Originally Posted by Paff
One of the things I liked most about House of the Devil was they way the tension just built without any jump scares.
Yeah, but he attempts to sustain that tension for far too long - it fizzles badly and the movie never quite recovers. A jump scare, for instance, could have released the tension without having it simply vanish into thin air, and with the tension-o-meter restarted, he could once again start building suspense. I don't think there's anything wrong with a payoff, especially not in a movie like House of the Devil.