If someone told me that HOUSE OF THE DEVIL was filmed in the eighties, I wouldn't doubt 'em. Everything down to the fashion, the credits, the music and the beautiful posters hearken back to a fruitful time in horror film-making.
Now, if only they had made something that wasn't a mind numbing bore...
The lead girl walks around, she goes to the bathroom, she stares at herself in the mirror, she talks with her bad actor friend, she drives around, she meest creepy Tom Noonan, she walks around the house, plays the piano and...Nothing happens. There's one quick violent death and a ten minute final chase, but by that time the real fear was falling asleep . Ti West's direction is carefully controlled and good looking, but its adds up to nothing.
The tagline "Talk on the phone, finish your homework, watch TV, DIE" is truth in advertising. If it was made in the 80's, it would be in the dollar rental bargain bin.