(2005)

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70
Full of genuine scares and impressively disturbing effects.
70
Variety
Debuting helmer Ti West taps into the realist-horror spirit of mentor and exec producer Larry Fessenden, and makes a scarier pic than any by his master.
70
It's clear right away that The Roost is no hack job. It's made by people who have a major love for the genre and generally anything that goes bump in the night.
70
The Roost advances a nifty man-vs.-nature scenario that harks back to Fessenden's own "Wendigo" and provides a nice chaser to a summer movie season populated by cuddly penguins and benevolent cheetahs.
70
Dallas Observer
The cynical should be warned that, as in "Blair Witch," most of the scares depend upon sound and editing rather than elaborate effects, but young director Ti West gets a lot of bang for his meager bucks.
63
Ti West's affectionate homage to no-frills fright flicks keeps it simple and succeeds on its own stripped-down terms.
60
Empire
Okay video-dungeon-style horror, a bit marooned on the big-screen but nevertheless murky fun.
60
The Roost proves that West has enough talent to do without the gimmick next time around.
60
The New York Times
The Roost proceeds with such youthful enthusiasm that its rawness is more charming than annoying.
50
Keep your big-budget horror movie expectations locked away in a separate crawl space, because this grainy feature debut from writer-director Ti West demands that you buy into the silliness, and the cheese.

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