House at the End of the Street (2012)



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.

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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, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. -- (C) Relativity
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence nad terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Gil Bellows
as Weaver
Eva Link
as Carrie Anne
Jordan Hayes
as Penn State Carrie Anne
Krista Bridges
as Mary Jacobson
James Thomas
as Ben Reynolds
Hailee Sisera
as Caitlin
Craig Eldridge
as Dan Gifford
Jonathan Higgins
as Dr. Kohler
Lori Anne Alter
as Jenny Gifford
Joy Tanner
as Bonnie Reynolds
Bobby Osborne
as Young Ryan
Gracie Tucker
as Young Carrie Anne
John Healy
as John Jacobson
Claudia Jurt
as Dr. Marianna Harrison
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Critic Reviews for House at the End of the Street

All Critics (61) | 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.

September 22, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

There are one or two clever plot twists that are subsequently followed up by a cavalcade of ridiculous, credibility-stretching ones.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
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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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for House at the End of the Street


A generic, derivative and stupid Psycho rip-off that doesn't mind insulting the viewer's intelligence all the way through, and it throws in a ridiculous twist that makes no sense and makes it more than evident that no one involved gave a crap about it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


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....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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