Reviews and Problems with House At The End Of The Street
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Movie overall 5
House at the End of the Street (2012)
24 July 2014
Conclusion: House at the End of the Street is so generic and forgettable that it's beginning to recede from my memory already. I do like the intent—making a Hitchcock-esque thriller for teenagers—but Hush director Mark Tonderai's execution is off; the film just isn't suspenseful or scary enough to be worthwhile. Check it out if you're really into Jennifer Lawrence, for whatever reason, but keep your expectations low.
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.
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.
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...
Summary: Exploiting star Jennifer Lawrence's newfound fame is the only hope this ill-conceived, poorly executed girl-in-jeopardy venture has of connecting with auds before poisonous word of mouth sets in.