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House at the End of the Street [Blu-ray]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2014
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An intriguing story that kept me guessing. Have watched twice, will view again. I enjoy Jennifer Lawrence, no matter what, but in this case was also taken with Ms Shue. Enjoy her on CSI. TV.
Have never been so taken with any actress since I was in love with Susan Hayward in the '50s. To me Jennifer is not acting, rather living the part, real time.
Will watch again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
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My 13 year old was extremely scared...which was the point in watching it on Halloween night. She says 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
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Movie had some surprises and some suspense. Not just uour regular slash movie. Was surprised at some of the twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
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It was worth watching. By no means some terrible b flick. I don't think I will watch it again it was good all the same
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Ten minutes into the film, you have the thing figured out. Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) move into a nice home which they got a good deal on because the neighboring house had a double homicide. The daughter killed both her parents. They never found the daughter, but the son who was away at the time now lives in the home. At this point I lead a collective groan in the movie theater.

Perennial teen Jennifer Lawrence, who apparently got hungry in between "Hunger Games" consented to play the ever helpful high school teen rock band singer. Mom works at a hospital and is over protective of Jennifer's movie virginity. This was a fair "B" movie mystery thriller.

The script was good, but wasn't that great. Having someone the caliber of Jennifer Lawrence star in it, didn't add anything to the feature other than a box office attraction. Her fans will surely overrate this film. Let's not kid ourselves it is 3 1/2 stars even with Miss Lawrence. Predictable with a good head fake.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Some immature teen swearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2014
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I've only left a movie behind before it ended twice in my life. This was one of them. I don't know if the editing was choppy or what, but this movie asks us to believe some things that don't have enough lead-in to be believable. About three quarters of the way in, I realized I didn't care what happened and turned it off.
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on September 22, 2014
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House At the End of the Street is not a typical scary movie. It has all the typical “scary” components with a little twist at the end that no one will see coming. The music, camera work, acting, and scary scenes all make this movie one that will keep you guessing and thinking throughout the movie, and even after it is all finished.
The lighting, music, and camera work all add to the creepiness of the movie. The lighting is either very dim or flashes in and out. For example, at one part of the movie all that can be seen is the small light of a flashlight moving around the room with eerie music in the background. Suddenly the music stops and Ryan (Max Thieriot) jumps out, taking your breath away and causing your heart to beat a little faster. The camera work focuses in on the most important parts of the scene so the audience never sees who or what’s about to pop out next. The door of the room where Carrie Ann (Eva Link) lives is intently zoomed in and focused on, so you’re surprised when she quickly bursts out of the door. The camera work also has a way of making it seem like the characters are being watched, which makes things more suspenseful for the viewers.
The acting in this movie is nothing spectacular, but it’s not horrible. The audience can really feel Elissa’s (Jennifer Lawrence) struggle to get out of the wrist and feet restraints that Ryan has put on her, because of the tone of her voice and the desperation in her face. Ryan convinces the audience that he is innocent in this whole story by using a very quiet, gentle, and calm tone. However, when he interacts with other characters from the movie, he does a less convincing job. For example, when he tries to explain to Elissa’s mother and the police officer that Elissa is not with him, he doesn’t make eye contact and can’t keep his calm, cool, and collected tone and facial expression. The audience would know that he was lying even if they hadn’t just seen him take Elissa into Carrie Ann’s room. Lastly, the acting of Carrie Ann wasn’t too convincing, which makes her character seem not so spooky. She walks hunched over, but then when she escapes from her room, all of a sudden she can run up-right and fast. Not very convincing for the audience that she has brain damage and hasn’t been allowed out of her tiny room in the basement ever since she went crazy and killed her parents.
Some parts of this film were stereotypical of a scary movie. Both Elissa and her mom notice signs of suspiciousness of the house (they live next door), but neither one does anything or tells anyone. Of course, the main character falls in love with the bad boy and doesn’t notice all of the signs that point to something suspicious. For instance, Ryan has a table full of children’s food and pictures of little stick people plastered onto the fridge. After Elissa finds out that Carrie Ann is real, she hears noises coming from the basement. She goes down to check it out, even though she knows that Carrie Ann has killed two people. The audience silently pleads with her not to go downstairs, but she has to, because there always has to be one person that’s brave.
Overall, I enjoyed this movie because of its very suspenseful, thrilling, and psychologically-packed scenes. There were a few events that were predictable, but they did not overtake the movie as a whole. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves a movie that will keep them on the edge of their seat and wonders if Carrie Ann was the one who really killed her parents…
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
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Let me just say that I saw this movie as a preview for another movie that I was watching. A movie that I can't even begin to tell you what it was, but after I saw this it peaked my interest. I wasn't really expecting too much because I got it cheap from the "Big Red Box" which is where I get a lot of movies now. That way, if the movies sucks, I don't own it, I'm not stuck with it, and I haven't paid that much to see it.

Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I haven't seen Elisabeth Shue in a minute, and I have always liked her as an actress. At any rate, I know some of these reviews tend to over-complicate the movie, so I'm going to keep my review straight forward. Nothing was how I expected it to be, and trust me, I am rarely surprised or shocked by any of these movies nowadays. Quite frankly, it was refreshing to see something not based on a comic book character, or characters, or a movie that looks like somebody grabbed a camera with nightvision and went into their own backyard and shot a movie. With that said, I will include spoilers, so if you don't want to know what happens skip me now...

First of all, it's really important that you pay attention to the flashback scenes because they explain a lot. Moving right on, the movie is about a 17-year-old girl named Alyssa (don't know if that's how they spelled it or not). Anyway, Alyssa and her mother have just moved to a new house. However, they are able to get this house really cheap because it's right next to a house where a girl supposedly murdered both parents with a hammer in the middle of the night. This girl is believed to be dead even though body was never found. Anyway, the house is suppose to be empty which was the lie the mother was told BEFORE she signed the lease only to find out afterward that the house does indeed have a current resident. She finds this out after she witnesses a light miraculously illuminate at 3:00 in the morning. The person that is living there is the eldest son of the murdered couple. Now, they say that he was suppose to be living with some Aunt he was taking care of when his sister murdered their parents, and now he's just back living in the house until he fixes it up and sells it which is what he said he was going to do.

This is pretty much the basis for the movie. There are few typical parts in between like the teen angst between mother and opinionated teenage daughter. There are times when you see clearly that Alyssa and her mother don't share a great relationship. There is no father around, her mother is never home, she pretty much raises herself, and her mother seems to have a drinking problem which you can tell by the way she was polishing off the bottle of wine at dinner. The mother comes across as disconnected from her daughter, and insensitive to Ryan because despite his niceness she doesn't trust him with her daughter.

Moving further along, I will skip Alyssa and Ryan's introduction, the attempt at romance, or the relationship she was trying to start with a seemingly misunderstood, nice, respectful, guy who's just had a rough life. I don't know about anybody else, but there were many life lessons we hear about everyday in this movie: "never get in the car with strangers," "mother knows best," "this is the guy your mother warned you about." However, most teenagers at this age tend to think that they know everything about life and people in general. Those are the ones who most often wish they would have listened to their parents.

Moving even further along, you eventually find out that Ryan's sister is indeed alive, and that he has kept and been looking after his seriously mentally ill "sister" by keeping her locked and drugged up in the house. Now, the story that Ryan initially told from the beginning involved his little sister having a horrible accident on a swing set when they were kids. Thus, the head trauma being the reason she killed their parents. There isn't anyone who has watched this movie that can tell me that they knew what the twist was going to be at the end. We find out later on through flashbacks that much of Ryan's story was true, but what didn't tell Alyssa was that their lazy father was slumped in front of the television and their drug addicted mother getting high when his sister flipped backwards off the swing and bashed her head open. Then, he and his parents buried Alyssa and kept it a secret. The question was then.. who murdered the parents? Is it safe to say he did? Maybe?

I went through several endings myself while the events were unfolding, and found myself with a lot of unanswered questions, which all will be revealed in due time I tell you. I had pretty much figured out that the "girl", or should I say "girls", you thought were his sister that he was keeping down in the bowels of that house were not really his sister because if you paid attention after her caught her he broke her neck, but when Alyssa finds the room by being just a little too curious one night she finds a completely different girl. That's when this "nice" guy flips the script and shows his true colors. Ryan has been kidnapping girls forcing them to be his sister "Carrie Anne." I guess in his mind these girls were Carrie Anne, or they were going to be whether they liked it or not, and Alyssa is about to be his next "Carrie Anne" whether she likes it or not. Despite the fact that he actually likes her, but he "needs" to have another "Carrie Anne" more.

At this point, you realize that this guy is a loon. I mean, he is just plain crazy, and we assume it's from the fact that he feels responsible for Carrie Anne's death, and his part in burying her. That's still not all of it though. The final twist, which you see in the final flashback is that his parents were responsible for all this. Apparently, after Carrie Anne's death his parents lost it, blamed him for her death, and therefore decided that he was going to take her place and be their replacement "Carrie Ann" whether he liked it or not. I know that was enough to mess anybody up, but for a boy being made to play his own dead little sister was hell on Earth. Ryan's parents screwed him up, and he made them pay for it with that hammer. I guess in his mind "Carrie Anne" did kill them and the "Carrie Anne" was him.

Crazy, but that's what happened! This was a good movie that left my jaw on the floor.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2013
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I thought Lawrence would make it worthwhile. Not a chance, All of the situations had been used in other movies only done much, much better. I lasted for 1/2 hour.
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on March 11, 2015
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I like to watch early movies of actors and actresses before they were anyone, and this 2011 movie fills the bill. Lawrence really needs direction, she often brings it on her own, but some of her scenes, especially the ones where she acts "concerned" or "making it" with the male lead are really bad --there's just no chemistry there. It's good to see Therioux (?) work pre Bates Motel, if this predated same, it surely helped him get the gig.

But all the protagonist "teenagers" have more maturity than college grads, it just doesn't sell the fact that these are supposed to be kids. Kids who actually wind up being "right" all along, I may add.

All the characters and the actors that portrayed them, is let down by a script with more plotholes than NY potholes after a freak snow storm.

So the five stars are for the film buffs out there. Your next "requirement" people, is to screen Serena. Lawrence did that "weepie" after this "creepie". Get to it.
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