Plot: 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.
Review: Let me start off by saying, this is more of a psychological thriller than a horror film. Do not attend this movie expecting a horrific bloodbath, because you will be disappointed. However, if you enjoy plot twists and movies that make you think, this will be a treat for you. The movie opens with a sequence of a young child killing their parents, and then we jump to several years later. A teenage girl named Elissa played by Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) moves into a new house (sort of in the middle of no where) with her mother Sarah played by Elisabeth Shue (Piranha, Hollow Man). The house is gorgeous and very spacious, almost secluded from everything, until they notice the one lonely house at the end of the street. The mother and daughter learn that two parents were killed by their daughter in that house, and are very puzzled once they discover the son of those parents is still living in that house. The now 19 year old Ryan who is living at that house, played by Max Thieriot (My Soul to Take, The Pacifier), takes a liking to Elissa and they start spending time together. However, Ryan has a very dark secret that nobody knows. He keeps his younger sister Carrie Ann locked inside of a room in the basement of the house. Townsfolk believe that she is dead, but that’s not the case. As the movie goes on, more secrets keep being recovered and Elissa starts to grow suspicious of Ryan’s actions, plus more. My attention was held throughout the entire film, and I jumped quite a few times. It was quite honestly, one of the best thriller films that I’ve seen in a long time. Jennifer Lawrence gives a fierce performance as the damsel in distress in this one, and Max Thieriot as the mysterious teen with a dark secret delivers superb acting. In conclusion, this movie impressed me very much. Now, I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending revelation will shock you.
Overall Rating: 1.1/10