Conclusion: When the opening scene with the murders fails to terrify, you can bet the rest of the movie is likely to be rather dull. Although well cast, and well acted, House at the End of the Street just misses the mark. Clearly low budget, the suspense just isn’t there. For an unrated version it’s very tame. If you’re a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and/or Elisabeth Shue it’s worth watching, just don’t expect a whole lot in the terror department.
Excerpt: Having starred in one of the most successful films of the year— The Hunger Games —and one of the best reviewed— Silver Linings Playbook —it's easy to forget that Jennifer Lawrence had a third film released in 2012, a modest thriller that premiered in late September, garnered wretched reviews, turned a tidy profit, and then disappeared.
Summary: House at the End of Street isn’t terribly original (nor terribly scary), but it makes for an okay late-night viewing option. I’d say it’s a step above a solid straight-to-DVD title; the major difference is this one gets a wide theatrical release because it happens to star one of Hollywood’s hottest young actresses.
Summary: I really can't think of a more generic horror movie title than House at the End of the Street , which sounds like a ripoff of The Last House on the Left as made by the folks at Asylum Home Entertainment . The title fits, though, because House at the End of the Street is very much a generic horror film, aimed at a generic teen demographic, with a generic, sub-Hitchcockian twister-coaster of a plot.
Conclusion: I want to like PG-13 scary movies, I really do. I believe that less is more, so there's no reason a PG-13 horror flick can't be terrifying, but they almost always leave me extremely dissatisfied. It's annoying to have a movie be portrayed as falling in the horror genre, only to actually be a thriller. What's worse than a teen horror movie? A teen thriller where absolutely nothing happens until the end.
Excerpt: With every “it” actor or actress, there seems to be a trend that they follow. I was watching a movie a few days ago (just for fun, actually and not for review purposes – very liberating) with Heather Graham. I can’t even remember the name of it, but looking at it now – many actresses could have played that part.
Excerpt: House At The End Of The Street isn’t a great horror movie, but it is a careful one. It consistently chooses the correct camera angles. It lets its characters interact like real human beings. It uses the weather to its advantage. It gives and withholds the right ratio of information. It makes the correct decision more often than not, and consequently, when all of those little moments are added up, they far outweigh the story problems that would have easily sunk most films...