House at the End of the Street

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House at the End of the Street
House at The End of the Street.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Tonderai
Produced by Aaron Ryder
Peter Block
Ryan Kavanaugh
Written by David Loucka
Jonathan Mostow
Starring Jennifer Lawrence
Max Thieriot
Gil Bellows
Elisabeth Shue
Eva Link
Nolan Gerard Funk
Allie MacDonald
Music by Theo Green
Cinematography Miroslaw Baszak
Edited by Steve Mirkovich
Karen Porter
Production
company
FilmNation Entertainment
Distributed by Relativity Media
Alliance Films (Canada)
Release dates
  • September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)
Running time 101 minutes
102 minutes (Unrated cut)
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $6.9 million[1]
Box office $42,781,908[2]

House at the End of the Street is a 2012 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Mark Tonderai that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows, and Elisabeth Shue.

The film's plot revolves around a teenage girl named Elissa who, along with her newly divorced mother Sarah, moves to a new neighborhood only to discover that the house at the end of the street was the site of a gruesome double murder committed by a girl named Carrie Anne who disappeared without a trace. Elissa then starts a relationship with Carrie Anne's brother Ryan, who now lives in the same house.

Despite a negative response from critics, it was a commercial success ranking No. 1 at the box office in its opening weekend.

Plot[edit]

The movie opens with a young psychotic girl who murders her parents with a hammer in the middle of a stormy night.

Four years later, a newly divorced woman, medical doctor Sarah Cassidy (Elisabeth Shue), and her 17-year-old daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) move to a small upscale town. Their house is near the house where the massacred family lived. Carrie Anne Jacobson had killed her parents, then fled into the forest and was never seen again. Carrie Anne's brother, Ryan Jacobson (Max Thieriot), is the sole survivor. Ryan now lives alone and is hated by his neighbors; Bill Weaver (Gil Bellows), a local police officer, is Ryan's only supporter.

The mother-daughter relationship becomes rocky and Elissa starts a relationship with Ryan against her mother's wishes, finding Ryan to be lonely but a sweet boy. Ryan confides in her that he accidentally injured Carrie Anne when they were little; he was supposed to be watching her while their parents were getting high on drugs. The resulting brain damage from the accident made her extremely aggressive, leading to their parents' murder. It is revealed that Ryan has secretly been taking care of a seemingly now-grown Carrie Anne (Eva Link) in a hidden room. When Carrie Anne escapes, Ryan accidentally kills her while trying to hide her. In grief, he goes to the diner, where he meets a kind waitress named Peggy (Jordan Hayes).

After the unruly high school boys pick a fight with Ryan and he flees, Elissa drives to his house and subdues the fire the boys started. She finds tampons in the kitchen garbage and suspiciously explores the house until she finds the secret room and is attacked by Carrie Anne, who is actually revealed to be Peggy. Ryan restrains "Carrie Anne" while frantically screaming at Elissa to leave. Elissa finds blue contacts and Peggy's wallet in the kitchen. It is clear that Ryan has kidnapped the waitress and attempted to make her look like Carrie Anne. When Elissa tries to leave, Ryan knocks her out.

Elissa wakes to find herself tied up. Ryan reveals that Carrie Anne actually died during the swing accident. He says his parents punished him for it and implies that he was the one that killed them. He explains that he wants Elissa, but needs Carrie Anne and cannot have both. Officer Weaver goes to Ryan's house to look for Elissa but Ryan stabs him to death. Elissa frees herself and tries to escape but Ryan subdues her and traps her in his car trunk with Peggy's dead body. Sarah arrives and is also stabbed by Ryan. Elissa struggles out and ultimately shoots Ryan with Weaver's gun.

Elissa and Sarah move out; Ryan is placed in a psychiatric ward. A flashback shows young Ryan about to blow out birthday candles. His mother calls him "Carrie Anne" and when Ryan protests that his name is Ryan, not Carrie Anne, she slaps him violently; it is revealed that his parents forced him to dress and act like Carrie Anne after she died and most likely abused Ryan when he refused to go along with their fantasy, thus setting Ryan on his troubled path.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was originally announced in 2003 with Jonathan Mostow directing and Richard Kelly scripting but the film was put through development hell for 9 years until production was revived in 2010 with Mark Tonderai directing and Jonathan Mostow scripting instead.

Principal photography and filming mostly took place in Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada on August 2, 2010 until September 3, 2010.[3]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled to be released in April 2012[4] but was moved to a September 2012 release. The film had its theatrical premiere in the USA on September 21, 2012 and was released in Canada on the same date. The film was not released theatrically in Sweden or Spain and was released direct-to-video on January 30, 2013 in Sweden and on August 28, 2013 in Spain.

Novelization[edit]

A tie-in novelization of the movie was released on August 12, 2012 to accompany the movie by Little, Brown Company.[5]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted at No. 1 at the US box office on its opening Friday and Saturday nights.[6] In what was one of the tightest races in years for first place at the box office weekend, the film finished the weekend at No. 2 with $12.3 million, just less than a million behind End of Watch which included takings from Thursday night through Monday morning, where that movie finished at No. 1, with $13.1 million.[7] The film went on to gross over $42.7 million worldwide, from a budget of $6.9 million.[8]

Critical Reception[edit]

The film received a CinemaScore of B, indicating it was received well by its target audience. The film was generally received negatively by critics and it holds a 10% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 58 reviews from critics with the critical consensus stating: "Poorly conceived, clumsily executed, and almost completely bereft of scares, House at the End of the Street strands its talented star in a film as bland as its title".[9][10] Critics have still praised Jennifer Lawrence for her performance saying that she "does her best with a dull and derivative script in this by-the-numbers suburban shocker". Some of the other positive reviews have also praised the film for its plot twists and for being somewhat unpredictable.[11]

Home Media[edit]

House at the End of the Street was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on January 8, 2013.[12][13]

Unrated Cut[edit]

The unrated cut was also released on January 8, 2013. The extended edition increased the length of certain scenes in the final cut by a few seconds and the amount of violence, blood, and gore was increased by a small amount. The extended cut also included an additional twist in which Bill Weaver was actually a family friend of the Jacobson's and was aware of Carrie Anne's fate and he also knew about Ryan's abuse but did nothing to help him. On the day of Carrie Anne's accident he supplied John and Mary Jacobson with drugs and actually could have prevented Carrie Anne's death if he had not sold them the drugs as it prevented John and Mary from heeding the cries of Ryan, he was then disowned as a friend by John Jacobson.

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2012 Directors Guild of Canada[14] Best Sound Editing – Feature Film Mark Gingras, John D. Smith, Katrijn Halliday, Tom Bjelic, James Robb, Dale Lennon Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards[15] Favorite Movie Actress (also for Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games) Jennifer Lawrence Won
2013 MTV Movie Award[16] Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Jennifer Lawrence Nominated
2013 ASCAP Awards[17] Film Award Theo Green Won

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