Iffy for 13+
Dumb thriller will disappoint Hunger Games fans.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that House at the End of the Street is a thriller that many teens will want to see based on the fact that its star, Jennifer Lawrence, was in The Hunger Games. There's fighting, kidnapping, and killing, and dead bodies are shown, but very little blood and gore are on display. Language includes a few uses of words like "a--hole" and "bitch." Teen characters kiss and are clearly thinking about sex but are interrupted. Some characters drink too much, and "crack" (i.e. a lighter and some tin foil) is briefly shown in a flashback.
- Families can talk about the romantic relationship between the teen characters. Does it seem realistic? How is sex a factor?
- House at the End of the Street includes several murders without very much violence and gore. Does it still make its point? How does it compare to other thrillers and horror movies you've seen?
- Is the movie scary? Why or why not?
The good stuff
Messages: A mother and daughter make an attempt to trust each other more and to try to communicate better, though this lesson is more or less buried in the scary story.
Role models: Elissa is a fairly strong teen female who, for the most part, seems resourceful and self-reliant -- though she makes poor decisions whenever the plot calls for it.
What to watch for
Violence: Very little blood, though several characters die, and dead bodies are shown. Characters are shot and stabbed, and necks and legs are broken. Several teens gang up on one young man, punching and kicking. There's a scary prologue in which a young girl stabs her mother and father (no blood shown). Women are kidnapped and locked up.
Sex: The teen heroine kisses a college-age boy, and they move to a more comfortable location, presumably to take things a step further. They kiss some more but are interrupted before anything else happens. The heroine and her mother also wear tight white tank tops in many scenes. At a party, a teen boy tries to seduce a teen girl, saying he's "horny"; she tells him "no" and pushes him away.
Language: Language is fairly infrequent but does include a few uses of words like "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "bitch," "damn," "slut," and "piss," as well as "oh my God" and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
Consumerism: A Campbell's soup can is shown, and the soup is opened and prepared. A Lay's chip bag is quickly shown, and Coca-Cola and Sears signs are briefly seen.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: In a flashback, a mother smokes what appears to be crack, using a lighter and tin foil. One scene takes place at a teen party, and though drinking isn't shown, one girl is shown to be drunk, passed out on a bed, and then throwing up in a bathroom. The main character's mother drinks too much wine at dinner, resulting in awkwardness and fighting.
Fan Reviews provided by
The house at the ens of the street by mrfallreev
It must be me, because I jumped out of my skin several times. I wonder sometimes, if I am watching the same movie as everybody else when I read reviews from people who recommend not seeing something until it comes out on dvd. This was better in a dark theater, on a big screen, with good sound. I liked it.
Great Thriller by twschaible
Can't believe the poor reviews - this was an exciting movie. It was a mind twister with all the puzzle pieces coming together. Some very scary parts!! It is well worth the ticket, sit back and enjoy a very good movie.
HATES by anchorgirl08
Overall, a pretty good movie. Not really scary, but more of a thriller. It will keep you guessing most of the time. Ending definitley has a twist you won't expect! The acting is good from everyone. Although it was a good movie, it is not one I would say you must run out now and see it, but I would defintley recommend you see it at some point!
A By The Numbers Formula Thriller. by Alon Patterson
Nothing new here but the movie's still worth a ticket. The entire production, play, talent, audio and video are mainstream average, as films go. There are plenty of conflicts, lots of resolutions, basically, it's a play in three acts. Thats what makes it a formulaic thriller. Not much else to say. See it. You won't be disappointed.
House at the End of the Street by ffastje
The Movie is just OK. It is worth seeing if you dont have anything else you want to see.
The story seems it has been done before and the acting is pretty good.
PG 13 is a good rating for this movie
It was okay. by michy7896
I knew the PG-13 rating would limit the scare factor in the film and it really did. It had a good plot and good acting. I think the blood and such was really toned down because of Jennifer's fan audience but it's good if you just want to see an entertaining movie to kill some time. It's a bit slow at first but i'll admit I wasn't really expecting that ending which I liked the surprise to it. I think it had a lot of potential but could have been better.
Not What You Would Expect by melissa.ronnan
I thought this was a haunting movie but it was much better. All of the actors were great, especially Jennifer Lawrence :D The end of the movie really pulls everything together and will leave you shocked.
Twists and Turns by fyrwife
It's a fairly quick paced film that keeps you thinking thru the whole thing, and then some. You might walk out still wondering what really happened!? Enjoy!
Go! by iReview_movies
Despite what other reviewers are saying, this movie was great and I really enjoyed it. It is not one of those types of movies that will constantly and annoyingly make you jump out of your seat. It will surprise you and make you bite your nails (I'm guilty of it haha). Over all, I think it was well written and I like the ending... it's different from all the "scary" movies out there. Don't let the bad reviews discourage you from checking it out... I almost allowed the bad reviews to convince me to not watch it but decided to do so and I really liked it.