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Movie Review: 'House At The End Of The Street'

House at The End of The Street ReviewReview by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

House At The End Of The Street is a peculiar horror film and I say that because it took me a long while to figure out just where the film was taking me and what kind of film it wanted to be. Is it a ghost story? A slasher film? A psychological thriller? Or somehow all of the above?

This horror film seems to have a finger in all those lovely different pies – it’s very drawn out to establish mystery and character, there’s that guessing of which character is the killer and you’re not quite sure if there’s a haunting or demonic possession going on somewhere.

House At The End Of The Street tries to work with all these different elements but I don’t believe juggling these things did the film any favours and the end result is that the film often feels padded out, dull and a little weak in its execution of the scares, story and suspense.

Suspense is the element sorely lacking here actually and this is one of the film’s biggest weaknesses – there is perhaps only one jump scare in this 100 minute running time and absolutely no eerie or disturbing material to be seen at all and this all makes the film a largely dull affair till the end, which is pretty disappointing, I have to admit.

Oh it’s still all entertaining to be sure – it’s a film where you see the flaws, you notice its predictability but still it’s an inoffensive watch and the story still manages to hook you in no matter how pedestrian the film becomes.

Unfortunately, the film suffers further because of it’s flat direction that needed a spark or something to liven it up creatively but instead it’s all so bland – and I suspect that seasoned horror fans will have this story well and truly figured out before it comes to it’s conclusion.

Jennifer Lawrence does the absolute best with the material here and I really enjoyed her work over all, despite any limitations of the script, Elizabeth Shue turns in some solid support as her mother who’s trying to reconnect with her daughter but is going the worst way about it and Max Thieriot is actually excellent as the sad, soulful Ryan but in saying that, I felt that role could’ve been expanded upon and could’ve become much meatier.

While House At The End Of The Street is entertaining in the end, features a great cast and is certainly not the worst of the worst horror films that are out there, a bland and by-the-numbers direction and a weak script let down an otherwise solid concept that should’ve been given more time and effort to become the character-driven shocker that you can see it tried to be but couldn’t quite get there in the end result.

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