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The House of the Devil (2009)

R | | Horror | 4 May 2012 (Taiwan)
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During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret.



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During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 May 2012 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Demônio  »

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,195 (USA) (30 October 2009)


$100,659 (USA) (25 December 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samantha's Sony Walkman was used in the film to fit the 80's nostalgia theme. Walkmans were audio cassette playing boxes, and their convenient and portable function made them really popular with young people in the 80's and even up until the early 2000's before MP3 players and iPod's became so mainstream. See more »


The film is based on a location in Connectict in the 80's, however in the beginning when she calls about the babysitter job she uses a quarter in the payphone. Connecticut did not raise payphone rates from 10 cents to 25 cents until 1997 shortly before Vermont. See more »


[first lines]
Landlady: I can tell you like it.
Samantha: Oh, I love it. It's perfect.
Landlady: Well, great. It's such a neat place. You know, I showed it to another girl this morning, but to be honest I did like her very much. She looked like trouble, and I'm way too old to be dealing with all that nonsense. I go a lot on my gut feelings, and I have a good one about you. You remind me of my daughter.
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User Reviews

Classic suspense horror for true fans of the genre
18 October 2009 | by (Manchester, NH) – See all my reviews

I heard some good things about this film before viewing, and then on this site heard some bad things. I've come to believe that listening to others doesn't always help. It's all about opinion and experience, and in my opinion, this experience was worth it.

I won't get into too many details of the plot as the reviews and trailers tell it straight forward, but as far as tension, cinematography, atmosphere, music and style goes, this film really has it all. It's a classic story of your ordinary girl next door being put into an extraordinary situation. It's a situation that she tries to avoid, the people around her try to avoid, and you as a viewer knows she should avoid but can't help and stay to see what transpires.

If you're looking for a run of the mill slasher flick, a psychological thriller, or an action packed gore fest, I'm sorry but this isn't for you. However, if you're into the types of horror movies that take a simple, almost predictable concept and turns it on its' head in an unrelenting fashion, then look no further. This movie will stay with you for a few days for different reasons, but my biggest turn on was the feeling throughout the film, an homage to earlier times, and an evil that knows no bounds.

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