Every young hot leading lady needs to do a horror flick at some point in her career – it’s a Tinseltown requirement apparently – and The House at the End of the Street is Jennifer Lawrence’s. Of course it’s not exactly what it seems shying away from bloody vicious gimmicks and opting for a more psychological brand of horror.
Lawrence is an actress who doesn’t exactly jump for the easy grabs. Even the Hunger Games which was born out of a giant literary franchise isn’t your typical starlet fare. And for the typical young-actress-in-a-cheesy-horror-flick move House is a step above. But despite Lawrence’s solid performance and the film’s attempt to really dig at the complicated psyche of a young girl who falls in love with a (potential) psycho it still winds up being just another horror movie.
The film spends most of its time establishing the cutesy love story between Lawrence’s Alyssa and her boyfriend/enemy Ryan — and an exorbitant amount of time letting the pair make-out like the horny teenagers they’re supposed to be — and only a sliver of the plot actually allows Lawrence’s character to wrestle with her emotions. It’s there but it’s gone in a flash wasting the talents the film has in its corner.
Still for those looking for a schlocky horror film to gobble up on a Friday night House at the End of the Street will certainly do the trick.
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The MPAA announced today that its Classification and Rating Appeals Board has chosen to uphold the "R" rating bestowed upon Dream House, a mystery-thriller starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts that is due in theaters on September 30, 2011. The film, which was written by David Loucka and directed by Jim Sheridan (Get Rich or Die Tryin'), centers on a family that moves into a seemingly perfect New England home, only to discover that it was the site of a gruesome crime committed against its previous occupants. According to The Wrap, it was a few scenes with "some violence" that gave the board members pause. It's unclear exactly what the definition of "some violence" is, but it apparently does not include people being vaporized wholesale.
Source: The Wrap
Paramount is moving ahead with a new installment of horror thriller franchise The Ring -- this time in 3D.
The Heat Vision blog reports that the third entry based on the Japanese horror films, Ring 3D, has David Loucka in to write the script. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are in negotiations to return as producers.
Vertigo and Benderspink are executive producing. The original English-language film was a remake of the 1998 Japanese film. It starred Naomi Watts and was directed by a pre-Pirates of the Caribbean Gore Verbinski.
Ring is one of the titles left behind during the Paramount-DreamWorks split and was thought to have been inactive, says HV.
The new film is being given a teen-centric lilt and, though the logline is being kept under wraps, HV says the aim is to reinvent the franchise.