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House at the End of the Street
Jennifer Lawrence stars as the new girl in town whose life in thrown into jeopardy when a romance with the boy next door—whose missing sister brutally slaughtered his parents—turns into a potentially fatal attraction. Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot co-star; Mark Tonderai directs.
The House At the End of the Street reminds us horror can live right next door. The illusion of idyllic small-town life is shattered in each of the three frightening flicks below, thanks to murderous undead kids, psychotic patriarchs, and a memento-snatching monster.
Pet Sematary (1989) In Stephen King's tale of fatherly devotion gone horribly wrong, the Creed family is happy with their new home…though the neighbors seem sort of obsessed with the local pet cemetery—rumored to bring back the dead buried in it—and that nearby highway does attract some recklessly fast-moving traffic. But loving dad Louis ignores warnings of both, until his young son is killed by a speeding truck. Blinded by grief, he buries his little boy in the cursed ground, but the weird neighbor is right: "Sometimes dead is better."
The Woman (2011) This is that horror feature that caused major controversy at Sundance last year wherein one audience member attempted a coup at the Q&A. What's all the fuss about? Well, writer-director Lucky McKee's very violent and deeply disturbing film centers on the struggle of a seemingly happy-go-lucky family man who captures a feral woman he spotted hunting, drags her home, and demands his wife and children to help him "civilize" her. Is it misogynistic, feminist or something in between? You make the call. But be warned: this is not for the faint of heart.
Super 8 (2011) For something less spooky and more sweet, check out J.J. Abrams' ode to all things Amblin. This family-friendly but freaky feature is set in a small town where some precocious kids are shooting their own movie when they accidentally capture a train wreck and a massive monster with their camera. As all hell breaks loose around them, they take advantage of the increased military presence to give their film added "production value"…until the monster starts running off with their cast and crew. Then it needs to be stopped! Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler star.
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