Fridays at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog are Fear Fridays. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.
So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.
Fear Friday - House At The End Of The Street
Tagline - Fear Lives Here
Fear reaches out... for the girl next door
Directed by Mark Tonderai (Hush) and released on September 21, 2012 by Relativity Media (Rated PG-13). Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mom (Elisabeth Shue) move into a new house for a fresh start. The house is great and it came at such a good price. Maybe that's because the house next door was the site of two brutal murders. Go figure! Of course Elissa starts to fall for Ryan (Max Thieriot) who lives there. Is he the sensitive misunderstood guy that she thinks he is? Or is there something more going on in the house at the end of the street? Muahhhhh!
I'm not usually big on PG-13 scary films simply because they are rarely ever very scary. Hence the rating. This one surprised me though. I'm not talking big scares here but it was suspenseful and I actually jump a time or two. After this many years of watching horror films, making me jump is not a simple thing to do.
OK, the story is far from original and yes, you know a lot of what will probably happen. This is nothing new in the horror genre so that doesn't bother me much. It's more about how they present the same old ideas that makes a movie fun. I'm not saying this is the best movie out there but it made for an fun watch. Jennifer Lawrence and Max Thieriot (who I now know from the new Bates Motel show on A&E) were both enjoyable to watch. If you like an easy to watch thriller I would recommend this one.
House at the End of the Street is available on DVD and currently on Netflix streaming.
Take a look at the original trailer...
Some trivia about the movie...
1. The project was originally announced in 2003 with Jonathan Mostow directing and Richard Kelly scripting.
2. The film was shot in the 2-perf Techniscope format to provide a grainy image reminiscent of older horror films and to save money on film stock and processing. Despite this, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.