After watching House at the End of the Street directed by Mark Tonderai I am pretty sure the horror genre needs an intervention. This was easily one of the worst horror films I've seen in quite a while. I'm not a first weekend got to see it kind of guy when it comes to horror, but this even fell below my already abysmal expectations. I would argue right from the beginning that this movie has zero redeeming qualities. ZEE-RO! Besides the obvious jump scares, there isn't a single thing that sticks with you in this movie. So let's break down the story and then go with critiques...oh there are so many.
First off, House at the end of the Street is a perfect name for the twitter generation because now when I write about it I can use the hashtag #HATES and its both informative and accurate! The story begins with Elissa Cassidy (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mom (Elisabeth Shue) renting a house in a wooded area. I smell trouble!!! The house they are renting is thankfully not haunted, so bullet dodged am I right! Turns out that the house right across the woods from them was where a double murder took place 15 years ago; swing and a miss! I don't know about you but I'm already scared. Needless to say, all the neighbors hate the house and want to purchase it to tear it down. However the son, Ryan Jacobson (Max Thieriot) of the two aforementioned murder victims is living there. When Elissa meets Ryan she is intrigued by him and begins to show signs of interest. Ryan is the town outcast for obvious reasons, as he was the lone survivor of his family after his sister went on a household killing spree. With each passing interaction Ryan and Elissa get closer. The town often talks about Ryan's sister, and theorizes that she lives in the woods surviving and trying to kill again.
Everything about this movie is absolutely pointless. As I said earlier, there are zero redeeming qualities. First off, Jennifer Lawrence's performance was abysmal. She just seemed to phone it in on this one. I didn't think she could be any more flat than when she was in The Hunger Games. However, I don't think its an acting mistake, but a lack of ability similar to Kristen Stewart; yeah I said it. The villain is atrocious and not well thought out in any way. I can't go to far into that because I don't want to spoil anything. The plot was so convoluted for a movie with no brains. We are just dragged around for 110 minutes hoping that something interesting will happen, but it doesn't. The movie tries to play up these big twists but they just feel forced and seem like last minute edits. Hey, I bet they won't see this coming...booyah! This is how I imagine horrendous writers talk to one another. One of the lines that I couldn't help but burst out laughing at was delivered by Jennifer Lawrence, "I like the way you say things." Really? That's an actual line that one person says to another?! The movie flounders on all counts. When I see horror movies I don't want them to make me laugh at the dialogue. I should be tense and horrified at what just happened and the thought of what comes next. While watching #HATES, all I could wonder was when the credits were going to roll. Save your money.
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