‘Tis the season for horror films–both the bad and the good. This week we see the opening of the film “House at the End of the Street.”
Directed by: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, and Max Thieriot
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Cue the horror clichés! Newly single mom, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her teenage daughter, Elissa (Jennifer Lawerence) move to a sleepy town post-divorce. After 2 mintues of meeting the mother-daughter team, we see that there’s some serious issues between the two. Their closest neighbors seem to be a young man, Ryan (Max Thieriot), who lives in his parents’ house a few years after they were brutally murdered by his younger sister. After the typical new-kid initiation of being hit on in a less than cordial way by the popular guy in school, Elissa ends up seeking friendship in Ryan, and the two get close, much to the chagrin of her mom, and apparently the entire town. Soon, Elissa realizes that there’s a darker secret than Ryan’s parent’s murder behind his closed doors. Something much more sinister and twisted.
As I was watching this movie, I could not help thinking “don’t these kids ever watch horror movies? Don’t they know not to follow that banging sound?” Then I realize that if they had, I wouldn’t be there watching the movie. There were the typical horror flick clichés like “don’t follow that sound,” or the even better “don’t open the door your not supposed to.” I can tell you this: The one thing I learned from horror films is that the killer ALWAYS comes back to life 3 times. (Or you could use the Zombieland way, of “double-tap to the head”– but these teenagers aren’t that smart).
With the obvious continuity issues and a several massive plot holes, it’s not as advertised. But I have seen worse. I definitely was reminded of “Twilight” in this film. Heavily wooded semi-dreary sleepy town where everyone stays in the same town all their lives, prey on the new kid, and overly dramatic conversations. Actually this was Twilight with murderers instead of vampires.
In all, the movie isn’t the best teenage horror flick. Its cliché, and at times you’ll be saying to yourself “this is really silly.” There were a few jumpy moments, but in all, not much “horror.” If you REALLY want to to see this movie, I’d just wait for Netflix to stream it (which shouldn’t be that long). Jennifer’s Body and Disturbia were better teenage horror flicks. However, I must say the twist towards the end did have me thrown. I gotta give them that. Otherwise, wait. Don’t give up a good $13 for this.
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