The Slaughtered Bird compares "Don't Let the Devil in" to "The Witch" and "House of the Devil" in a glowing review! Read it here
The Rotting Zombie loves "Don't Let the Devil in"! Read the review here
Cryptic Rock loves "Don't Let the Devil in"! Read the review here
“Don’t Let the Devil In is a moody slice of small town paranoia with political undertones…”
“it boasts an unsettling score and disconcerting color schemes which give it a nightmarish quality…”
“t’ll undoubtedly please fans of horror fare pertaining to cults and bizarre communities.”
- Scream Magazine
"The creeping dread overhangs the narrative but remains just out of touch and builds an atmosphere that leaves the viewer uncomfortable"
" For those that enjoyed films like House of the Devil or The Witch, you’ll find similar pacing here."
- The Slaughtered Bird
“Edited, written and directed by Courtney Fathom Sell, Don’t Let the Devil in is a rare but welcome example of a true independent production. Its attention to aesthetic while avoiding standard narrative tropes call to mind past works of Dario Argento. Its focus on the contrast between city and country evoke feelings of the early exploitation films of Meir Zarchi and Wes Craven.”
“The score works really well with the visuals, it’s ambient and atmospheric, but there are jarring, off kilter moments as well – like a lost John Carpenter theme.”
"A pretty cool horror thriller that really understands how to build up tension and suspense while keeping the audience guessing until the end, and a film that knows when it's better to only hint at things rather than to drag them out into the light and explain everything away, boring the audience to death in the process. And while the film also stays away from spectacle as such, it still uses powerful, atmospheric imagery to bring its point across. And add to that some really compact performances, and a great backdrop to tell its story in, and you've got yourself a pretty cool movie!"
- Search My Trash
“Sell’s film eschews conventional genre and instead hops gleefully around – owing as much to the backwoods horrors of MIDNIGHT as it does to Satanic Panic mainstays like ROSEMARY’S BABY. Aided by the rolling hills and picturesque backdrop of rural West Virginia, the film lures the viewer into an expansive wilderness and then manages to trap you in it.”
- Spectacle Theater, NYC
"Well Courtney, you did it!"
- The late Ted V. Mikels (Director of "Astro Zombies")