• Gregory Day

    ★★ Watched by Gregory Day 23 Oct, 2014

    The mostly aimless first hour builds to a climax that seemingly could have happened at any point once the protagonist entered the house. What some call mood or atmosphere, this viewer only saw endless slow zoom-ins or zoom-outs on doors, faucets, and windows and there is a lot of repetition of these shots.

    The description of this movie on Hulu is "from writer/director Ti West comes perhaps the most intense shocker of the year." Yes, perhaps. Or better yet, perhaps not.

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  • Steve Sharrot

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Steve Sharrot 22 Oct, 2014

    Incredible horror built with amazing tension, genuinely creepy, without being too original. Should See, A-

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  • Matt Taylor

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Taylor 22 Oct, 2014 2

    I think it really speaks to Ti West's abilities as a director that not much actually happens over the course of "The House of the Devil", yet I was constantly scanning each frame for something sinister. Very rarely does he indulge the audience with a pop-up scare or creepy imagery, but he certainly knows how to build suspense.

    The fact that the film is an incredibly convincing recreation of an 80s horror flick is somewhat gimmicky, but it works and…

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  • Adam Baillargeon

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Adam Baillargeon 22 Oct, 2014

    Every time I watch this I become more and more enamored with the final 20 minutes. Ti West puts on a clinic in lighting, sound, editing... everything. It is perfect.

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  • Travis Lytle

    ★★½ Rewatched by Travis Lytle 21 Oct, 2014 39

    Steeped in artifice and flimsy storytelling, Ti West's "The House of the Devil" seems to have caught the eye of horror fans hungry for a throwback to the heady and feather-haired days of 1980s thrillers. To be sure, the film is such a throwback as its design, pace, and sets all revel in the sensibilities of that past decade. Strip those touches away, however, and the film rates only as a run-of-the-mill horror film, relying too much on generating atmosphere…

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  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★★½ Added by Jacob Gehman

    Unbearable. Ti West has composed an agonizingly taut horror experience in which you (or, more accurately, "I") freak the heck out over nothing. The tension is in the air. It menaces. It rears and skitters and, as a viewer, it makes you experience an unbearable anxiety about what is lurking around every corner. West draws this out like an artist, he plays you like a fiddle before finally allowing a concentrated bloodletting to soothe the anxious monster he's created within…

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  • ganjer09

    ★★★½ Watched by ganjer09 21 Oct, 2014

    It has a slow build but the characters are interesting, there are some good scares, and the atmospheric vibe is spooky.

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  • shanderson88

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by shanderson88 21 Oct, 2014 4

    I love second viewings of films so much.

    I have had discussions with the occasional person who flat out refuses to revisit films, saying they could never sit through something again when they already know what happens, and I am the guy on the polar opposite end of the spectrum in this regard. Not only can I watch the same work again and again as long as it tickles my entertainment bone (no, not that, get your mind out of…

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  • Jason Alley

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jason Alley 20 Oct, 2014 2

    A flawless horror film. And even though there's nothing specifically "Halloween-y" about it, there is a definite autumnal vibe, making it excellent viewing this time of year.

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  • Ally Berry

    ★½ Added by Ally Berry

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Aaron King

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Aaron King 19 Oct, 2014 1

    A slow paced horror film that builds on tension as the film slowly lingers on creepy shots. My favorite scene is when she is dancing to One Thing and we as an audience are so caught up in her having fun but are dreading the fact that something bad is going to happen and then she breaks a lamp instead of someone scaring her. A solid horror film.

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  • Andy Summers

    ★★★ Watched by Andy Summers 19 Oct, 2014 8

    FILM #9-HOOP-TOBER

    My friend Todd Gaines has kicked my ass in Cine's October challenge. I never thought for one minute he'd get anywhere near 31 films in this spooky month, but as he nears the finish line I'm stuck many many films behind him ready to take a forfeit. I always had an inkling I'd struggle with this challenge, but thought due to the enthusiasm of the people involved that it was worth a punt despite me being a big…

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