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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
Cast
Jennifer Lawrence
Elisabeth Shue
David Loucka.
Directors
Mark Tonderai.
Screenwriters
Max Thieriot.
Running Time
minutes

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House At The End Of The Street
Des. res, 2 bedrooms, fair chance of scares...


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Plot
Sarah and her daughter Elissa buy a house next door to a site where a girl murdered her parents. Elissa befriends the surviving son of the family...


Review
House At The End Of The Street
Teenager Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her overprotective Mom (Elisabeth Shue) rent an isolated home in the woods, which is affordable because it’s within eyeshot of the site of a recent massacre. Everyone tells Elissa not to make friends with local outcast Ryan (Max Theriot), sensitive survivor of the killings, but she does … and twist-laden psycho-stalking ensues.

Directed by Brit Mark Tonderai (Hush), this is unusual in a contemporary horror movie for having relatively complex characters and excellent performances (Lawrence continues to impress) but dropping the ball in the plot department. Interesting things happen early on, but they set up a twist which sidetracks the film into escape-from-the-basement cliché.


Verdict
A few old favourites – like the inconveniently wonky torch and the probably-not-quite-killed maniac – deliver the required jolts, but early promise dwindles to hokum.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Harsh review

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and I'm still a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence. It just got a bit silly towards the end. I still think 2 stars is a bit harsh. ... More

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Posted by guysalisbury at 09:20, 21 May 2013 | Report This Post


A THREE..

LAWRENCE IS GOOD (FIRST FILM I'VE SEEN HER IN), AND IT'S A GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE... ... More

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Posted by chrisdagnall at 15:43, 02 March 2013 | Report This Post


You seen it all before - and better!!

Don't waste your money, you'll thank me!! Maybe see it when it comes to your TV (don't even waste your money on hiring the blu-ray!). Incredible tedious plot development, plenty of irritating "why are you doing that" moments so if that's your thing go for it. People in the cinema were actually laughing at how ridiculous the movie is. Oh and a peculiar definition of the "End of the Street" too. ... More

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Posted by the.dead.pres at 09:49, 28 September 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Dont call this a horror

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town, even if it is opposite a house where a murder took place. Sarah sees a light in the house at night and the next day at a welcome party thrown by the neighbours she and Elissa learn what happened. Years earlier in the house a girl called Carrie-Ann murdered her parents in their beds and ran into the woods never to be seen again, though it was presumed she drowned ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 19:12, 27 September 2012 | Report This Post


Dont call this a horror

First things first, 'The House at the End of the Street' is a stupid title for a film that doesnt even have a street, its just house scattered around a forest. How original. Now, the next issue this film faced was calling itself a horror, when actually their is very little horror involved; teen thriller would be a better title for this twilight styled flick. The is just too bleak to keep me interested, for god sakes it takes a good hour for things to pick up and when they finally do it gets inte... More

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Posted by jackcarlin18 at 14:07, 22 September 2012 | Report This Post


Better than I'd expected. But still...

Okay, two things… 1) When you put 'with an awesome twist' on the poster, the entire audience views the film waiting for that twist, and everything that comes before that revelation is wasted on them. 2) You seem to have confused 'twist' with 'plot development'. If you can get past an hour and a half of completely unnecessary shaky-cam, and Elisabeth Shue in full 'made-for-TV-movie overacting' mode, The House at the End of the Street is a fairly passable psychological thriller/horror... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 23:39, 21 September 2012 | Report This Post


Polite Notice

EDIT: Comment removed because that wasn't a comment on the review, it was personal abuse. Please avoid same and try to show some civility. ... More

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