Sunday, 30 September 2012
House at the end of the street Review
I have come to learn what was once described a "Horror" genre is now a word that is well and truly deceased. We think Horror and reminisce on classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing and many others I am sure to think of once I sign off! Suspense thriller is now a descriptive genre that has been around for a while, but I still find myself phrasing horror. The fact the majority of poor Suspenseful horrors have torched us over the years, I think I am finally ready let go of a genre that will always be remembered for its recognition through-out the 70's and 80's.
In terms of the review ahead, let's start off by referencing the quotes in the image above; The following movie is NOT deeply scary with a twist that is far from awesome but is in fact decent, a word equivalent to acceptable where I come from.
What seems an ideal family dream home, Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) is the first to find conspicuous events surrounding the landscape of their new home and the rural town within. Her mother Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) is desperate to remain optimistic and sees the move a fresh start from a troubled past we know little about.
Elissa is more than a little helpful after learning a murder had occurred in their new home, leading to flirty chats between herself and ideal genre heartthrob Ryan (Max Thieriot), the son and last remaining member of the murdered family. The long time suspect is Ryan's younger sister who, since the killing has never been seen. While a myth of the demented sister lurking the backyard of the woods, we see Ryan is holding her on basement arrest to savour himself of any further troubles.
With the plot praying on a routine escape from the enslaved sister, most of the movie focuses on a developing relationship between Elissa and Ryan, despite the despicable weight from the locals. Just like your basic romance concept, the mother isn't happy for obvious reasons, Elissa wants to be with him so there is nothing anyone can do. The film gets to the point where you forget there is a girl being starved in Ryan's basement. The movies backbone is depending on the occasional fright from the sister while trying to balance a chemistry of love that blends together like Tabasco and tea!
There is a twist that you feel quite privileged to have witnessed first off, but give it time. You ever find leaving a movie and thinking "yeah, somewhere in the back of my mind I enjoyed parts of the flick", but the more you think about it, clever twist or not, the majority of the film was rubbish. There is more suspense slash horror in the Gremlins, honestly.
Note; The House at the end of the street is indeed at the end of a drive-way surrounded by a concept of creepy woods. You won't find a street associated with any house in this film.
So with an old school introduction that was quite pleasing in terms of scary, it quickly changed course trying to develop something completely different to what the trailer had revealed. A twist at the end does not make up for the first 95 minutes.
Overall; A typically mundane attempt at a tiring genre. Just another cheap concept that although supplied an okay twist, the overall suspense and characters involved where downright careless. Wait for Sinister!