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House at the End of the Street (2012)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 53

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.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

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.



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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,


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

David Loucka, Jonathan Mostow

Jan 8, 2013


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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (53) | DVD (1)

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

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A choppily edited, poorly timed mess with little continuity, overloaded with aural shocks in a desperate attempt to compensate for its minimal suspense.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (9)
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Tonderai steers the story cleanly around its queasy hairpin turns, perversely toying with one of pop cinema's most cherished clichés: the audience's inculcated desire to side with the underdog.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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There are one or two clever plot twists that are subsequently followed up by a cavalcade of ridiculous, credibility-stretching ones.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: TheWrap | Comments (4)
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What could be so bad about a new Jennifer Lawrence movie that its distributor opts to keep it away from critics and release it with minimal ad support? Please, allow "House at the End of the Street" to answer that question.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This is the rare horror film so bad you almost wish it had turned into a good old connect-the-gory-dots slasher movie. The only mystery at work is how Lawrence's agent ever let her sign on.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (10)
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An uncommonly tedious effort...

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

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

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It isn't very scary, but it does pile a bunch of really tasteless twists on towards the end that make no sense and it almost becomes a comedy. On one hand, is a failure as a horror film, but as an exercise in desperation, it's kind of a hoot

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source:

exactly what you'd expect from a PG-13 horror movie dropped in September. There's really nothing particularly scary about it, and the story ranges from shaky to thin

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

House at the End of the Street reveals itself to be merely another forgettable PG-13 thriller banking on the brain-dead mall crowd to tweet their unending love for a crummy feast such as this.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The screenplay has a nice twist that could have supported a stylish giallo-style thriller; unfortunately, director Mark Tonderai delivers a mess -- an almost random tangle of choppy edits, handheld camera, 'shock' sound effects and other horror cliches.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Formulaic, unoriginal suspense thriller aided by a plot twist and good leads, that might delight the less-gore-is-more teenage audience.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A routine 'Don't go down to the basement' thriller, but watching Jennifer Lawrence go through her paces makes it enjoyable.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

The filmmakers elect to emphasize every plot point and telegraph every plot twist with the delicacy of a train blaring its horn as it approaches a crossing -- and yet that isn't even their greatest sin.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Borrows so liberally from other movies that it could have been fascinating, but due to confused direction and a mishmash of acting, it's ultimately bland and forgettable.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Lawrence is fine as the solo-parented teen and Thieriot does a mean Tony Perkins (circa Pretty Poison, but on downers), but the sheer tedium of the storyline means you never really care about any of them.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[T]he scariest thing about [this] is that this sort of junk is considered a good career move for a young actress who's just come off a small film from a respected indie director...

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Saying that House at the End of the Street is contrived is an insult to contrivances.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

... Typical of modern horror movies, jump-scares (which are startling, not scary--there is a difference) sprinkled throughout deflate the suspense before it builds much.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Clearly designed as a downbeat, character-driven psychological thriller, not a shock machine...but it never really pays off, in part because it relies too often on the very clichés it aspires to avoid.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Don't be tempted to put in an offer; this house is built on flimsy foundations.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

You've seen every twist and turn before and it's all played completely straight. A Scream-esque knowing wink would make it all far more palatable.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Audience Reviews for House at the End of the Street

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....
November 28, 2013

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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-
May 22, 2013
Nate Zoebl

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Ryan: People don't notice all the secrets around them. Even though they're right in front of them, just hiding, waiting to be found.

"Fear Reaches Out... For The Girl Next Door"

House at the End of the Street is nothing new, and seems like much more of a thriller than a horror film. What makes this movie watchable is what I assumed would make the movie watchable; and that's Jennifer Lawrence. Initially, I was really excited about this film. A horror film that has Jennifer Lawrence on board. The negative reviews ruined my excitement though and it took awhile for me to finally give this a chance. Now that I have, I'm left feeling a little disappointed in the movie as a whole, but Lawrence made it worth the viewing.

Alyssa and her mother have just moved to a new town. They already know about the house beside them. Four years ago, a girl killed her parents in that house and now her brother who was sent away at the age of seven lives there by himself. Soon Alyssa befriends Ryan(the neighbor), and begins to kindle a bond and relationship with him. This scares her mother into forbidding her to see him, which only makes a teenage girl want the guy that much more. So who's right, Alyssa or her mother?

Like I said, Jennifer Lawrence is the sole reason why I wouldn't call this an utter failure. She is extremely beautiful and just downright sexy, but that's  not even the main attraction. The main attraction is her acting. Everyone at this point knows she is one of the best up and coming actresses out there. It just doesn't hurt any that she is by far the most gorgeous also.

House at the End of the Street has a familiar story, with familiar twists throughout. The performances besides Lawrence's are average at best. The movie does have some cool camera work to help with the atmosphere, but it lacks in true suspense. I can't say I hate the movie, but it definitely is missing a lot of key elements to make it a good horror/thriller genre film.
May 22, 2013
Melvin White

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I wouldn't class this as a Horror, if you're expecting one and that might expect some of the low ratings. A 12a rating is another sign normally. This is definitely more of a thriller in the mould of Disturbia, Rear Window. Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrong at present and is very good in this. The twist(s) are pretty good, if a little easy to predict, but it still makes for an interesting film. You can tell they thought about the overall visual look of the film as well, it has some cool making of features to.
March 31, 2013

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    1. Elissa: [whispering] What are you?
    – Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
    1. Elissa: I like the way you see things... I like the way you see me.
    – Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
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