Friday, October 19, 2012
The House at the End of the Street
Following a fracas at a teenage party of assholes where Elissa tries to fit into her new environment, she is offered a ride by Ryan as she is walking home. Initially reluctant she readily agrees when it starts raining. Along the way she learns that he is a nice guy and that the town’s perception about him being a weirdo is unfounded. Ryan is well aware of the rumors about him but he does not care. Elissa likes his moxie. The two soon form a fast friendship much to Sarah’s chagrin who emphatically tells both of them that they are not allowed to be alone in either of their homes. Yeah, right. The two begin spending a lot of time alone together. This becomes problematic, however, when Elissa eventually discovers some strange things while poking around Ryan’s house, which makes her question his version of events about his family tragedy.
I didn’t hate it.
‘The House at the End of the Street’ is a generic title (in fact I just typed “The House at the end of the Road” by accident) for a generic movie. It has a few “twists” along the way (one that I figured out after the first 10 minutes and a good one that I didn’t figure out), it has a solid cast and it has a nice spooky setting. This is one of those films that doesn’t really do anything wrong, beyond some leaps in logic, but doesn’t offer anything new either. I guess the best word I could use to describe it is “serviceable”. I find more and more that “serviceable” can be used to describe most American “horror” movies these days. In other words, The House at the End of the Street gets the job done and is juuuuuuuuuuust good enough to keep you watching.