House At The End Of The Street – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 41 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date (UK): 21 September 2012

Genre: Horror, mystery, thriller,

Director: Mark Tonderai

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue, Gil Bellows, Eva Link, Nolan Gerard Funk, Allie McDonald…

Description: Elissa has just moved to a new neighbourhood, her new neighbour is a college boy who’s parents were murdered by his sister. Elissa likes to help people, protect them and so she befriends the boy, Ryan. It’s a mystery about what happened to Ryan’s sister after the murder, some people believe she drowned; other’s believe she lives in the woods. Should Elissa stay out of it and protect her own life or potentially lose everything to solve the mystery of the missing girl?

My Thoughts: If you’ve read my most recent review you’ll know I am not much of a horror movie person, even though I continuously put myself through more hours of horror movie torture in the hopes that I find one that isn’t rubbish.

Anyway… at the start I felt like it was trying too hard to be creepy, it was trying to make you scared at moments that just didn’t seem scary, for example: there was a scene in which a light was turned on and this was made to seem like something really terrifying and scary and we should all be reaching for another person’s hand in comfort (although not me because I watch horror movies alone, another thing I mentioned in my last review.) but it just wasn’t scary at all, it was just a light turning on in someone’s house, no big deal.

The film starts by showing you the murder of Ryan’s parents, and it really wasn’t scary, like, at all. For most of it you just saw a girl walking down a hallway with her hair partially covering her face (nothing scary about that,) and then there were a few screams and that was roughly it, it was kind of pointless and I felt like the way the murder was done was a bit unimaginative, although it was done by like a ten-year-old.

There was a very awkward dinner scene that made me laugh at it’s awkwardness. That was good.

I felt like the dialogue was a bit bland and pointless, like I know it’s got to have dialogue obviously because otherwise the film would be really boring and slow but I felt like the dialogue in this film was completely meaningless and I wish there had been a bit more to it.

It was nice to see Jennifer Lawrence in a role that wasn’t Katniss Everdeen and I feel like she played the part very well. I also think Max Thieriot did a really good job, his character was really convincing and well played.

In the first hour and ten minutes of an hour and forty minute film it had literally nothing going for it, hardly anything had happened except a couple of things that made me jump a little, in the last half an hour or so things started speeding along a bit. The story started coming together and everything started clicking into place, I still wasn’t scared but it did have me sitting on the edge of my seat,  wondering what was going to happen next.

I thought in some ways the film was a little bit offensive as the main scary element was a mentally ill person with a really traumatic childhood.

On the bright side this film didn’t have any really cheesy scary elements that were so supernaturally bizarre that they could never really happen, I think everything in this film could realistically happen.

I loved the ending, the ending was really, really amazing. The story only properly clicks together in like the last minute of the film but that last minute makes the whole film seem so much better, I quite often get that, I quite often watch a film that has been absolutely awful and then in the last few minutes it saves itself by having an absolutely mind-blowing and incredible ending. And this film was like that, it was really good and completely un-guessable.

4 stars (and it was going to get like two and a half until I got to the end.)

Warnings: Some violent scenes, some drug taking, some sexual scenes, for full details click the link to the IMDb parents guide:

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information about the film and cast click the link:

Other Information: House At The End Of The Street is also a novel written by Lily Blake, which was released on the 21 August 2012, one month before the movie’s release.

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