Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Shue star in this slightly better than made-for-tv thriller. Some of the marketing might have led one to believe this would be much more in the way of ‘horror’ but essentially I couldn’t help but see this as a thriller that probably shouldn’t have been released in theaters. Having said that, this was not terrible or anything, but it certainly is nothing to write home about.
A mother (Elizabeth Shue) and daughter (Jennifer Lawrence) move into a place neighboring a home where a young girl murdered her parents. The house next door is occupied by the surviving son.
One might think this would veer off into J-Horror territory with ghosts and girls with long black hair-covered faces. But it doesn’t go that way at all, and instead turns into a mystery story/coming of age (sort of) tale.
The subject matter – although far from original – is disturbing when you really think about any real possibility of something like this happening in real life. Unfortunately, I would bet this sort of thing HAS happened before — and that is a creepy thought. But this film falls far short of actually being scary at all. Depending on how much of a horror-watching veteran you are, there may be a few moments in this thing to give you a jolt or two. Chances are if you are reading this blog, this film will barely cause a blip in your heart-rate.
House at the End of the Street has its share of flaws and is mostly a pedestrian affair. I certainly would not recommend you go out and purchase the blu-ray or DVD, but if you can NetFlix it, I say go for it. The performances are decent. Jennifer Lawrence I still feel is a very good young actress (she is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, Silverlinings Playbook). She doesn’t do anything earth-shattering here, but she is probably the only thing that allowed this flick to even make an appearance at the box office. Elizabeth Shue was just, meh, as the protective mother with a checkered past.
All in all, House at the End of the Street is watchable, but only just barely.