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on 30 June 2014
Bought this film after catching the last 20 minutes or so on a horror channel on television. Was impressed enough by what I saw to look into buying the film even though I had never heard of it before. The beginning is definitely like watching a very early 80's film intro and to be honest I thought the music was a little tacky at the beginning, although I can see that the director was trying to add to the early 80's film atmosphere. However, don't let that put you off watching the rest of the film.

The films does build up slowly, which to be honest makes it more watchable as you are not given anything too early, which can sometimes ruin films in my opinion. It adds to the mood and makes you want to keep watching. I also love the fact that you are not given too many characters either, which could otherwise ruin the type of community it is supposed to be set in. I think the two house owners are very well cast as both have a scary look about them, which makes the house even more creepier.

The suspense builds and then all of a sudden you are given the true identity of what lives in the house. Unlike the intro music the rest is much better and helps give a scary feel. I wont ruin it for you by telling you what happens, but in my opinion if you like classic horror films like Rosemary's Baby and films that build up tension you will love this. Loads better than the slasher style horror, which in my opinion is just gore for the sake of it. This is definitely a must for those of you who long for horror to be as it was back in those cult horror periods of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

This film deserves its place in the collection of true horror fans. Love it and can't wait to watch again. Turn the lights low and add to the atmosphere it creates for the best effect.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 March 2016
This 2009 psychological suspense horror is set in the 1980s, as college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) applies for a babysitting job at a remote house for Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) and his wife (Mary Woronov). After some missed communications and misgivings from her best friend, Megan (Greta Gerwig), Sam takes the job, but all is not as it seems.
The is a fake ‘based on real events’ effort and is such a slow burner, you’re a third in before Sam even arrives at the house and 2/3 in before she begins to sense anything is truly amiss. [Lose a *]. C’mon, building tension and atmosphere is one thing, but this does neither until half way through. What is good, is the way the tension builds steadily in the last half as things don’t seem to add up and then suddenly leaps into the ***** climax.
The disc plays two trailers then goes to main menu offering play, scene selections, extra features [2 commentaries, in the house of the devil, 3 deleted scenes and trailer] and set up [5.1 or default 2.0]. The $900,000 budget seems high considering it’s basically filmed inside a house, or the exterior of a college campus, and there are no special effects to speak off. The ‘retro’ 80s style will appeal to many as will the build up of tension that eventually releases like a coiled spring, but this lacks shock and awe so is unlikely to please those looking for the gore of ‘Saw’, ’Wrong Turn’ or ‘Hostel’ while for me, not enough was made of the ‘inconsistencies’ that should have played on your inner fears so provided few real scares.
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on 18 September 2016
Really nice throw back to an 80s horror movie you can see Ti West who was born in 1980 is a huge fan of this era. Everything to the music, to the dress styles and even the fonts- it's all here. However this isn't a throw back to cheesy 80s horror. Girl who needs money agrees to babysit in a nice house on the outskirts for $400 when she learns that she is actually sitting for an elderly woman.

House of the Devil will not be for everyone because the movie character builds, not much happens for a good hour, and yes it is very slow. Horror conssierus should have little trouble with this, but the me me me want want want generation will be aiming for the remote control. Movie isn't perfect of course but tension is built up well for some scary moments, though not as scary as the blurb on the DVD cover claims. You'll probably question some of the girls motives, why pry for instance?

Should also be noted that the acting is generally good, especially from babysitter's friend.

Obviously things aren't as they seem to be, just look at the title of movie- won't give anything else away. West has directed this quite brilliantly, there's only really one horrific gore scene and that's the only reason this is an 18 movie. Distributors really need to chill out, on the back of DVD cover it says there are flickering lights not good for epiletic people. Please have they ever seen IRREVERSIBLE? There is SLOW flickering for about 3 seconds.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 26 October 2015
Ti West seems destined to be one of those horror film directors who forever will polarise opinions. For those of us who love the slow burn approach and admire his evident adoration of retro horror, then he hits the mark. Reference The House of the Devil and latterly The Innkeepers. If those two things don't strike a chord with you then it's very likely that The House of the Devil will drive you nuts - but not in a good way.

Plot is simple, Jocelin Donahue plays student Samantha Hughes, who has found the ideal apartment to live in, but needs funds to pay the deposit. Sooooo, answering a flyer advertising for a babysitter, she winds up at some spooky house out in the sticks, where the job isn't exactly what was as expected, and, well the night isn't as expected either...

It's her own fault really, if you ring the bell at a spooky isolated house and Tom Noonan answers the door, well then you should know better than not to run away! But I digress. West's film taps into the satanic panic that gripped certain parts of the states in the 70s and 80s, set in the early 80s the film is a vibrant homage to that era, with a real sense of time and place pulsing away as Samantha is set up for a night of god knows what.

The house is a splendid old creaker and within it Samantha always looks to be one cat's whisker away from being in peril. West doesn't go for continuous boo-jump scares, he lets us and Samantha use our imaginations to unnerve all parties. The screw is slowly turned until hell comes to the party, moving things swiftly to a frenetic finale that closes with a final denouement that old nick himself would approve of.

Dee Wallace Stone does a cameo to add more to the retro flavours, while Noonan and Donahue are superb. It's a film that is patient and asks you for your patience, so those of that ilk, and retro horror hounds too, will love it. Others, not so! 7/10
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on 3 January 2012
The House Of The Devil is the tale of female college student who, in desperate need of cash to pay her rent, agrees to babysit at short notice for a complete stranger in a remote house across town, and is informed at the last minute that the job isn't exactly as advertised, and is lured to remain with a generous amount of extra cash.

The film has a lovely brooding atmosphere, and when the couple leave the babysitter on her own, there's no cheap "passage of time" tactics - the viewer really does get the sense of isolation and brooding chill as the babysitter struggles to find things to occupy her time, tentatively exploring rooms, and beginning to get scared when the girl who was picking her up becomes unreachable and the creaks from upstairs begin to get to her.

It turns into more predictable fayre later, with its old-school Wheatleyesque plot emerging to conclude the film, as hinted at in the opening credits detailing the percentage of Americans who believed in Satanic Ritual Abuse (a mistaken belief that resulted in a plethora of scares, false allegations and people wrongly arrested in the UK as well as the USA when the psychological fad reached Scotland in the late 1980s).

A good atmospheric watch, though for me it loses a point for predictability.
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on 29 November 2017
Excellent Will differently order again mean it thanks merry Xmas and happy new 2018 mean Happy death day excellent film as well happy new year mean it have a nice time and s nice day mrsm it see you later I'm alrite just working now
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on 20 August 2016
Bril - I didn't think they made them like that any more. Think 'Omen', think 'Rosemary's Baby'. Slow burner but all the better for it. Highly recommended
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on 2 January 2012
There's not much I can write here because the movie is among those that are reliant on the feelings they make the audience feel, not what's happening onscreen. Essentially, the atmosphere works and while little is happening, it builds well, providing the knowledge something's definitely not right.
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on 23 June 2015
I had high expectations but found this film a tad dull. You don't really care what happens to them and it's not scary.
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on 19 June 2016
A strange, slow movie, with some interesting twists. A welcome break from some of the 'dumb' horror movies recently.
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