House at the End of the Street

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House at the End of the Street

Mark Tonderai (2012)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Sensitivity combines with jump scares in British director Mark Tonderai's twisting yet clichéd US debut about trust and parental neglect. A teen chiller perfect for the Twilight crowd, it sees Jennifer Lawrence's new girl in town unearth deadly secrets when she falls for troubled outcast Max Thieriot, who still lives in the neighbouring house where his sister murdered their folks. Though Hunger Games star Lawrence is clearly slumming it, she and Thieriot deliver strong and sympathy-inducing performances, creating characters that are surprisingly well drawn for a horror movie. Unfortunately, the plot isn't as accomplished, feeling like a patchwork of second-hand ideas. The most interesting aspect - the underlying tragedy of events - is simply thrown away, lost amid a hole-riddled final third and lame cat-and-mouse climax. Imaginative direction might have camouflaged these flaws, but Tonderai takes the lazy route by eschewing genuine tension in favour of irritating "shaky-cam" visuals, signposted jolts and a horribly clumsy use of sound and score.

Summary

A teenager moves to a new area and discovers a nearby house was the site of a horrifying incident in which a girl murdered her parents before disappearing without trace. She befriends the killer's troubled brother, but starts to worry that he may be hiding a terrifying secret. Horror, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot.

Cast & Crew

Elissa Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Sarah Elisabeth Shue
Ryan Max Thieriot
Weaver Gil Bellows
Tyler Reynolds Nolan Gerard Funk
Mary Jacobson Krista Bridges
Jillian Allie MacDonald
Director Mark Tonderai
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Sep 2012
Drama