"After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers."
Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Pick of the Week"
"The House of the Devil is by far the freakiest and most unnerving shocker in theatres this season."
The Austin Chronicle
"A modest tour de force of voyeuristic, atmospheric tension."
Robert Abele, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"During the first hour or so of deliberately paced tension building, The House of the Devil is almost unbearably suspenseful...What this film does best is play upon our innate sense of dread, using classic horror details."
"Ominous...Unrelenting ...Paralyzing fear." - Four Stars
TIME OUT NEW YORK
"The rare scary film that does not pander to its audience"
"Writer-director Ti West's crisp, economical, satisfying little horror pic reclaims the pleasures of the kind of old-school formula that the jokey Scream franchise deconstructed into satire. There's wit but never a wink in this smartly shot production, which pays homage to the 1980s without fetishizing the era."
"The film is tonally perfect"
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"FOUR STARS - You're on the edge of your seat so long it’s nearly hell—and hell, by the way, is even scarier after you see The House of the Devil."
"A wet dream for horror fans"
"A deliberately paced, well-acted, quite scary scare-fest"
"One of the most gorgeous, sexy, and vital horror films in recent memory... The best horror film of 2009."
"Clearly the American indie-horror flick of the year."
"In a year where there's been a lot of strong horror offerings-- Ti West's The House of the Devil is clearly the best of the bunch"
"The best '80s babysitter-in-peril movie never made"
From writer-director Ti West comes THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, a satanic thriller set in the 1980s starring Jocelin Donahue (JT Petty's forthcoming THE BURROWERS), indie ingénue Greta Gerwig (HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, BAGHEAD), Tom Noonan (SNOW ANGELS, MANHUNTER), Mary Woronov (EATING RAOUL, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS), AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL) and Dee Wallace (E.T., Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN).
Sam (Donahue) 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 (cult actors Noonan and Woronov) 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 (Gerwig) 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 (Bowen) at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloodyfight for her life....