The House Across the Street : Release Year - 2013

Overall Rating : 2/10

Directed By : Arthur Luhn

Ethan Embry ("Grace and Frankie" (Netflix) )
Eric Roberts (The Expendables)
Jessica Sonneborn (Dorothy and the Witches of Oz)
Alex Rocco (The Godfather)

Supplied By : Level 33 Entertainment

Film Reviewed By : Rick L. Blalock

Date Reviewed : May. 29, 2015


When Amy moves into a new apartment, she notices strange things happening at THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET. Always a curious girl, Amy is compelled to investigate further. The more she finds out, the closer she gets to the center of a horrific conspiracy that threatens to tear apart her new town and destroy the lives of its people.
In the film THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET, Amy is a young woman who has just moved to Massachusetts from Kansas, after what seems to be a separation from her boyfriend Joey. The neighborhood which Amy has just moved into seems very quiet initially. However, when a strange woman is hit by a car via hit-and-run, a short time after shouting something regarding her daughter to the persons occupying the house across the street, things begin to look a little strange. It is at this point that Amy's curiosity is piqued, to the point that she cannot help but to wonder what may be happening inside the house. Keeping a watchful eye outside her window, she begins to witness sights that are even for more puzzling. To possibly gain a clue about what is going on, she begins to question people. She asks neighbors, as well as the local Police Officer, Peterson, but it seems as though everyone is sworn to secrecy. When common questioning lends no aid to Amy, she of course, sets out to do things on her own, setting in motion a personal investigation. She eventually learns that it's a small town and everyone knows one another, but most importantly, it's also a town which harbors a terrible secret, one that takes residence in the house across the street.

Writer/Director Arthur Luhn presents THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET, a film that is unfortunately, not as great as my description above makes it seem. The film actually does have a rather interesting premise, as it is essentially, Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW, meets Lynch's "Twin Peaks". The film's central character Amy is surrounded by a strangely uber-quiet neighborhood, and it doesn't take long for her to realize that her neighbors are just as strange. It is through these neighbors that she learns that a girl named "Daisy" has recently went missing, however, the story ends there, as it appears that everyone asked about it fears to elaborate. This seems awkward to Amy, who stays close to her bedroom window, which gives her a clear view of the house directly across the street. And it is through the window that she becomes a witness of some pretty weird stuff. Starting at nightfall, various men are seen routinely coming in and out of the house, one of whom is Officer Peterson. And that's not all, one of them is seen carrying what appears to be a body.

THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET has the usual setup of just about every "crazy town" story. Initially, it takes its time to introduce the audience to a number of characters, each one seemingly stranger than the last, each possessing a little quirk, as to say to the viewer - "It could be me". The character depictions here aren't bad, it's just that the film tends to just drag slowly. And in addition to this, the film's main character becomes even more uninteresting by the film's midway point(not to mention that she isn't that interesting to begin with). While watching the film, at one point, I began to question the character's motives. Just why is it that Amy is so damn obsessed about what is going on across the street? And why would any one care? Near the end of the film, we are given an answer, however, it was when I began asking myself those questions that, I myself began to stop caring. There's the whole personal investigation thing. We watch as Amy writes down license plate numbers, and then there's the duct taping her cellphone to a car, in order to track it by GPS. We even learn that Amy has been prescribed anti psychotic meds to control her Bipolar fueled temper that eventually shows up several times in the film. But unfortunately, it's all just a little boring. THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET has its moments, however, they are few and far between. The film is uneven, which is what also could be said of the film's acting. The film features several veterans; Eric Roberts(Officer Peterson"), Ethan Embry("Tom"), Alex Rocco("Mr. Barnes"), and Courtney Gains("Ned"), who all give decent performances for the script in which they were given. However the performances by the lesser experienced actors are pretty sub par. This is of course most notable with Jessica Sonneborn's performance as Amy. Amy is the film's primary character, however the script doesn't make much way for any kind of personality for her. She's bland. So at times, Sonneborn over-acts, which I suppose is due to an attempt to try to have the character make a connection with the viewer. In the end it never works. The film as a whole is just poorly executed, making for a film that fails to retain the viewer's attention.
1.5/10 A few gunshot wounds, along with one other instance of blood.
4/10 The film features an ominous suspense score, as well as a few indie Rock tracks.
Given the plot, THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET had the potential to be a decent enough film, however, in my opinion, it just isn't that great. While the plot of the film seems to have been inspired, the rest of the film leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, poor execution leads to a film that is as bland as its main character.


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