While it may not be the most original of stories, House at the End of the Street is a story that will keep audiences watching right to its conclusion. That is thanks in large part to scriptwriters David Loucka and Jonathan Mostow. What Loucka and Mostow have done with House at the End of the Street is taken a time honored story and updated it for a new generation. There’s no denying that as predictable as it is, it does do an impressive job of keeping audiences’ attention. It does this by throwing in just enough plot twists to keep audiences thinking they know what’s going on, only to have their minds twisted. As the near two-hour story proceeds, audiences find that everything they thought they knew was wrong. That even applies to the story’s conclusion. Loucka and Mostow leaving audiences guessing right up to the end, wondering about Ryan (Max Theriot) and his sister, Carrie Ann.
Perhaps part of the reason that the story manages to keep audiences engaged and wondering–as predicatable as it seems–is that unlike so many movies in today’s horror/suspense/thriller genre, it doesn’t rely on blood and gore to call itself a horror. It’s really more of a psychological horror in the vein of classic Hitchcock and King stories. Audiences get a slightly better understanding of this in watching the movie’s sole bonus feature, “Journey Into Terror: Inside House at the End of the Street.” Star Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) makes a brief mention of this. But it isn’t until she makes mention of it that audiences might catch onto it. As the old adage states, hindsight is 20/20. And in an era when so many horror movies are more bloodshed than story, it’s nice to have a movie within the genre that takes the road less travelled. It’s that same road hat any true horror purist will want to watch at least once.
House at the End of the Street is available now in stores and online. It can be purchased online at the 20th Century Fox online store, http://www.foxconnect.com.
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