House at the End of the Street (2012) **
D: Mark Tonderai
C: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue, Gil Bellows, Eva Link, Nolan Gerard Funk, Allie MacDonald
P: Teenage girl (Lawrence) and her mother (Shue), seeking out a fresh start, move to a small town. There, they become intertwined in a mystery surrounding one of their neighbors - a teenage boy (Thieriot) whose family was murdered by his sister, who then mysteriously disappeared.
House at the End of the Street is pretty much a TV movie in dress clothes. With a slightly larger budget and a raising actress (Lawrence), it got a major theatrical release while similar films would have either aired on TV or been released straight to DVD.
The script is by the numbers. All the answers to the mystery that the film is spinning are rather obvious, so therefore a lot of potential suspense has been removed as well. Production values are average at best, though the entire cast does a competent job. It's just that we've seen this type of film so many times and this one doesn't even attempt to do anything to separate itself from all the others that came before it. House at the End of the Street is bland, forgettable and uneventful, but then again, what do you expect of a PG-13 rated horror film released in September with minimum ad support from its distributor?!? [PG-13] 101 mins.
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