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The House At The End Of The Street

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jan 15, 2013
The House At The End Of The Street

Even the most clich├ęd horror movies can satisfy the needs of the hungry horror fan. Lambasted by critics upon its release, "House at the End of the Street" offers nothing new, yet it's a magically shallow joy ride.

Surprisingly grisly and violent for its PG-13 rating, "House at the End of the Street" (not to be confused with "Last House on the Left" or any other "House" horror films) features Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence as mother and daughter that move into a new home. They learn that the house at the end of their street was the site of a double murder: a young girl killed her parents (seen in the brief prologue) and urban legend is that she is seen in the woods from time to time.

Enter the hunky Max Thieriot as Ryan, who is the son of the murdered parents and lives in the house at the end of the street. He and Elissa start a tentative romance, which outrages Shue and the townsfolk who think Ryan is up to something. It wouldn't be spoiling much to reveal that Ryan's murderous sister is being held captive by him...yet there is another twist to this story that can't be revealed.

The most sobering thing about "House at the End of the Street" is Ms. Shue continuing to play mother roles, which she talks about in the special feature "Journey Into Terror." The unrated version seen on the Blu-ray has an outrageous tacked on alternate ending that is slyly reminiscent of 1983's "Sleepaway Camp."

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Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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