House at the End of the Street Reviews
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.
Nate's Grade: C-
"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.
Good thriller! Very entertaining and kept my attention throughout. There's no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence makes this movie. She's really great with a very bright future. If you're a Jennifer Lawrence fan or love Criminal Minds/Law and Order SVU, check this movie out. If you're looking for a haunted house movie, you've clicked on the wrong flick.
Newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa 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.
Not so far away from being good blvd.
Yes this is another hollywood horror story, but for some reason House at the End of the Street was able to keep me fully entertained. As for Mark Tonderai's first attempt in cliche hollywood terror, I am going to go easy on him and say he did a pretty decent job.
When Sarah (Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Lawrence) seek a fresh start in a new small suburb, it is not so late until they realize that a strange boy Ryan (Theriot) has been living in their next door house, the house of his assassinated parents.
The best thing about the House at the End of the Street has to be the character development. The movie starts of pretty fast in terms of spooks and horror, but its not until you are really driven by the plot that the characters reveal themselves. The beauty of this revelation is that slowly you start changing your opinions of each character, and the suspense is built upon figuring out who is good and who is bad. And this is a tough decision put entirely in the audiences hand. For that reason I think Mark Tonderai (who has bearly directed anything) has a good future in Hollywood.
Another thing that works for the movie is obviously the great acting from young Jennifer Lawrence, who just nails every role she gets - even though this one was similar to Katniss's role but just under different circumstances.
However, the movie is far from original and we have all seen this before. We know when to expect a spook. Yet, the twists in these movies are brilliant a true goosebumps film.
I enjoyed it, I doubt other people will enjoy it, but if you do let me know.
Elissa: I like the way you see things... I like the way you see me.
I'm sure there have been worse attempts at horror movies made, but House at the End of the Street still kind of feels like pandering. The twist ending might be lost on the twelve and thirteen year old girls who make up the target audience, and to anyone over the age of thirteen, you've probably seen it all before. Not very much fun, and kind of dumb, it's not worth the time or effort to watch it.
As seriously undercooked as it is with its smart initial class consciousness fading into a much more conservative resolution, "House at the End of the Street" has certain things going for it. Namely, its third act plot twist does have a certain nasty logic going for it. Plus, Jennifer Lawrence shows flashes of brilliance while Max Thieriot and a relaxed Gil Bellows are quite good in support.