HUNGER GAMES star Jennifer Lawrence was almost competing with herself this Spring, but as that blockbuster’s fever began to rise, Relativity saw fit to move her more horror-oriented project, the smaller HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET to a more appropriate autumn home. Still, it only makes sense to get the Mark Tonderai-directed scare story on everyone’s radar at this very moment, and alongside the brand new trailer below, catch some exclusive words with the director about the title’s familiar rhythm, and of course, working with young star Lawrence.
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET sees “newly divorced Sarah (Shue) and her daughter Elissa (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.”
Of course, the film will now benefit from the monster success of THE HUNGER GAMES, but more than that, Lawrence’s involvement seems to be a bit of a vouch. It’s clear the young actress is attracted to resilient and resourceful young ladies (WINTER’S BONE, THE HUNGER GAMES), something horror often has more of than it may get credit for. “Exactly,” the director agrees. “Now I’m talking about something that’s a real bee in my bonnet. It’s better for people to take this film in the way that’s been made, and the way that’s been presented and the actual the final product is, and not go in there with all these misconceptions that we’re exploiting her, because that’s absolute bullshit. This is a film that’s got two female leads in it, and they’re very, very strong, and it revolves around them. It’s a scary film, and it’s a real thrill ride of a film but at its core is this relationship. Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue, both have been nominated for Academy Awards, they’re in the top five percent of acting talent on the planet. They’re not stupid. They’re not going to go and do something they think is beneath them. It’s strange to me, the general conception about this sort of genre. In some ways, it’s way more advanced than what people say. It’s a real frustration for me. I’m hoping people give it the shot that it deserves. I’m glad that we’ve got Jen and she’s a star and people will go to it because of her and say , ‘Fuck, this is a really good film.’ I really want the audience to enjoy it.”