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Tonderai Gets Out the Old Cookie Cutter from the 1970s

Author: doug_park2001 from United States
24 March 2013

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HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET does a fine job of following the good ol' psycho-horror flick formula. Attractive and popular high school senior Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence of HUNGER GAMES fame) and her mother (very well-played by Elisabeth Shue) move into a house next door to the infamous one where some parents were murdered by their own "daughter," Carrie Anne, three years earlier. (No one knows for sure what happened to "Carrie Anne" afterward.) Anyhoo, Jennifer enters into a forbidden friendship with Carrie Anne's older brother, Ryan, who still lives in the murder house. Though pale, strange, withdrawn Ryan is disliked and antagonized by Elissa's rowdy classmates, he seems nice and just misunderstood at first. But wait, there's more to the story. . .

Some attempts at tension and foreboding even though the first hour is uneventful and difficult to get through. Nevertheless, there are some pretty good standard horror flick twists and revelations towards the end. Some violence and gore, but even the unrated version is quite tame. HOUSE resembles a modernized original PROM NIGHT or the first HALLOWEEN: Nothing terribly original, but if you enjoy conventional horror, aren't too demanding, and miss the oldies but goodies from the 70s/80s, you should find it more or less worth watching. It probably won't scare you at all, but there's nothing else fundamentally wrong with it outside of a few basic questions of plot that are left completely unanswered. But oh well. . .

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Drive past the House at the End of the Street?

Author: Chandru Bhojwani ( from United Kingdom
17 February 2013

A Mother and Daughter move in to a small town and rent a house down the street from the Jacobson home, the site of a double murder four years prior. A brain-damaged daughter murders her parents and vanishes in the woods leaving the house to the sole living heir, the son Ryan. The town loathes the Jacobson property while the young new neighbour, played by Jennifer Lawrence, befriends the loner son only to uncover a dark truth.

Elisabeth Shue and Lawrence headline Mark Tonderai's suspense thriller, which aims to keep you at the edge of your seat before making you jump out of them. Unfortunately it comes off as a little clichéd for the most part and outside of Shue and Lawrence, portions of the acting and dialogue are sub par. Yes, there is a twist which helps give the movie some credibility but then the twists become a little sudden and silly. Unfortunately there isn't enough to make it a stand out thriller and House at the end of the Street is a mid-list DVD watch at best.

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This movie is a classic thriller and nothing more.

Author: www-r-u-x-a-n-d-r-a
20 January 2013

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House at the End of the Street is a classic thriller movie. It is indeed not in the correct genre of its placing in horror. The movie is about a young teenage girl that just moved to a new place with her mother next to a teenage boy that survived his sister's madness. This piece involves typical characters, bad plot, and a splicing of different horror movies into one.

Jennifer Lawrence as Elissa took the over used role of a high school girl and added her own acting technique to make the viewers a bit more interested. As the main character she leads the film. Many commenter's later stated that the best part of this film was just her acting. Elissa contains the characteristics of a normal teen, for example hating her mom. Her growing relationship with the antagonist Ryan(Max Thierot) gives the audience one of this movie's many clichés. Max's character is again typical for a film. A nice, mysterious, bad boy that for some reason is hated amongst other surrounding townspeople attracts the innocent Elissa into his life. Elissa's mother Sarah(Elisabeth Shue) plays the concerned mother and directs her daughter to stay away from the antagonist. The character descriptions are clichéd and one dimensional. The acting is well executed, but the actors contain little to go off of in their script.

The plot written by Jonathan Mostow can be concluded by three words: classic thriller movie. This movie is not a horror movie for the fact that it leads to nothing gory and grotesque and that its jumps only gives suspense and nothing at the end every single time. The techniques, the characters, and the story itself are types of instances and ideas that have been commonly used for years. The plot used every cliché in the book. Some of the overused techniques include the main character having the strange urge to venture where she should not, falling in love with the bad boy, having the mother protect her offspring no matter what, etc. The dialogue and title are generic as possible. The plot is also misleading to the viewers. In the beginning of the piece the story line lets the audience infer that the film is going in one direction; however, it leads to a theme that should of not been written down to use in the first place.

House at the End of the Street is made up of a variety of horror films to construct its own style. It took films such as Psycho and Black Christmas to interest the audience, but failed. The movie lacks originality. The only original idea it has is its must have reason why the antagonist is the antagonist. This movie is so clichéd a viewer can infer the circumstances long before they occur.

This film derives itself on other films. It is a classic thriller and nothing more. The acting serves well, but the plot kills it all. House at the End of the Street is not such a thing that one should waste income on in theaters and it is not something that should be desired to watch twice.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not good at all

Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom
5 January 2015

I disliked this film after the first twenty minutes. My wife hung in there and then began hating it around the one hour mark, just as things started to get really stupid and annoying. I have no idea who this film was aimed that, but I'm guessing it might be folks that have never watched a slasher film before.

Jennifer Lawrence (who still manages to be likable throughout) is some songwriter moving from Chicago with her mother to some rural place, next to a creepy murder house. You know the drill. There's someone living there, the neighbours hate him, Jen sees the good in him (not hard after one of the neighbours tries to rape her) blah blah it's twilight only with feckin Norman Bates instead of that Easter Island statue faced guy and the other guy with the six inch wide nose.

So. I can't see any teenager being interested in this. Sure, it's full of all that misunderstood teenager meeting the one who understands them pish (rather than the misunderstood teenager coping by smoking loads of dope and necking acid and eckies pish we had back in the nineties), but 98% percent of this film is made up of arseholes so why make it in the first place.

Plus, the ending has so many moments where people do something stupid you'd that something something something who cares.

It's kind of like Sleepaway Camp, but not really at all because that was a good film. This isn't.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

As dumb as bricks

Author: the_wolf_imdb from Prague
30 December 2014

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Was this supposed to be a thriller? A horror movie? Every character is incredibly dumb and everyone totally fails to communicate. Everyone is psychopath, drunk, idiot or whore. There is not a single sympathetic character in the movie, period. Everyone and I really mean everyone made me just sick.

The female character played by Jennifer Lawrence is incredibly, insanely stupid. I mean a lot of beyond "Darwinian candidate level stupid". I think this is really a very bad spot on her career that will be hopefully forgotten.

The moment that made me laugh in the very bizarre moment was she tries to remove the straps by burning them on the light bulb. She tries to burn them for a pretty long period of time. Hello? Have you ever suffered a burn by a light bulb? You would have to be a Hero of Soviet Union class macho to sustain this! Yet she manages to free herself only to make several incredibly bad decisions after that.

Please, stop to make such idiotic TV shows. Please, do not make such crap anymore or at least mark them as "ultra dumb waste of time for a brainless audience". I feel very sorry for everyone who wasted his money on this.

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Had potential, but instead went down a formulaic route

Author: grantss from Sydney, Australia
12 August 2014

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Had potential, but instead went down a formulaic route. The plot seemed to be set up to be an interesting study on odd couple relationships and don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover, with a bit of intrigue thrown in. The movie flirts with these ideas briefly, and then reverts to being a standard slasher-thriller.

From then, pretty much everything is straight out of the slasher- thriller handbook, and is very predictable.

Good performance by Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. In between making serious movies (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), all-style-no-substance-but-big-at-the-box-office movies (Hunger Games, X Men), she makes mostly-forgettable movies like this. Surprised she felt she needed to.

She's pretty much the only reason to watch this movie.

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The Viewer At The End Of His Tether.

Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England
8 May 2014

House At The End Of The Street has one of those titles that brings to mind those classic exploitation horrors of the 70s and 80s—films like The Last House on The Left, The House On The Edge of The Park and The Last House on Dead End Street, which shocked viewers with their gritty, unrelenting nastiness. Sadly, House At The End Of The Street couldn't be much more different to those movies, being an uninspired, dreary mish-mash of re-cycled tropes and clichés aimed squarely at a teen demographic—an audience largely unaware that what they are seeing has all been done before. Unfortunately, more experienced horror fans will most likely find this a very unrewarding experience.

The insipid script delivers far more in the way of dreary familial drama than actual tension and atmosphere, and director Mark Tonderai directs with little flair, employing those twins scourges of modern cinema—digital colour grading and wobbly cam—to ensure that his film looks as ugly and as washed out as possible. After boring the viewer silly with endless teen strife, Tonderai finally remembers that he's supposed to be making a horror and resorts to predictable jump scares to wake up the viewer (each accompanied by a loud noise, just to be sure). It's all too little, way too late. Thanks heavens then for lovely Lawrence (a pretty girl in a tight white vest improves almost any film) and the always fine Elisabeth Shue as her mother—between them, they make the whole shebang just about bearable.

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Who cares about it being Horror or not?

Author: invader_zeb from United Kingdom
21 January 2014

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Horror fans seem to be the most unduly expectant of all film fans. Let me clarify a few things:

- Horror films aren't made specifically to scare.

Can you imagine if they were? If the achingly poignant plot points of the Exorcist or Carrie were removed in favour of more sudden spooks? The film-going public are far more cynical now anyway, and there're really very few films people actually freak out at. Horror films would be awful if they were meant purely for fright.

- Originality is an impossible dream.

Obviously this film isn't particularly original. Admittedly, the Psycho influence is undeniable, but then the Psycho influence on many good horror films is undeniable. A psychopath is a very convincing subject for a Horror film. A lonesome psychopath, supposedly living on his own is even more convincing.

- By focusing on how this film doesn't live up to the expectations of a Horror film, you will be oblivious to the ways in which it exceeds expectations.

No one expects much depth from a Teen Horror film, but this one delivers in surprising ways. No, it isn't particularly frightening, nor is it particularly suspenseful, but it is an enjoyable film. In particular, I think that Max Thieriot's acting has been underrated in general, probably because people are focusing on Jennifer Lawrence in the main role, looking fairly unconvincing as a high-school teen, and without really any hidden character depths. Max manages to keep his performance as a wet-eyed mystery up to the depressing end, through several revisions of his character in the viewer's eyes, which is no mean feat, and means it's possible to feel sorry for him through a large amount of the film, despite him keeping a random student underground and drugged.

That, incidentally, isn't a great twist. The other, later twist is far better. That's the kind of thing you'd expect from a thriller these days. Regardless of my own dislike of twists they do have a certain power the first time you see them. It also works as a measure of your intelligence and understanding of Film, as it's pretty much the only possible explanation if the beginning scene is to be believed.

I didn't work it out, and spent the last half of the film thinking it was far more unusual a film than it is. Slightly disappointing really, but probably a more rounded film therefore.

So, this film doesn't conform to many people's beliefs of the Horror film stereotype, but that's no bad thing. What it lacks in scares it makes up for in the grim horror atmosphere, reminiscent of the irredeemably black Deadgirl (2008) but with a much more palatable subject matter. Sadly, there is a large dilution, with unnecessary and pointless references to music and bands that are somewhat ubiquitous in teen films, but, really, it's a good film that's suffered from misleading promotion.

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The Ultimate Movie Review! - - @tss5078

Author: Tss5078 from United States
26 May 2013

House at The End of The Street is another ambitious, low budget, Horror film, that tries to make a name for itself by using star power, but how much was I really expecting from a PG-13 Horror film? The story begins when Elissa and her mother move to a new house in the country, a house that is across the street from the scene of a grizzly double murder four years earlier. The house and story is surrounded by rumors and still occupied by the son of the victims, who Elissa quickly befriends. Once again we have a common theme that has been done to death, but the producers of this film were hoping that by spending big bucks on Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) and Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) that they could get people to watch their film and it worked, but I suspect most people were sadly disappointing like I was. The acting was terrific and everything you would expect from these actors, but the story was so simple and predictable that it really wasn't worth watching. Being a PG-13 film didn't help either as there wasn't really anything too horrific or creepy to really catch your attention. If that wasn't bad enough, the first hour of the film was so slow, that I almost turned it off. The only thing that kind of gave me a laugh was that there was a lot of scenes with Jennifer Lawrence in the woods and I couldn't help but think that Katniss wished she had her bow. House at The End of The Street is a film that has the star power, but not much else, as it's a slow, tame, predictable film, that's been done and it leaves far too many unanswered questions. If you're a die hard Jennifer Lawrence fan, check it out, otherwise, I wouldn't waste my time on this one.

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Laughable and Unexpected

Author: Shilo Sixx from Canada
21 September 2014

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House at the End of the Street is an intense thriller but doesn't last.

It's about a young girl named Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence), who moves with her mother, a medical doctor and newly divorced woman named Sarah (Elisabeth Shue), to a small community. The house they move into is near a house where a family was murdered 4 years before. A girl named Carrie Ann Johnston (Eva Link) murdered the family and her brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), is the sole survivor and lives in the house alone. The community looks at him in sin and hates him but Elissa takes a liking to him and becomes friends with him. After Elissa starts a relationship with Ryan, against her mother's wishes, and her worst nightmare is about to come true.

Jennifer Lawrence is an up and coming actress who displays talent and intelligence. she is a charm to watch on the screen and she plays her character very well. Elizabeth Shue is a divine talent and she adds beautiful chemistry to the mother-daughter couple. One is naive and the other is smart and they preform well on the screen.

What you would expect from a psychological thriller, you get but the story to the picture is nothing new and badly played out. You wait in suspense as to what might happen and when you find out, it's not a wild surprise, like you would think. The setup is nothing new, "Boy likes girl, Girl likes boy" and they spend the second act with dialogue, played out exactly like you have seen before.

This is the kind of picture where someone enters into the small community, where a tragedy took place, and everyone is quiet and a suspect. It just so happens a 17-year-old has to be the one that falls into this setting with whatever is about to happen, usually something bad. It adds nothing new to the element of surprise.

The picture itself is well lit up and is played out like a thriller should be but the story is stupid and badly written. It drags on with suspects and it makes you think that one person is crazy all along and when you see the final act, you feel cheated because you wasted your time waiting for a shocking ending but you get a surprise you could see coming from the first act.

There is a sequence where the main character is tied up in a basement and she is near baby monitors that are rigged to hear if anyone is coming at the front door. When a cop arrives to investigate, she is not even gagged so she can scream right into the monitors for help. This is a logical error among many in the picture and is laughable.

House at the End of the Street is a bad thriller, it's the same thing as every other psycho thriller you have seen before and we get nothing new. The thrills are dry, the story is a drag and the surprises are predictable. It's avoidable and could of been done a lot better.

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