House at the End of the Street shocks audience with twisted ending
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 23:09
House at the End of the Street is not your typical horror movie; it is more if a psychological thriller.
Elissa and her mother move next door to a house where two parents were murdered. There is mystery behind Ryan, the son of the two parents that still lives there. Elissa tries to figure the clouded past of the double murder.
The movie started off very flashy, literally. The opening scene was during a lightning storm. It felt like having a seizure. This type of cinematography was done throughout the movie. Towards the end of the film, the main girl tries to use a flashlight that keeps flickering. That was a particularly scary scene because you did not know when the psycho killer was going to pop up.
The story was fast paced. It was shorter than expected. The writers kept the story moving without stopping for in depth character development, except maybe for the two main characters. Ryan, a boy who is living in his dead parent’s house, is a troubled boy with a mysterious past. He was played by Max Thieriot. Elissa is the new girl that moves in next to Ryan’s house and tries to help Ryan from his past. She was played by the well-known Jennifer Lawrence. The other characters in the movie were left in the dark.
Jennifer Lawrence is the big stand out performer. She is believable as a girl that wants to be the savior for this secretive boy and terrified when she is in danger. However, she remains level headed when she needs to think her way out of situations. It was not far from her famous Hunger Games performance because both characters are fighting to survive. The rest of the cast members were shadowed because of the non-stop movement of the story.
The movie is all about twist and turns. Throughout the movie, there are plot turns that are expected, but there is a huge surprise that leaves the audience in shock. The big surprise was the only pause in the movie that allowed the audience to stop and think. It left the audience blown away and changed the whole dynamic of the story.
House at the End of the Street is a good scary movie. It is not all gory and gross. This movie messes with the viewer’s head. It is a calmer movie compared to Saw or Final Destination, but the film is still creepy. There are scarier movies out there, though it depends on the viewer. The big surprise made this movie good. It was alright, then the audience finds out the twist and the film becomes ten times more enticing. Without the huge plot turn, it would have been nothing extraordinary.
We give this movie three out of five paws.