When it comes to movies, I will watch anything. When I say anything, I seriously mean anything. It doesn't even have to be good. I love everything about watching movies, be it at the cinema, home, on the computer, wherever. I'm yet to go to a drive-in showing, but for that I might have to get over to the USA. In 1960.
Every week I watch at least five movies. So it goes without saying that a lot of these end with little extra thought about them. But every now and again I catch a film that just strikes a nerve. This week, with a glass of red wine in hand, I had exactly that.
Favourite movie genre? Thriller/horror, and this week I chose The House at the End of the Street. This is what IMDb has to say about it.
When a teenager and her mother move to a little town, the girl finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. But things get complicated when she befriends a boy who is the only survivor in the accident.
Surprisingly it attracted only 5.4 out of ten rating, which by anybody's standards could be better. Maybe overall there were a few plot holes and the atmosphere could have been a bit darker and creepier, but what stood out for me with this movie was not the amount of times it made me jump. It wasn't the way the fog rolled in at night, or the fact that people crept out of televisions. It was the fact that until the very last scene I had absolutely no idea of what was coming. I had picked out a few plot twists along the way, probably thanks to the fact that I currently have my head in a book called Psychology for Writers. But when the last scene played out I genuinely had not expected what came.
To write a script or a book that can in the last moments kick your jaw into your chest, stop your pulse, and make you turn and look at the person next to you with a I-can't-believe-it look on your face is quite a talent. This movie had me thinking about it the next day, wondering what flaw I had missed, and if it could really happen.
I'm not one for spoilers, so I won't tell you this twist that took me by surprise. I have thought about it, and yes, there are a couple of things that could have benefited from a few additions in the movie. But overall this was a great twist, and definitly a movie a thriller or horror fan would enjoy.