A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.
Release Year: 2012
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot
Storyline Newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa 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.
Writers: David Loucka, Jonathan Mostow
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence
Nolan Gerard Funk
Penn State Carrie Anne
Fear reaches out... for the girl next door.
Release Date: 21 September 2012
Filming Locations: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Did You Know?
The project was originally announced in 2003 with Jonathan Mostow directing and Richard Kelly scripting.
It's not what you thought.
Don't judge this movie before you see it! Or you are making the same
mistake early mentions of Cabin In The Woods made, 'another teen horror
remake', etc. Its title works when you understand that the film is not
what it seems.
I got tickets from 'gofobo' to see this with my girlfriend, right after
the film had been finished in December last year, and it was some kind
of test screening, where we had to answer some questions at the end. It
was quite a bit better than I thought it was going to be, my girlfriend
loved it, and at the time neither of us had heard of Jennifer Lawrence.
Now it took us a while to get to see The Hunger Games, but we finally
saw it last week, there are quite a few strange similarities to House
At the End of the Street. This week I saw the trailer for House At..
(ok HATES from now on, its quicker!). We were told at the screening it
was coming out April, but I guess they moved it so it didn't come out
when Hunger Games was still in cinemas? Or maybe that would have been
good to release it now! It's an interesting film, and I will probably
go see it again... something I don't do for most films. If I do it's
because I want to figure out some stuff that happens at the start and
see how it affects the film when you know what it was all about...
The trailer makes it out to be a haunted house type horror- but there's
a good reason. It's reversed-thing (not a feature of the movie) is also
saying something important- to figure this movie out, (it is a puzzle
that you have to solve), you need to pay attention at the start of the
film! I got on IMDb and I see how lots of people think it's a
tit-jigglin' dumb teen horror with a bad title. Now, while this isn't
Cabin In The Woods, in that its not a hipster horror-comedy, it is
doing something clever by using a dumb generic title... then if you see
it thinking, aw I know what this is, you will be wrong, and pleasantly
surprised! HATES has the same effect, but not in a crazy Cabin way. But
someone writing 'Cabin in the Woods' off because it sounds like a
remake of Cabin Fever and Don't Go In the Woods, is making the same
mistake as all the people saying "Last House at The End of Dead End
Street"... couldn't they think up a better title? Just like Cabin, it's
using your prejudice to trick you into thinking you know the rules, but
if I say more, I'll ruin it. And no, it's not something insane like
Cabin! I've seen a lot of people saying, it must be a cheap horror
cashing in on Jennifer's sudden fame. But from what I can see, now I
know who she is, she's a super-talented actress who chooses her films
with care. X-Men would definitely be the most suspect choice so far.
This isn't some cheap'n'nasty horror she made before Winters Bone
that's been cut down to a PG-13 as some 'haters' have moaned. In the
way it looks and feels, it is quite European (British director- and a
Producer who made Memento and Donnie Darko) - I also thought that of
Hunger Games.. it was somewhere between art-house drama and
blockbuster. This is similar, and while Hunger Games was supposed to be
a Sci-Fi, and HATES is supposed to be a Horror, neither of them is
either of those things. They are both great dramas about survival and
choices... who you fall in love with, whose advice you should take...
In some ways they are so similar it might draw shouts from Hunger Games
fans... both films feature a threat in the woods so I bet there will be
moments where people are shouting "Katniss! Use your bow!" But in other
ways HATES was very different- it has a real twist or two that keep you
puzzling about who is who, why things are happening- so its a thriller
in that sense.
Hunger Games is maybe a superior film and has more scale, adventure and
budget to play with, but if you liked the tone of HG you will like
HATES. Both are scary but not unpleasant, both are held together by
gripping, tough performances from Jennifer Lawrence, both actually have
something to say and think about after the movie finishes.