House at the End of the Street – USA, 2012 – reviews

‘Fear thy neighbor’

House at the End of the Street is a 2012 American horror thriller feature film directed by Mark Tonderai. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot.

Plot:

Seeking a fresh start, 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.

Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds and disappeared—leaving only a brother, Ryan, as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan. As she gets closer to him, she discovers his secret…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It had some nifty visuals (often tarnished by overbearing editing tricks) and was well acted (alas the often shitty dialogue made the performers look bad). With a lumbering pace, a see through mystery, too many boo scares and so much puppy love you’ll want to choke the puppy…” John Fallon, Arrow in the Head

“Unless you want to see Jennifer Lawrence saunter back and forth in a tank top for ninety minutes sweating, and running around, House at the End of the Street isn’t worth sitting through for the surprise ending. It’s a derivative, hokey, and badly delivered twist that will leave anticipating viewers shrugging and moving on with their lives.” Felix Vasquez, Cinema Crazed

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” …marginally weirder and more enticing than one may have been led to believe by its marketing push, it also somehow retains the vilest elements of its perceived ilk, bullying us into being scared instead of actually embracing the violence, bloodshed, and all-consuming perversity it constantly, blandly implies and insinuates.” Chris Cabin, Slant magazine

Cast and characters:

  • Jennifer Lawrence … Elissa
  • Max Thieriot … Ryan
  • Elisabeth Shue … Sarah
  • Gil Bellows … Weaver
  • Eva Link … Carrie Anne
  • Nolan Gerard Funk … Tyler
  • Allie MacDonald … Jillian
  • Jordan Hayes … Penn State Carrie Anne
  • Krista Bridges … Mary Jacobson
  • James Thomas … Ben Reynolds
  • Hailee Sisera … Caitlin
  • Craig Eldridge … Dan Gifford
  • Jonathan Higgins … Doctor Kohler
  • Olivier Surprenant … Jake (as Oliver Soul)
  • Lori Alter … Jenny Gifford

Technical details:

101 minutes | 2.35: 1 | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Box office:

The movie took $40,494,035 worldwide on a reported budget of $6,900,000 .

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