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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    This isn't just a good throwback satanic thriller - it looks as if it was made during the era of satanist paranoia. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The result can be palpably unnerving. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This is the perfect illustration of the banality of most scare movies. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It is a fine little old-school thriller. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film may provide an introduction for some audience members to the Hitchcockian definition of suspense: It's the anticipation, not the happening, that's the fun. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An almost fetishistic re-creation of a horror-suspense movie from around 1978. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Although the payoff is creepy, it takes a little too long to arrive -- and when it does, it's about as worn-out as the movie's title. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    West is far more adept at and interested in sustaining an unrelentingly ominous mood than in executing the genre-required spook shocks. show more

  • 70
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Writer and director Ti West accesses all the hot buttons for fans of the genre in a manner that doesn't make fun of it (and its followers) in a "Scary Movie" way, but instead treats it with the appropriate amount of respect. (Key word: appropriate.) show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    By far the freakiest and most unnerving shocker in theatres this season. show more

  • October 31, 2009 EATT DIRTTT
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    If your a fan of classic movies, classic horror this is for you.

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