Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The House at the End of the Street: Blu Ray Review

The House at the End of the Street: Blu Ray Review

Rating: M
Released by Roadshow Home Entertainment

Jennifer "Hunger Games" Lawrence made this low budget indie horror pre her break out in the Hunger Games series.

She plays Elissa, who along with her mum (Elisabeth Shue) move to a new home in the idyllic part of the woods. But it turns out the house next to them is a murder house where a girl Carrie Anne murdered her parents leaving only her brother Ryan alive.

Despite her mum's denial, Elissa forms a relationship with Ryan, who's the town outsider and the pair begin to bond and grow closer.

However, Ryan's keeping a secret from her....

The House at the End of the Street is your stereotypical horror movie, with obligatory jolts, shocks and fake out moments.

It's predictable, uneventful and not particularly frightening or heavy on suspense. It's also slow to get going, trying to build an atmosphere and unease and creepiness and not really achieving it.

Which is a real shame because both Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence are good in this below average fare. Their relationship feels real rather than cliched and you invest in them, making it a real sense of disappointment that the rest of the script doesn't follow suit.

Ultimately, The House at the End of the Street is your by the numbers horror, with a few twists thrown in for good measure among some bad dialogue and unrealistic moments. It's just unfortunate it couldn't have been more given the talent involved.

Extras: None


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