32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
There was nothing "wrong" with this movie, but I get the impression most of the people who are giving it 5 stars and saying it was "edge of your seat suspense" and "chilling" are younger viewers.
Anybody over age 30 has probably seen this same story at least half a dozen times by now.
I would have probably given it another star if I had not heard so much praise for the film beforehand.
But the movie did not live up to the hype.
It was pretty much a "by the numbers" horror film that borrows very, very, very heavily from the Grand-daddy of horror films that started this whole Genre --- PSYCHO
No real twists, pretty much what you expect and are waiting for from beginning to end.
So certainly not bad, but not the "masterpiece of suspense that will keep you from sleeping" that so many proclaimed it to be.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2013
The first hour of this movie, my husband and I made fun of it and almost turned it off. What we thought was the premise was ridiculous, so we couldn't take it seriously. I even questioned why Jennifer Lawrence had agreed to be in this film, as her other movies are usually decent. I'm glad we kept watching, because the plot twist was pretty great. I usually guess the plot twist, but this one got me good. Not the greatest scary or suspenseful movie, but worth the watch if you've got nothing better to do.
76 of 105 people found the following review helpful
It seems like only yesterday that Jennifer Lawrence made her big screen debut in Winters Bone, a small scale but critically acclaimed movie which gained her an Oscar nomination.
Since then she has gone from strength to strength starring in two of the biggest box office successes we have seen in the last two years X Men First Class and Hunger Games. I think it's fair to say that her rise has been meteoric.
As I watched the movie and the camera's love affair with her, the thought went through my mind several times of what an exquisite looking creature she truly is, still young enough to play a teenager.
A grisly murder of two parents takes place in a remote house in a leafy suburb of an upscale neighborhood of a typical rural town. The daughter who killed them was never found thus stoking local legend that she is still running around loose.
Years later a mother played by Elisabeth Shue and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer) move to said town they end up in a house nearby from which the slightly rundown, seemingly abandoned and spooky murder house is visible. Cue the scary music when Jennifer looks through the trees and sees the house light unexpectedly come on. Wooh.
As Elissa adjusts to school life her curiosity ensures familiarity with the story, and then one night walking in the rain a car stops to offer her a ride home, and the driver is the current occupant of the scary house the only surviving member of the family. Does she get in the car or keep walking?
Elissa and her mother have one of those fractious relationships and her mother forbids her from having anything to do with the occupant of the house but Elissa is attracted to him and teens will be teens. While she likes this misunderstood boy the town as a whole is understandably suspicious of a boy who would choose to live in the house where his parents were killed. Creepy, right?
Not all the horror of the past has been resolved and although Elissa is on the alert things can happen so you can become scared or horrified. What I liked was that this movie did manage to surprise me. This movie may scare you at times and I liked its unusual twists particularly about the daughter.
I found the movie entertaining and definitely elevated by the star power of Jennifer Lawrence. I think most people will love it and I hope this was helpful
53 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Sarah has been recently divorced and she has searched for a new beginning with her daughter, Elissa. They search for the house of their dreams and are happy with one they chose in a small, rural town. But, unexpected events begin to happen and Sarah and Elissa discover that the town is hiding some kind of chilling secret. It has been known that the house next to Sarah many years earlier had a horrible murder take place as a daughter killed her parents and vanished, leaving one sole survivor, a brother. His name is Ryan and against Sarah's wishes, he begins to date Elissa. The closer they become in their relationship, the More dangerous it gets as they are pulled into a terrifying mystery. This thriller is very dramatic and eerie with intense suspense. Who survives the nightmare at the 'House At The End Of The Street?' Great acting performance and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Highly Recommended for thriller, mystery, and horror lovers!
47 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I don't know what some of these people are talking about. There was nothing predictable about this movie. I am a huge thriller/horror fan. I've seen everything and lately there hasn't been anything good coming into the theater's. Typically you watch five minutes of a movie and you know how it will end. I thought it would be the same with this movie. IT ISN'T! It's awesome! Jennifer Lawrence does a GREAT job!!! Loved this movie...in the theater....and can't wait to go and see it again. It is a definite "must see" if you are a horror movie fan!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
I saw this movie a few months ago and all i remember is how extraordinarily bored i was the entire movie. I don't remember what happened, i don't remember the ending ,it was absolutely boring. As a fan of horror movies this was dreadful. I believe the director thought he was being unique and interesting but he was wrong. When i saw the trailer i got excited because i thought it was going to be more paranormal and scary. It turned out to be more of a "kidnapping"/ thriller movie. I use thriller lightly because nothing about the movie kept me at the edge of my seat. If you want to see a good thriller movie with popular young stars than watch Disturbia. I love Jennifer Lawrence but this movie was rubbish and you will forget all about it in a week. If you are truly bored with your life it just might be worth one watch but other than that don't waste your time. I love scary movies and thrillers this was disappointing.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
The synopsis sounded interesting. Thus, I rented it. This film was a big disappointment. They should have saved their time, effort and money on this one. That is just my opinion. This film was not as suprising, interesting or scary in any way, except that it could happen in any town at any time. This is not the first time I saw a film with the same premise. A film entitled SleepAway Camp, something like that. In that one, the parents did the same thing as in this one. I don't want to give anything away. The acting performances are believeable, but the film is basically a dud. We had it figured out in the first ten minutes of this film and then just watched it to see if what we guessed was right and we were.
Overall, I can't recommend it, but that is your choice.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Lets make one thing clear. The only people voting this movie 5 and 4 stars are fans of Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games. You won't see an in depth review but you will see Jennifer Lawrence is so great yadda yadda! On any positive review about this terrible movie. With that said how about an actual review of this film for once.
This movie has been done to death. It's predictable because you've seen it before and therefore becomes not that interesting of a film to watch. The film doesn't sell the story so well because it feels like you're watching a movie. The acting is terrible and like a cheesy daytime soap opera. When the star of the movie is Jennifer Lawrence what more can you expect. Hunger games had terrible acting and so did this movie. Bringing a so so actor into a cheesy horror film doesn't make the movie better. If this film didn't star someone with a mindless fan base already This would probably be an average 3 or 2 star horror film.
So why am I getting on Jennifer Lawrence's case? Well it's because a bad horror film doesn't deserve instant 5 stars because you're favorite actor is in it. I like Nicholas Cage but I'm not going to give the Wicker Man 5 stars just because he was in it (even though I did like that film a lot). I also like Milla Jovovich but I'm not going to give Resident Evil a 5/5 just because she starred in it? So what's the point of ignoring how bad a movie is and giving a hyper inflated review score because you're favorite actor is in it?
Enough of my rant let me talk about the movie now...
The movie is about a teenage girl and her mother who move to nice neighborhood after a divorce. Jennifer lawrence and her mother don't get a long because her mother is emotionally unstable and spent her time being a friend to her daughter instead of acting like a parent. Jennifer is introduced to the neighborhood kids and makes a few friends at school. One day after going to a party she runs in to Ryan the boy who lives in the house across the way. Ryan's parents were murdered and he moved into the house after they died or so the story is. The entire town seems to dislike Ryan and spreads rumors about him for his parents being murdered and his decided to live in their home instead of moving out and selling it (what a way to treat a victim). Ryan offers Jennifer a ride home and she soon begins to befriend and fall in love with him. The problem is that Ryan is keeping a big secret in his house (soo spooky). To which we find that his sister Carrie Ann is still alive and is locked up in his sub basement (don't worry that's not a spoiler to this film it's revealed in the first 10 minutes). That's about the only interesting part of the film. The fact that Carrie Ann is still alive after committing the murders and being looked after by her brother BUT THEN! the writers take that great plot and opportunity to create a truly unique and interesting horror story and throw it out the window. At the end of the film you feel cheated,unsatisfied and completely let down. What starts off as a potentially interesting movie turns out to be just another been there done that type of horror film. There really is nothing to write home about in this film other than "Wow that could have been good why did they go and do that?" The film literally ends with a snap. Once you hear it you start to realize that the film just killed a good plot.
Overall if you want to watch this film because Jennifer Lawrence and her terrible acting is in it you'll probably enjoy it. If you're a horror fan like me looking for a good film to watch THIS IS NOT IT!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Remember "Disturbia"? It had the gall to reimagine Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Rear Window" as a teen slasher movie, starring a pre-"Transformers" Shia Labeouf in James Stewart's stead.
Why do I bring this up? Because "House at the End of the Street" might as well be a sequel to "Disturbia," since it takes the same tack of trying to turn a classic Hitchcock movie into a teen horror movie. The one thing that it has going for it is that instead of Shia Labeouf, this movie has the always-wonderful Jennifer Lawrence -- and at times, she feels like its sole saving grace.
Elissa Cassidy (Lawrence) and her newly-divorced mom Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) have just moved into their dream home, in an idyllic upper-crust community full of selfish snobs. Elissa isn't particularly enthusiastic about their new life, but she quickly makes some friends and even is recruited into a rock band at her school (which allows Jennifer Lawrence a chance to show off her lovely singing voice).
But there's a dark side to their neighborhood. Four years ago, Carrie Ann Jacobson slaughtered her parents and seemingly drowned herself -- and now the only living member of the family is Ryan (Max Thieriot), a shy young man who is despised by the whole neighborhood. Why? He's driving their property values down. Seriously.
Despite Sarah's wishes, Elissa becomes intrigued by Ryan, and even sneaks off to spend time with him in his abandoned house. But Elissa doesn't know what Ryan has been hiding in the basement, and what might happen if she were to learn the secrets he's been keeping. When she figures out the truth, Elissa becomes a prisoner facing a fate worse than death.
"House at the End of the Street" is a pretty shameless ripoff of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," minus the stuff that was (and is) actually shocking. In fact, director Mark Tonderai seems kind of uncomfortable with incorporating some of that stuff into the story -- he's particularly clumsy with the "mental illness" and "cross-dressing" aspects -- but is all too happy to blatantly rip off some parts of it (the final scene).
Then again, those moments tend to be the most effective in the movie. Tonderai isn't much of a director, with no real style to his work -- he just follows Lawrence around while scary music plays. Also: blonde girls running through the woods at night ARE NOT SCARY.
And as a story, "House" is resolutely mediocre -- it's standard Hollywood suspense populated by stock characters, with a lot of narrative contrivances tied together in so many knots. The dialogue is weak, and a number of the characters really have no reason to be in the movie. For instance, why is Elissa's new best friend in here again? The character adds nothing, and she fades out completely in the second half of the movie.
As the final indignity, major plot points turn into gaping plot holes -- for instance, we NEVER find out why the sheriff is so desperate to protect Ryan. It's just a dramatic device that collapses on itsefl
The one saving grace of this movie is Lawrence, who is doing a pretty phenomenal job with a fairly standard horror heroine -- she comes across as a clever but overconfident girl who doesn't know quite as much as she thinks she does. Shue just stand around looking worried. And Thieriot's entire performance is a third-rate Tony Perkins impression -- it's so obvious just from his performance what is going on!
"House at the End of the Lane" is an embarrassingly clunky movie, imitating random parts of "Psycho" but tailoring it to Mark Tonderai's limited skills. Lawrence is the only good thing about this clot of misery.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
Bad acting, bad story line, don't waste your money! This movie is not even a little scary,and is very predictable. The only reason I finished it is because I paid for it.