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The House of the Devil

The House of the Devil Movie Review
Posted on March 20, 2016 by James Shults

Release Date: May 4, 2012

Director: Ti West

Overall Rating: Good

Desperate to get her own apartment, Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) is a college student who takes a babysitting job for an unusual couple.

The Good

Jocelin Donahue is a very naturalistic actor with her portrayal of Samantha. She’s completely believable as a college student who’s desperate yet resilient. That she takes a babysitting job under bizarre circumstances¬†might not work if not for the vulnerability of the character.

 

The Bad

The second act of The House of the Devil is unnecessary. Or, at best, it’s not fulfilling. It’s about two thirds of the movie that could be cut without the story being effected. It’s just misleading tension building until the third act.

The Ugly

There’s a scene where Samantha uses a payphone to call about the babysitting job after finding an ad for it on a bulletin board. She leaves a message on an answering machine, hangs up and walks away. The camera stays with the phone. It’s a clear indication that the phone is going to ring and, of course, it does.

 

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