horror where the most terrifying thing was what wasn't on screen,… More
Kevin M. Williams
Tension builds from the very first shot and that is what marks this homage to retro horror as special, as nothing has even happened yet. Chilling. With… More