Review by Lucia Santiago Dantes
Jennifer Lawrence better known for her leading roles on Winter’s Bone and The Hunger games, not to mention her role as a Mystique in the X Men First Class returns to the big screen in the new movie “The House at the End of the Street” more a thriller than a horror flick, the story deals with a doctor named Sarah Cassidy (Elizabeth Shue better known for her starring role besides Tom Cruise in Cocktail) and her daughter Elissa (Lawrence) whose just moved to a small town after Sarah’s divorce. Soon they start to mingle with the residents and discover there’s a morbid story in town about a girl who killed her parents. It is unclear what happened with her as the entire story has been retold so many times it became a not so urban legend. The real thing left about the story is that the oldest son of the family still survives and lives in the house Ryan Jacobson (Max Thieriot). Elissa meets him by chance after walking out from a house party. Ryan and Elissa became good friends after that incident but contrary to her expectations, her mother is upset about that friendship. Soon we realize that Ryan is hiding her sister at home and little by little we start to figure out the real story of the house until we realize that the people and Elissa’s mother weren’t that mistaken on their judgement.
I still have mixed feelings about this movie. For a moment you kind of want to believe this is a horror movie to soon realize that it is 90% a thriller and the only 10% of horror is based on horror cliche film tricks based on sounds, sudden camera movement and editing rather than an actual horror film, which I find very disappointing. As for the thriller, it is based partly on what it seems a dementia patient rather than a serial killer but at the end, glad it didn’t go completely in that direction. Although it kind of goes… well you have to watch it to know what I mean.
The film was shot in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Directed by Mark Tonderai a radio DJ turned into actor/producer/director for TV and lately for films.