House at the End of the Street
|House at the End of the Street|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Tonderai|
|Produced by||Aaron Ryder |
|Written by||David Loucka |
|Starring||Jennifer Lawrence |
|Music by||Theo Green|
|Editing by||Steve Mirkovich |
|Distributed by||Relativity Media |
Alliance Films (Canada)
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||101 minutes|
The story opens with a scene from the point-of-view of a psychotic killer in a night-dress, killing first her mother and then her father with a hammer in the middle of a stormy night. The events are blurred and warped as if the killer is deranged or drugged.
Four years later, a newly divorced woman, Sarah Cassidy (Elisabeth Shue), and her daughter Elissa Cassidy (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small upscale town. Sarah informs her daughter that they afford the house because a house a few blocks away from them was where the massacred family lived. As told by the neighbors: four years earlier a girl named Carrie-Ann Jacobson killed her parents in the house next door and then fled into the woods. The townies believe that Carrie-Ann drowned in the river yet her body has never been found, leaving others to believe that she lives in the woods. Carrie-Ann's brother, Ryan Jacobson (Max Thieriot), is the sole survivor who at the time was looking after his ailing aunt far away. Ryan now lives alone in the house; the neighborhood hates the house as it drives down their property values. Bill Weaver (Gil Bellows), a local police officer, appears to be Ryan's only supporter.
Against the wishes of Sarah, Elissa and Ryan begin a relationship. He tells her that he accidentally injured Carrie-Ann while they were swinging one day, he was supposed to be watching her while their parents were inside – his mother was getting high while his father watched TV. Carrie-Ann fell off the swings as she wanted to go higher, and Ryan says that she got brain damage which makes her extremely aggressive. Ryan returned to the house just after the murders with his aunt, who died a year ago before Elissa and Sarah moved in. It is revealed to the viewer that Ryan has secretly been taking care of a girl who appears to be Carrie-Ann in a hidden room. No locals know of the existence of Carrie-Ann. Carrie-Ann escapes the room on two occasions and appears to attempt to attack Elissa. During the second escape attempt, Ryan accidentally kills Carrie-Ann while trying to hide her from a teenage couple and keep her quiet. In his grief, he visits a diner where a student waitress attempts to comfort him, giving him a slice of cake on the house.
While visiting Elissa’s battle of the bands, several high school students vandalize Ryan’s car and attack him. In defense, Ryan breaks Tyler's (Nolan Gerard Funk) ankle and runs home. The remaining students decide to burn his house down. Elissa stops the fire. Elissa then looks in the garbage and finds a packet of tampons. She also finds a blue contact lens and a purse with a student I.D. inside of it on the counter. She hides these facts from Ryan. Whilst inside, Elissa finds Ryan's secret room. She is attacked by Carrie-Ann as Ryan arrives home. At this moment, it is revealed that the current Carrie-Ann is actually the waitress from the diner who has been held captive and made to look like Carrie-Ann.
In order to keep Carrie-Ann secret, Ryan knocks Elissa out and ties her to a chair. He reveals that Carrie-Ann actually died during the swing accident but that he still needed Carrie-Ann in his life. He knocks out the student and says he will make Elissa his new Carrie-Ann. It becomes apparent that the first "Carrie-Ann" rather was another victim attempting to escape from Ryan. When Weaver arrives, Ryan says Elissa isn't there, but Weaver decides to call her house phone (which has been call-forwarded to her cellphone) and then hears her cell phone ring inside the Jacobson house. In a scuffle with Ryan, Weaver tells Ryan that he has always defended him, but Ryan gets angry and stabs Weaver to death. Elissa escapes but is chloroformed by Ryan and thrown into the trunk of his car. She awakens and escapes. Sarah arrives at the house and hears Elissa's screams, but is stabbed by Ryan. During a struggle, Ryan is shot several times by Elissa using Weaver's gun and finally knocked out by Sarah.
Elissa and Sarah move out, and Ryan is shown in a mental hospital. To explain how he became disturbed and why he killed his parents, a flashback reveals that after the death of Carrie-Ann, Ryan's parents forced him to act as Carrie-Ann and abused him if he refused.
- Jennifer Lawrence as Elissa Cassidy
- Max Thieriot as Ryan Jacobson
- Elisabeth Shue as Sarah Cassidy
- Gil Bellows as Officer Bill Weaver
- Eva Link as Carrie-Anne
- Nolan Gerard Funk as Tyler Reynolds
- Allie MacDonald as Jillian
- Jordan Hayes as Peggy Jones (Penn State Waitress)
- Krista Bridges as Mary Jacobson
- James Thomas as Ben Reynolds
- Joy Tanner as Bonnie Reynolds
The film was mainly filmed in Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada in September 2010 and was scheduled to be released in April 2012 but was moved to a September 2012 release. A tie-in novelization of the movie was released on August 12, 2012 to accompany the movie by Little, Brown Company.
Box office 
The film debuted at No.1 at the US box office on its opening Friday and Saturday nights. In what was one of the tightest races in years for first place at the box office weekend, the film finished the weekend with $12.3 million, just less than a million behind End of Watch which included takings from Thursday night through Monday morning, and finished at No.1, with $13.1 million.  The film went on to gross over $42.7 million worldwide, from a budget of $6.9 million. 
Critical response 
It received a CinemaScore of B, indicating it was received well by its target audience and currently holds an 11% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews from critics. 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".
Unrated version 
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|2012||Directors Guild of Canada||Best Sound Editing – Feature Film||Mark Gingras, John D. Smith, Katrijn Halliday, Tom Bjelic, James Robb, Dale Lennon||Nominated|
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress (also for Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games)||Jennifer Lawrence||Won|
|2013||MTV Movie Award||Best Scared-As-S**t Performance||Jennifer Lawrence||Nominated|
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