Box art for House At The End Of The Street

House At The End Of The Street

  • Rated PG13


Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

1 star

Test to see if this breaks

- jarobb3, Friday, December 7, 2012

1 star

Using the same old tired out horror formula that we've seen many times before; House at the end of the Street, along with Smiley is among the worst horror film this year. This is a pitiful attempt at trying to deliver an effective horror film. Instead of being scary, it just ends up being boring, dull, uninspired garbage that is definitely not worth your time. The film uses elements from other better films, and in the end, it's just a dull flick with a wasted good lead actress. The film is so poorly constructed that it doesn't do anything to try and thrill the viewer. This is a failure as a horror film, and it relies far too much on clichs to try and build its horror, tension and suspense, that there is no payoff to the film whatsoever. This is a lazy attempt at horror, and everything the filmmakers try to do with its material fails to do something exciting. I hated the film, and thought that this was a film that should never have been made because this is one of those films that we've seen many times before. The film tends to rely on cheap jump scares that really doesn't work, and in the end you're more in a state of sleepiness because there's nothing entertaining going on-screen. If you love horror films, avoid this, this is truly one of the most unoriginal films in the genre this year, and if you're expecting something effective in scare delivery, you'll be sadly disappointed. Everything with this film is predictable, and there are no scares to be had. Director Mark Tonderai clearly doesn't understand how to craft a solid horror picture, thus House at the End of the Street suffers greatly from a poor script and poor directing. Don't watch this one as it is truly a predictable film from start to finish.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1 star

Dumb plot, dumb scares and unsure of what it wants to be. I still love you Jennifer, good on you for not promoting this piece of crap.

- fb100001050230219, Sunday, October 7, 2012