Fear reaches out... for the girl next door.
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.