I like this film because it gives me the full 80s vibe. I feel like I'm living in the 80s tbh. Slow-paced film, nothing happened until the last 20 or 15 minutes of the film. There were still some mysterious, hauntingly vibes in this film. Not really scary, but rather chilling.
"In this era of torture porn and slasher pics, HOTD is a shining example of how to build atmosphere and tension the old-fashioned way. ...It’s a slow burner that ... is so understated and authentic, you could pass it off as a lost horror film from the early Reagan years. Credit excellent subdued cinematography, subtle camera work, and the sweet ‘80s dance moves...." - Jen Yamato, Movies.com
(3.5 stars) A film that does a wonderful job of creating a mood and recreating an era, not only in time but in a film genre as well. That being said... there was just very little substance to what was going on. However, the film is still quite engaging. Just wish there was more that happened. It is surprisingly light on event/horror/action/everything... up until the last 20 minutes.
West is the master of slow burn horror, where character interaction and cameras that journey around the frame help build tension that is finally released in a bloody final act. I loved the tribute to early 80s, girl-in-peril horror, with the lead character an innocent puppy dog caught up with a mongrel crowd of Satanists. Even if the finale seemed a bit too clipped, the film captures the frothy spirit of those times.
The House of the Devil suffers from poor pacing and weak narrative. The film takes an hour to begin to develop any real sense of tension. A photograph seems to be all it takes to convince the heroine she might be in danger, and though it's true, it doesn't seem plausible that she believes it. The film becomes more satisfying in its final 20-30 minutes, but it takes 45 minutes longer than it should to get there.
While this movie was a nice reminder of the old 80's horror flicks. It also reminds you that most of the old horror movies have been forgotten because they are one dimensional. This film is the same was. The mystery is just not there, and it remains predictable throughout the entire movie. I love the idea of the film; it just needs to be revamped and use a fresh perspective.
By making this, Ti West proves he is one of truly best horror auters. Slow-burn tension, bombastically featherd hairstyle, aflluently grainy darkness, sinister twist at ending. As 70's & 80's horror fun, I bow my head to West respectfully, wail out with waterfall tears, at the end blood splashes from holes in my whole body & I'm dead. P.S. it's very interesting that Greta Gerwig & Lena Dunham is in same film.
I found this film to be enticing the entire film. The film carries a sense of “surprise” throughout. It was interesting to see how non-cliche this movie was. I was pretty impressed. Just as you think you know what is going to happen, the film takes a left turn. It kept me on my toes. I am very pleased.