House at the End of the Street (2012)

House at the End of the Street strays a bit from the classic horror framework.  Sure, a lot of familiar genre conventions exist in the film so it’s still easily recognized as part of the horror family.

Although I enjoy a good horror movie – no matter how closely it follows the classic horror formula – I wasn’t amazed by this film.The presence of a twist was good – and it was probably the best part of the plot.

The acting was good.  And the shooting of the film was the only other part that made it watchable.  When you go to see a horror film you expect to jump out of your seat at least once or twice – even if you know what’s coming. I didn’t.

Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) did fulfill her role as the dark, but innocent protagonist.  But it is certainly a step down from her lead role as Katniss Everdeen in the opening film of The Hunger Games trilogy.

Director, Mark Tonderai, shouldn’t worry about losing any credibility as a director.  After all, he didn’t write the script – and therefore isn’t his disaster.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not a complete hater of the film.  It’s worth a watch – once.  But after you know the ending, there’s no frightening parts to make it worth a second watch.  Truly, this film could have worked better as a one-hour episode of Criminal Minds, rather than a two-hour film about… well a criminal’s mind.

Director: Mark Tonderai

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue, and Gil Bellows

Rating: 4.5/10  (and that’s simply because I recommend watching it once for the twist and the decent acting…)

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