Rapid Review: House at the End of the Street (2012)

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“People don’t notice all the secrets around them. Even though they’re right in front of them, just hiding, waiting to be found.”
– Ryan

SYNOPSIS: After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6You know, I watched this as part of the box set that Natasha got me for Christmas. I initially thought that it was the remake for The Last House On The Left, and when we started watching I realised they were two totally different films, so it was new to me. I know that Cinema Parrot Disco raged about this – she is no fan. Me? I thought that it was a decent albeit stupid popcorn film. It’s not revolutionary and great, though it features some pretty decent performances, but I can think of a huge selection of other movies that are a bigger waste of time. House at the End of the Street suffers from being generic, bland, and silly. It isn’t necessarily boring, and there are aspects to it that had so much potential to scare and get under the skin, make you think a bit, and yet those golden opportunities were passed up. There were some twists to it, one that I didn’t quite expect, but very few of them were pulled off with the finesse that they deserved. The movie never really quite hits the highs it wishes to. I thought that Jennifer Lawrence and Max Thieriot worked very well together. I also enjoyed Thieriot’s performance, and think that he is an actor that performs quite well but doesn’t get noticed much. He has potential for certain things, so it’s always nice to see him in something. The characters here are a little annoying, like the way they go about things is quite illogical. I think the safest way to look at this movie is to see it as a horror movie for young teens… I think that is the only way that you won’t absolutely hate it. As for me? I thought it was alright and not the biggest waste of my time. While unoriginal and lacking in places, there are other aspects that redeem it somewhat, and hence I can live with it.

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7 thoughts on “Rapid Review: House at the End of the Street (2012)

  1. Parlor of Horror says:

    I thought it was decent to watch but like most viewers, it just didn’t stand out to me. I wasn’t even motivated to write a review about it, it wasn’t bad enough to run amuck on it, but it wasn’t good enough to praise. I’ve been finding that with a lot of movies recently, especially in the thriller/horror genre.

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    • Zoë says:

      Exactly! It was one of those so-so movies that are pretty forgettable when all is said and done. I was actually having a conversation about the thriller/horror genre on Sunday, and how we all keep watching them, no matter how crappy they have (unfortunately) become.

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  2. Tom says:

    Ah yes, the days before Jennifer Lawrence starting shooting arrows at the Capitol. I forgot she was in this thing. Haven’t seen it yet, mind you, but maybe after this review I’m in no hurry to change that. Sounds okay though, so if I’m forced to I won’t resist. 😉

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    • Zoë says:

      Remember those days? Lol. Yeah, it was alright, but not perfect by a long shot. If you have to watch it, it is alright, if not, you do not actively need to seek it out 🙂

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  3. table9mutant says:

    Haha! LIKE! (Weird – I can’t like this. The like button won’t load). Anyway! I’m glad you liked this more than I did. Did I rage?! Lol! I think I do remember raging – I should re-read my review. 😉 It was just… Ugh. Just… Nothing-y, I guess. No, not the worst movie ever but just so bland. I agree it’s one of those PG-13 horrors aimed at young teens, though. But, from the sound of your review, I think it sounds more like a 5 than a 6. 😉

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