House at the End of the Street (2012)

Classic horror with a haunted house, previous deaths, and a new family moving in next door. Which is quite an obvious route for a horror movie, but this one is different in its ending. Something I never expected and completely shocked me; but then again perhaps someone who is better known to horrors might have figured it out, but I surely didn’t, until the film wanted me to know. And I have to say, it made the film that much better.

Well to say the least it’s obvious the film is going to be a horror from the first second. Constant flashes from light to dark. Blurry limited vision for the audience. The film throws you straight in with a violent flashback of a young girl killing her parents. Four years later, brings a new family, a mother, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence), moving in next door to the haunted house, or probably just the house where the parents were murdered and they never found the body of the little daughter who killed them.

House at the End of the Street mother and daughter

The film is about the mother and daughter, of course, as they are the new ones to the little town. They soon discover that a young adult, Ryan Jacobson (Max Thieriot) the son of the couple who were murdered, is still living in the house. Of course, a bit predictable, Elissa meets Ryan, feeling sympathetic towards him, therefore so does the audience. Whereas the rest of society avoid Ryan, finding him troubled and should be left alone due to his complicated, sad past, and give him confusion on why he still lives in the house his parents were murdered in. The community isn’t really known to what happened to the younger sister, but the audience is soon told; this is where the horror element comes in. However, don’t worry, it’s not a film of the supernatural, more psychological horror.

This film does particularly have a plot that is quite obvious to what is going to happen, with Elissa in particular. This just makes the film a bit predictable for the majority of it, but then throws you off that track in the end, which is good. On the other hand, the film is able to require a mystery in a character, that isn’t so obvious and covers for the fact that Elissa is so. This being Ryan and his many secrets.

House at the End of the Street Alissa and Ryan

‘House at the End of the Street’ is split by lightness and darkness. By day and night. By tension and not. There isn’t really any springing moments where there are times of horror, during light and day. However, moments of darkness and limited lighting in the film, is where the audience knows something bad or scary is going to happen. There isn’t much cross over. This could be considered as a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you like to watch horrors. Personally, I liked it, mainly because it gives a break from constant suspense and it builds up tension within specific moments of the film. There are still many moments where there is plenty of tension and suspense and you’ll just be waiting for that moment that will make you jump. But there are also easier to watch sections of the film, and this just breaks up the film, and gives a little relaxation within the whole film. It means that the whole film isn’t full of tension or stresses you out. 

This film is a 15, and for good reason. The type of horror it is, is that it is a jumpy, tense horror. There aren’t many scenes that are gory, you don’t really see knives killing people, but you obviously know that it has happened for example. The film more focuses on the psychological matter of the killer, and what people go through within terrible past incidents and how that could affect someone. Obviously the film isn’t into the scientific aspects, it is just a horror of jump scares and tense silent moments where you know something is going to happen and as the suspense builds you still wait for it to happen.

Overall, I would say that this is a good horror. It definitely made me jump on many occasions and feel uncomfortable waiting for something to happen. And the ending is something I didn’t expect at all, that really did make it that much better because it was so unexpected.

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