Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Oscar-nominee Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret.
Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.
A spooky, decaying house, a young man with a terrifying secret and a teenage girl with a mind of her own are classic elements of horror-thriller cinetime, but in House at the End of the Street, a team of ambitious and creative filmmakers transcend s the genre with moody, stylish visuals, realistic and relatable characters, and mysterious secrets hidden in plain sight.
“House at the End of the Street is complicated in the way most good cinetime are,” says producer Aaron Ryder. “It is a bit of a Hitchcockian thriller, geared toward a younger audience with a great young cast. The script is really good—and by that I mean really scary.”
The characters in House at the End of the Street are haunted by a horrific tragedy that took place several years before the movie starts. “A couple was murdered by their mentally handicapped daughter who has disappeared,” says Ryder. “Now Elissa and her mother Sarah move into the house next door to where this massacre happened. There is a single survivor, a young man named Ryan, still living in the house. Elissa begins a relationship, maybe her first love, with this kid. But it turns out there’s an underlying evil within this town.”
Although this taut psychological thriller is full of the kinds of twists and surprises that keep audiences on the edge of their seats, House at the End of the Street is a character-driven film, says the producer. “One of the things I like about this movie and these characters is that no one is stereotypical,” says Ryder. “You don’t have the stereotypical mother-daughter relationship. Elissa is actually a bit more responsible than Sarah. Ryan is dark and mysterious, but also very vulnerable and really attractive. You can see why a young girl would be attracted to him.”
House at the End of the Street
Directed by: Mark Tonderai
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Nolan Gerard Funk, Gil Bellows, Eva Link, Jordan Hayes, Allie MacDonald, Krista Bridges
Screenplay by: David Loucka, Jonathan Mostow
Production Design by: Lisa Soper
Cinematography by: Miroslaw Baszak
Film Editing by: Steve Mirkovich, Karen Porter
Costume Design by: Jennifer Stroud
Set Decoration by: Garren Dunbar
Art Direction by: Shane Boucher
Music by: Theo Green
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: September 21st, 2012