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The House of the Devil


Ti West

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About the Movie

A coed struggling to pay her rent ends up taking the wrong part-time job in writer-director Ti West's old-school 1980s-set horror flick, The House of the Devil. Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) is a sweet-natured and retiring young woman, unlike her rambunctious, loud, and self-assured best buddy, Megan (mumblecore stalwart Greta Gerwig). After moving into a new apartment, Samantha is desperate for a way to make a few more bucks. When Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) comes on campus looking for a babysitter, Samantha jumps at the opportunity. Once she convinces Megan to give her a ride to the creepy old Ulman house, Samantha learns that the job is not quite what was advertised. Ulman and his wife (Mary Woronov) don't even have a child. He tells Samantha that she just has to stay in the house with his elderly mother-in-law while he and the missus go out to celebrate the lunar eclipse. When she balks at the change of plans, he offers her more money. As the night goes on, it becomes clear that Samantha is a much bigger part of the Ulmans' plans for the evening than she would ever want to be. West established his genre credentials with low-budget cult favorites The Roost (which also starred Noonan) and Trigger Man. The House of the Devil also stars A.J. Bowen and Dee Wallace. The movie had its world premiere in the Midnight section of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 95
  • Fresh: 82
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 30, 2009

Fresh: West avoids cliche and cheesiness with wise casting choices. Donahue's naturalistic performance is as persuasive as the subtly sinister portrayals by Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: West's assured way with widescreen framing, long takes and silences followed by sharp if explainable noise are almost cruelly funny in their heart-stopping pleasures. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The House of the Devil is really a romance: a love letter to the kind of gal we thought had given up the ghost. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

seriously scary.

since I am the only review on here, check out reviews on RT or Flixster.. I rented it not knowing anything about it other than it got great reviews and was on some top 10 horror movies lists that year. I watched it alone at night and it freaked me out.

Overall Disappointing

The movie is very slow. Some frightening things happen here and there but when the movie ends I think most people will wonder why they sat through the whole thing...

high school film

This movie was bad. For some reason there were no extras in the movie and the cast was poorly trained. Half of the movie was pointless introductions to the story. The second part was a freaked out girl, and the rest was cheesy slasher drama that mirrored Rosemary's baby and had no point of its own. The acting was weak at best, characters were two dimensional and the plot line never fully explained. It seemed like a group of high school students got together and compiled every cliche they had ever seen in a horror flick.

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