House at the end of the Street
Director: Mark Tonderai
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue
Tonderai’s latest film, House At The End Of The Street takes off
intriguing enough, slows down with hints of a predictable ending and
then takes off on a path that Hitchcock himself would be proud of.
(Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) move to a
small town where they have found a beautiful house to rent which should
be out of their price range. However, the fact that their house is next
door to where a young, disturbed girl murdered her parents years ago
makes the house much more affordable. Elissa befriends Ryan (Max
Thieriot), the reclusive brother of the murderous daughter, Carrie-
Anne, who has been missing for years and is rumoured to be living in the
woods near their houses. Ryan has always seems mysterious to the town
people and his mystery attracts Elissa, but Ryan has more secrets than
anyone ever thought possible.
House At The End Of The Street is the type of thriller/horror film
that you really want to see. A film where you really do believe you have
the ending figured out and that you have been so clever as to guess what
the twist could be, but you really have no idea. The script is so
brilliantly written that in the last few minutes you are still trying to
figure it all out and at the end of the film, all finally comes together
and you leave feeling like all your questions have been answered. The
story is very original with a scent of Hitchcock script.
though the film is not completely scary, it is still quite suspenseful.
Another good thing about this film is that it doesn’t rely on blood,
guts and gore to get its point across. The scariest image is of
Carrie-Anne at the beginning as madness overtakes her and she makes her
way towards her parents room. She does tend to channel Samara from
The Ring visually a fair bit.
is a different choice of role by Jennifer Lawrence, but she again makes
it work for her. She is very much your no nonsense type of girl who will
do all she can for those in need, but would prefer trouble not to follow
her around. Max Thieriot is also very good and attains the audiences
sympathy very quickly.
special features are few in number and include English subtitles and a
behind the scenes featurette called “Journey Into Terror: Inside The
House At The End Of The Street”. Although the featurette is a
little on the brief side and doesn’t go too in depth into the production
of the film, but is still enjoyable nevertheless.
House At The End Of The Street is a little gem of a film which is a
pleasant surprise. There is nothing better than getting more than you
think you are going to get out of a thriller.