The House at the End of the Street
THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (15)
D: Mark Tonderai
Relativity Media/Filmnation (Aaron Ryder, Peter Block, Ryan Kavanaugh & Sonny Mallhi)
Canada/US 2010 (released 2012)
W: David Loucka & Jonathan Mostow
DP: Miroslav Baszak
Ed: Steve Mirkovich & Karen Porter
Mus: Theo Green
Jennifer Lawrence (Elissa Cassidy), Max Thieriot (Ryan Jacobsson), Elisabeth Shue (Sarah Cassidy), Gil Bellows (Officer Bill Weaver)
Filmed in 2010, this neighbour-from-hell thriller was stuck in distribution limbo until 2012, when it could capitalise on Jennifer Lawrence's rise in fame following her 2011 Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone and subsequent casting in the hugely successful Hunger Games trilogy.
The plot follows the same formula as umpteen similar films from years before; daughter and mother move into a new home next to a house where a family was murdered and the sole survivor, a teenage boy gets romantically close to the daughter, against the mum's wishes. The final act unravels a twist which gives the story a bit of originality, but it's all old hat leading up to that point.