Compelled to escape a troubled past and start anew, Amy moves to a small town in Massachusetts. She thinks she's found the perfect refuge within a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. However, it's not long before she realises that not everything is as it seems... especially at the house across the street. Her first day in her new home she seemingly witnesses a hit and run outside the house; a hit and run that is deftly swept under the rug by the police. Warned away from prying further by the locals and stalked by a man in a black car, Amy teams up with rookie police officer Kyle Thaxter to find out what's going on. The further Amy digs the more she puts herself in danger but she just can't let it go. She's about to realise that what you don't know can't hurt you but what you do know might kill you.
- The House Across the Street review by NP
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Amy is irritated by her boyfriend and his offers of help, Amy is angered by the police, Amy is bored by the estate agent, Amy is annoyed at the local chemist. Amy spends such a lot of the time being intolerant of those around her, it is very difficult to care about her plight during the course of this story, especially as the story is not hugely gripping anyway.
As the film rolls on, we realise why Amy has a particularly good reason to be angry at the world, but we spend the majority of the story getting to this point, by which time, I had certainly lost interest in her.
Of the rest of the cast, Eric Roberts is the most familiar face. Known for adopting a slightly tongue-in-cheek approach to his roles, there’s no dramatic change in evidence here. He is probably the most entertaining character, with his dry delivery as Officer Peterson bringing the character more life than is written.
What appealed to me about this film was the idea of horrors dwelling beneath the surface of a sunny, respectable suburban setting. Whilst ideas and characters are touched upon in a mildly effective way, there is nothing here to sustain the entire running time, and whilst I often enjoy films that tell a story in a slowly building way, there isn’t even a memorable pay-off at the end.