House at the End of the Street (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Poorly conceived, clumsily executed, and almost completely bereft of scares, House at the End of the Street strands its talented star in a film as bland as its title.


Movie Info

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence nad terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Mostow, David Loucka
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2013
Box Office: $31.6M
Runtime:
Relativity Media - Official Site

Cast


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as Mary Jacobson

as Ben Reynolds

as Dan Gifford

as Dr. Kohler

as Jenny Gifford

as Bonnie Reynolds

as Young Ryan

as Young Carrie Anne

as John Jacobson

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Critic Reviews for House at the End of the Street

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (13)

Shockingly uneventful, this horror film marks time until dropping its big, dumb reveal.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A choppily edited, poorly timed mess with little continuity, overloaded with aural shocks in a desperate attempt to compensate for its minimal suspense.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

An uncommonly tedious effort...

Full Review… | July 16, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

It's made for - and presumably by - people who haven't ever seen a horror movie. What's even more frustrating is that its inherent ineptitude doesn't ever become entertaining in a "this is hilariously horrible" fashion.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Quickflix

Ninety minutes of melodrama for ten minutes of a very derivative surprise ending.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Cinema Crazed

A clunky, run-of-the-mill horror flick written by the same guy who penned last year's similarly themed disappointment, Dream House.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Audience Reviews for House at the End of the Street

There is definitely a great psychological thriller buried in House at the End of the Street. Unfortunately, the version that is available completely lacks any kind of suspense. Some plot twists are kind of ingenious while others are way too predictable. Leaving nothing to the imagination and eager to tie things together in a nice crowd pleasing manner, the film is only slightly elevated by Jennifer Lawrence, who is way too good for this material.
While Lawrence does bring some depth to her character, you won't care for anything that happens, and the clumsily executed mystery will have a tendency to bore rather than unnerve. Hitchcock would not be proud.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

½

3 3/4's--Really good actors, and an interesting and provocative thriller. Jennifer Lawrence is a strong lead who doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed the plot twist, and I have to admit that it had me fooled for quite awhile. Not sure why the critics hated it so much....

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

As readers will attest, I am a fan of actress Jennifer Lawrence. Some of my pals might say limiting the word to "fan" is being too modest on my part, but I don't want to alarm anyone. I think she's a terrifically talented actress and her Best Actress Oscar was well deserved for a film I unabashedly adore. With all of this being said, good actors can still make really bad movies, and that's what we have with the stillborn horror flick, House at the End of the Street, referred to by marketing by the Twitter-friendly acronym HATES. That seemed like a tip-off, didn't it? The problem is that for a good hour this movie is more of a drama than a horror movie, and everyone in town seems to be jerks to this guy in town whose sister murdered his family. Apparently him still residing in town lowers their property values... for some reason. I think it wants to be a psychological thriller, but even giving it that much credit assumes there's some degree of competent execution. It's not scary, the twists should be easily telegraphed to anyone with a modicum of sense, and Lawrence's presence is just downright questionable. Why did she agree to do this? What about this clunky script, with its obvious padding to its "shocking" revelation, appealed to this woman? And at PG-13, there are not really any optimal exploitation elements to recommend. I suppose with her fast ascent to the top of Hollywood, Lawrence now has the clout to never again star in something as drecky as this would-be thriller. Then again, if she does, it'll be by choice. Or a fat paycheck.

Nate's Grade: C-

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Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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