'House at the End of the Street' Review By Forrestgump1

For being a PG13 horror thriller, it still gets the job done. It has its moments of pure enjoyment and failure. I was not in love with the movie. But being it had a surprise ending that caught me off guard, I would give it a mild recommendation at best
  • OVERALL
    2.5
    WORTHY
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
With the fall season finally starting to heat up, we get our first look at what this fall may potentially have in store for the movie going season. House At The End of the Street is Jennifer Lawrence's latest attempt to sway audiences away from her huge mega hit sensation "The Hunger Games", much like Daniel Radcliife did at the beginning of the year with "The Women In Black". Well it's no surprise that Women in Black was much more frightening and chilling than this outing. But don't count out HATES just yet, this film does have its many redeeming qualities that for the most part I was truly impressed with. The film started out kind of slow and it does have a really long build up. What really makes the difference though is if the payoff was worth the buildup. While the ending I should have seen coming almost miles away it still unexpectedly caught me off guard and for being a fellow critic and I have pretty much seen it all. I should have known better. It's for that reason alone why I am even suggesting it to audiences. There are no really surprise moments that jump out and scare you. But it does have its moments of redemption. Jennifer Lawrence is always going to be money in my book for the time being. She did a worthy job as Katniss and she killed it as mystique in last summer's X-Men First Class. While the supporting work of Max Theroit and Elizabeth Shue could have been more likeable. The film is completely and utterly forgettable I hate to say. Once Paranormal Activity 4 comes out, this film will be but a distinct memory.

Story: (3/5) - The story is pretty formulaic and it's simple and not hard to follow so must tweens should be able to gather most information. It's about a House at the end of a street. Yes you guessed it. Jennifer Lawrence's character (I already forgot the name, this movie is that forgettable). But her and her mom decide to move into this local house, because they get it at a cheap deal, but undoubtly this is a next door neighbor that seems a little shady. But he has a deep down secret that the characters in the movie do not. It's a good ole fashion case of Dramatic Irony. While the story was mild the overall product of the film, the film does have a decent ending, which truly was the only thing I can say shocked me about the film. Its honestly still depressing that anything in this movie truly GOT me. Acting: (3/5) With the exception of our lead female stare which is Jennifer Lawrence, I really can't give anyone much leeway. This is a horror film and well the standards for this genre are well low. You can phone in anyone off the streets to do this movie. So the acting in this movie will not be up to par with normal standards of regular Hollywood pictures. Directing: (3/5) - While clearly the direction was a bit hazy, it still provides a dark eerie vibe, the film always seems to be dark and discreet. It still could have had some more light instead well its just kind of boring.

Overall: (2.5/5) - For being a PG13 horror thriller, it still gets the job done. It has its moments of pure enjoyment and failure. I was not in love with the movie. But being it had a surprise ending that caught me off guard, I would give it a mild recommendation at best. Now I love horror films just as much as the next guy, and honestly? I am truly looking forward to this years upcoming slate of horror pictures, including Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4. So right now House At The End Of The Street will have to satisfy the horror geeks such as myself until we get the actual good R rated horror films that make me happy to be a horror movie lover. After last April's Cabin In The Woods came out, my standards for Horror films have gone up substantially. Because that film made me love horror film again. But HATES is something that could pass for now. I am going to say Rent It at best, for the fact it had a good ending. But don't waste your money on this film, wait for the better films like Sinister in a few weeks.

C

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RunTime106mins

RatedPG13

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  1. skywise

    great review. I have been intruiged with this film due to Jennifer's involvement. you mentioned that The Woman In Black was superior, that is not hard to believe. Hammer films have been in the horror industry since...well before I was born and they were always twisted (although not always top quality - always unique). I love Hammer films. Check out Who Could Kill a Child if you have any interest in older Hammer films.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag