In her pre-“Hunger Games” life, Jennifer Lawrence filmed “House at the End of The Street,” giving her the chance to get her scream queen on. The thriller, which opens Friday (September 21), features the actress falling for a town loner (played by Max Thieriot), before getting super spooked by whatever it is that is happening inside that aforementioned house.
“It’s been a while since we filmed it. We filmed it, I guess, two years ago now, so the anticipation, it’s been killing me for a while,” Thieriot told MTV News.
As the tail-end of September ushers in horror movie season, it seems that Thieriot believes that “House” has a special something that those other creepy flicks don’t.“Well, I think [the movie,] to me, is different than most everything that’s out there in this genre. I think it’s really original and it’s new,” he said. “It’s not a slasher/horror film that’s just trying to show gore and gross people out. It actually has a, you know, a good plot and good storyline behind it all. It also has great characters so that that’s what kind of drew me too. It also just the awesome twists and surprises and everything that happens in the film, it keeps you hanging in there the entire time.”
In fact, fans will be most shocked by the climax of the flick, he explains. “By the end of it all they’re going to be taken back,” he said.
It’s the kind of twist that doesn’t happen in films these days, he said.
“I hate kind of making comparisons like this, but I will, because I think that this film is really original and not like other films, but after we shot it, to me, it felt kind of like a Hitchcock film, like a mix between ‘Rear Window’ and ‘Psycho,’ ” he shared. “But also it has this undertone of like this love story of like an ‘American Beauty.’ It’s different, but I think people will really like it because it is different.”
And while all the frights were left for the film, Thieriot and Lawrence had a grand old time just chilling out offscreen.
“You know it was a lot of fun,” he said. “We had a really good time. She was just like really cool, down-to-earth girl from Kentucky, and it was a lot of fun. Obviously you’re with someone for a few months at a time and we were up in Ottawa, so we definitely spent a lot of time hanging out and getting to know each other.”
The film, which also stars Elizabeth Shue, was directed by Mark Tonderai, who gushed to MTV News about Lawrence’s performance in the film earlier this summer, and even tossed around a comparison to the one and only Meryl Streep.