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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. Read critic reviews

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In search of a fresh start, divorcee Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter, Elissa (Max Thieriot), find their dream house in a small town. But when startling, unexplainable events begin, the pair learn that a chilling secret holds the town in its grip. Years earlier a girl killed her parents and disappeared, leaving a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Elissa begins a relationship with Ryan, and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a dangerous mystery.

Cast & Crew

Eva Link
Carrie Anne
Jordan Hayes
Penn State Carrie Anne
Krista Bridges
Mary Jacobson
James Thomas
Ben Reynolds
David Loucka
Screenwriter
Allison Silver
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Sonny Mallhi
Executive Producer
Steve Samuels
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Anthoni Visconsi II
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Dominic Visconsi Jr.
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Critic Reviews for House at the End of the Street

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  • 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 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Shockingly uneventful, this horror film marks time until dropping its big, dumb reveal.

    September 25, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Don't be tempted to put in an offer; this house is built on flimsy foundations.

    September 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • Tonderai steers the story cleanly around its queasy hairpin turns, perversely toying with one of pop cinema's most cherished clichs: the audience's inculcated desire to side with the underdog.

    September 22, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for House at the End of the Street

  • May 07, 2016
    Terrible in every way imaginable.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2015
    Predominantly an annoying buildup to a twist that you've seen before and you'll see coming, but still not a totally worthless piece.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2014
    In "House at the End of the Street," teenage Elissa(Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother(Elisabeth Shue), a doctor, move to a small town. They are able to afford a house because of the murders just across the way years before. All is not doom and gloom, however, as Elissa befriends Ryan(Max Thieriot, of "Bates Motel") after he gives her a ride home one night. So, it is a shame that Ryan is definitely hiding something and/or someone. 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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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