I was quite surprised whilst watching 'House at the End of the Street'. Originally expecting it to be a rather jumpy, but ultimately forgettable horror film. Instead, I found it to be more than decent thriller with a very good story, which could be described as a 'Psycho for the younger audience'.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Elissa, a young girl who moves to a new area with her recently divorced mother Sarah (Elisabeth Shue). Their new home is located next to a house where a girl murdered her parents and was never seen again. The house is a talking point for the other residents, as indeed is Ryan (brilliantly played by Max Thieriot), the brother of the murderous girl who rarely lives the house his parents were slain in. The locals all regard Ryan was an odd ball, some taunt him, whilst others go out of their way to avoid him. The only friend he has is police officer Bill Weaver (Gil Bellows) who protects him from vicious tongues. However, sweet natured Elissa quickly befriends Ryan, much to the horror of her mother. The friendship between the two blossoms, until Elissa begins to worry about what her new friend might be hiding in his basement.
I've picked up many a so-called 'good' thriller for cheap in the DVD section of supermarkets, but 'House at the End of the Street' really is one of them. I actually quickly began to care for the characters, which says a lot for the quality of a film. Whilst it isn't a masterpiece by anyone's standards, nor is it particularly original (as I've said, I was reminded of a modern day 'Psycho' throughout), it does engross you, the performances are excellent, and as for the twist at the end - well, I for one never saw it coming.
Check it out!