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The House of the Devil [Blu-ray] (2010)

Jocelin Donahue , Greta Gerwig , Ti West  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, AJ Bowen
  • Directors: Ti West
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OVO17Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House of the Devil [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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After years of vivisectionist splatter, here is a horror movie with real shivers. -- --New York Times

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The Horror Film of the Year available on Blu-ray.

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 creaky 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 bloody fight for her life...

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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror done correctly October 4, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
"The House of the Devil" is an assured little film that fondly invokes horror films from the 1970s and 1980s. Many people are going to complain that this movie is slow and boring, but they are missing the joys of this type of film making completely. The best horror is a slow burn leading up to the proverbial poo hitting the whirling blades. You have time to begin to care about these characters, before something terrible happens to them and it cuts deep.

The plot: a college student is ready to move out of her dorm and into a nice rental home, but needs to make some quick cash to pay the first month's rent. Responding to a flyer requesting a babysitter, she will get much more than she bargained for.

The final twenty minutes, while rapid-paced and bloody, do not live up to the promising tension built up by the rest of the movie. However, if the end was a bit of a letdown, overall the movie was very well done. This is not the action-packed gore fest that some people might be expecting. Instead, it is a solid throwback to horror films that used setting, tone, atmosphere, character-building, and music to build up to the scary!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I attended a midnight screening of Ti West's 'House of the Devil' in Boston last weekend. I had seen a lot of press about the film which led me to watch the trailer. Seeing the inclusion of genre vets Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov assured me that this was a film that had it's roots firmly planted in the late '70's through to the mid '80's.

The film is one that is not for those who are looking for a quick paced, gore filled scream fest. It is, however, for those who enjoy an atmospheric, character driven movie. The film does have well done effects, a very atmospheric score, and very solid cinematography.

If Mr. West is involved with the marketing of this film then I say job well done. For a film that really does feel from that era the choice to simultaneously release it on VHS as well as DVD is a great one, and for people who collect VHS, like myself, should buy this one as it comes in an over sized clamshell case.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear of What You Can't See November 16, 2009
Format:DVD
You'd think a title like "The House of the Devil" would tell you everything you need to know. It does tell you a few things; this is, indeed, a story that involves evil people and hapless victims, who of course are young and female. But on the whole, this movie plays against everything you would probably expect, which in this case is a compliment. Instead of the usual gory camp fest, where idiotic teenagers are a dime a dozen, "The House of the Devil" is a quiet, slowly paced exercise in suspense, where apprehension comes not from bad things happening but from the idea of bad things happening. It's the kind of film where story plays second fiddle to style, the first hour spent on virtually nothing except establishing mood. This is good because, when there finally is a startling moment, we really do feel it.

The mood is so thoroughly established that one can't help but be somewhat disappointed by the final ten minutes, when all is explained (as best as can be explained, anyway). That's the inherent flaw with suspense: What leads up to the ending is always more frightening than the actual ending. Fortunately, the last major scene is amped up with a final shot so unnervingly ambiguous, you may find yourself clutching onto your armrest waiting for something to happen.

In spite of its fresh approach, the story effectively makes use of familiar horror movie themes. Taking place sometime during the 1980s, it tells of Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue), a young college student trying to make it on her own but in desperate need of cash. Lo and behold, she spots on a bulletin board a want ad for a babysitter, and when she calls, she's immediately offered the job. As is always the case, the house she goes to is old, ornate, and located deep in the woods, far, far away from any other house.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dripping wet with atmosphere, but dry on action February 14, 2010
Format:DVD
High praises to Director Ti West with this excellent attempt. House of the Devil avoids current pratfalls and absurd, over-the-top rubbish that placates most new horror flicks. Thumbs up for that. This is more of a subtle, intelligent suspense story that will challenge your wits.

However, it's far from perfect. This movie doesn't deliver anything very original with the premise. Another college student/babysitting type of setup. But the idea of a satanic cult touches on a sensitive nerve that is all too disturbing.

But the Devil never really gets his due. This movie has solid acting, good character development, and creepy sound effects. Unfortunately, not much of a payoff for your patience. The story tiptoes along, and finally reaches a frightening bloody climax. Too bad it ends so abruptly.

Overall, House of the Devil is a well told story that includes a little gore. Just not much else happening. 3.5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear of the dark baby... February 9, 2010
Format:DVD
Once in a blue moon a horror film comes along that reaffirms your faith in the genre. The House of the Devil is one such film, written and directed by Ti West who gives the film a throwback look and feel, and is a delightful homage to classic suspense. The story revolves around 80s college student Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) who takes a babysitting job from an odd couple (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov), only to discover that her clients plan to use her in a satanic ritual. For a majority of its running time, The House of the Devil features some powerful moments of suspense and genuine terror. While its conclusion may leave something to be desired, plus some glaring plot holes as well, The House of the Devil regardless remains a worthwhile horror endeavor. All in all, if you're looking for something that will truly give you some scares, look no further then The House of the Devil, and if you're horror tastes definitely run the way of the old school, pick up this VHS/DVD bundle of the film, which is a surprising slice of nostalgiac charm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars House of the Devil
This film is based on actual events which makes it twice as scary. A young female babysitter is takes a job in a creepy mansion. Her friends warn her but she does not listen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Film!
This film is definitely what many horror films are lacking today. The lose of endless eery supense along with strong character development is what makes this film work like those... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E.Most
3.0 out of 5 stars Made in 2009 but filmed to take place in the ...
Made in 2009 but filmed to take place in the 80's, this babysitter takes a gig to watch an elderly woman on the night of a lunar eclipse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alissa Nicole Koblentz
1.0 out of 5 stars The throwback 80's style presentation was the only thing good about...
The throwback 80's style presentation was the only thing good about this movie. The build up leading to the weak and predictable ending was slow and mundane.
Published 3 months ago by Lacey F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary!
"The House Of The Devil" was better than I expected. Due to the title of this film, I thought it was going to be corny and silly - but that's not the case at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by goth chick
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY...TAKE MY WORD FOR IT!!!
I saw this movie on the chiller channel and I had to have this movie. If I am willing to see the same movie over and over again, then this is a movie that I am going to purchase. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pickles
1.0 out of 5 stars aweful
this movie was terrible, a horror movie musical starring sean patrick flannery, except it was not scary by any means.
Published 5 months ago by se_dewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter... is that you?
First 7 minutes: lightly gripping, retro-80's collegiate drama

Following 14 minutes: a seemingly mundane opportunity entangled in mystery and an unshakable feeling of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Wiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Quite a decent horror film by most measures. Not much to say that hasn't already been said in over 150 previous reviews, so just logging in 4 Stars so prospective viewers have a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Russell Erwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarey!!!
Such a great horror film! Really takes you back to the 1970's way of filmmaking!!
Definitely a must see!! :-)
Published 6 months ago by Courtney Watson
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