House at the End of the Street Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 16, 2014
An uncommonly tedious effort...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 20, 2013
Ninety minutes of melodrama for ten minutes of a very derivative surprise ending.
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 16, 2013
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
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 14, 2013
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
Formulaic, unoriginal suspense thriller aided by a plot twist and good leads, that might delight the less-gore-is-more teenage audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 29, 2012
A routine 'Don't go down to the basement' thriller, but watching Jennifer Lawrence go through her paces makes it enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 29, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
September 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 27, 2012
[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...
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2012
Saying that House at the End of the Street is contrived is an insult to contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
A.A. Dowd
Time Out
September 25, 2012
Shockingly uneventful, this horror film marks time until dropping its big, dumb reveal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
September 25, 2012
... 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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
September 24, 2012
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.
Dafydd Goff
Guardian
September 24, 2012
Don't be tempted to put in an offer; this house is built on flimsy foundations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Northmore
The List
September 24, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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