The House of the Devil

Synopsis: In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Ti West
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I can tell you like it.


I love it.

It's perfect.

Well, great.

It really is such a neat place.

You know, I showed it

to another girl this morning.

But to be honest,

I didn't like her very much.

She looks 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.

Oh, thank you.

It's just what

I've been looking for.

Well, great.

Welcome to your new home.

I'll get things moving

on your application,

and we'll have you set up here

in no time.

Um, about the deposit, um...

Okay, I'll tell you what.

If it'll help you out,

and I imagine it would,

I'll agree to waive

all of the deposit stuff.

You just give me

the first month's down.

We'll call it a day, all right?


That would be incredible.

Well, I remember when

my daughter was looking

for her first apartment.

It's hard coming up

with all that money, isn't it?

You just promise me

that you are gonna take

good care of this place.

I promise.


you'll be a good tenant.

I always trust my gut.

Well, you won't regret it.

I swear.

Oh, you know,

I have some things

I have to still take care of

with the gal that lives here.

You just get me the check

by Monday.

I'll have you in by the end

of the week,

if that's okay with you.

I can do whatever.


Thank you so much.

You bet, sweetie.


Heather, come on.

It's morning.

Please leave a message

after the beep.


This is Samantha Hughes.

I'm calling in regards

to the babysitter flyer

posted outside my dorm.

I hope this is the right number.

If it is, you can reach me

at 815-1920.

I'm very interested.

Thank you.




You just left me a message

about the babysitting position.

Oh, yeah, I did.

How did you get this number?

Please excuse the urgency,

but if you're still interested,

I would like to meet you.


That would be fine.

Well, I'm afraid

I'm not too familiar

with the layout over there.

Perhaps you could meet me

in front

of the Student Affairs office?

That's where I dropped off

my advertisements.

Okay, I know where that is.


I'll see you there.

Right now?



All right, everyone.

Have a great holiday.

I'll see you guys next year.



So tell me all about it.

I want details.

Well, it's not too big.

When you walk in,

there's, like, a little

living room area on the left

and then a hallway

down the right.

Oh, it is carpet or hardwood?



Carpet's filth,

especially for a germaphobe

like you.

I'm not a germaphobe.


I don't like gross things.


the kitchen's kind of blah,

and so is the bathroom.

But I'll paint them cool colors

or something.



I wish you had pictures.

Yeah, me too.

I'm sort of sucking

at explaining it right now.

But you'll see it soon.

Yeah, well, it sounds great.


This pizza is nasty today.



Megan, how am I gonna afford

all this stuff?


You're gonna be fine.

It's gonna work out.

That's easy for you to say.

You're not the one

with $84 in her bank account

and a check to write on Monday.

Yeah, but just relax.

It's Wednesday.

You know, if it's a big problem,

I can always call my dad.

No, don't do that.

No, look, he really

doesn't care at all.

Look, I'm not saying

it's gonna get to that point,

but if it does,

you're never gonna be homeless.


It's so weird and annoying

the way that guy

stood you up today.

I know.

You're gonna find something.


Did you go to the job board

at the intern office?

That ham-faced girl,

you know, in my class?

Yeah, she said there's

good stuff there sometimes.

No, I haven't been yet.

Although it would be cool

to get something easy

and under the table.

That's what was so good

about the babysitter thing.

Yeah, but it

could have been awful.

You know?

The kid could be from hell.

You don't even like kids anyway.

Yeah, I guess.

You know what you should do?

You should go around campus

and rip down all of the other

posters he put up,

and then nobody else calls him.

How do you like them apples?

That's good payback, right?



It's genius,

because then nobody else

will show up.

No, I just want to forget it.

No more drama.

All right, then.

You want to go?


Get a grip.

What the hell time is it?


Oh, sh*t.

Where's your friend?

Who cares?


Someone called for you.


I don't know.

Some dude, some guy.

I left his number on your desk.


Where did you put it?

Chill out.

It's there.

I just-

I don't know.

By your pens, maybe.

When was this?

Please leave a message

after the beep.

Hello, this is

Samantha Hughes again.

I got a message that you called.



Oh, thank goodness you called.

Quite frankly,

I didn't think you would.

I'm so sorry about this morning.

Things were very hectic for me,

and I got caught up in lots

of last-minute details.

It was a bit of a catastrophe.

It's all right.

Don't worry about it.

I spoke with another girl

this morning

who I thought was going

to work out,

but she turned out to be

totally unreliable.

And while I can

certainly understand

you being upset with me,

I must be honest,

I'm in dire need of someone.

You mean tonight?


It's very important.


I will pay you double

Rate this script:3.0 / 1 vote

Ti West

Ti" West (born October 5, 1980) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and occasional actor, best known for his work in horror films. He directed the horror films The Roost (2005), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013), and the Western In a Valley of Violence (2016). He has also acted in a number of films, mostly in those directed by either himself or Joe Swanberg. more…

All Ti West scripts | Ti West Scripts

0 fans

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "The House of the Devil" STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 26 May 2024. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    The House of the Devil


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.