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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The House Across The Street'
(Ethan Embry, Jessica Sonneborn, Eric Roberts, Alex Rocco, Courtney Gains, et al / DVD / Not Rated / 2013 (2015) / Level 33 Entertainment)

Overview: 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.

DVD Verdict: Going into 'The House Across The Street,' not to be confused with the 'The House At The End of The Street,' 'The House of The Devil,' 'The House at the End of Time,' or even 'House Bunny' (different houses all together), I kinda knew beforehand that I was going to presented with an unoriginal plot. Most likely some cheesy to bad acting, and a script better off on paper than the small screen. But, all that said, and yes, 'The House Across The Street' does contain elements of all those aforementioned things, sure, but it also contains some rather brilliant moments of acting - especially from the one, the only, Eric Roberts.

I mean, the plot itself ie: there's something mysterious happening in the house across the street is hardly original. We've definitely seen and been there before, in everything from books, big time horror movies, to small screen made-for-TV flicks, but this one is made a tad bit more cohesive by lead actress Jessica Sonneborn's overall performance. This has got to be her go-to acting job on her resume, one imagines, as she leads the rag tag cast - save for Roberts, who simply hams it up along the way for personal yucks - down dark alleys of the mind; let alone across the street!

The back cover art of the DVD proclaims, through a journalistic tag line, that 'The House Across The Street' is "a twisty noir thriller," but it's not. Nowhere close, but whilst there are definitely no career defining performances on display, Sonneborn's role as "Amy" - a severely depressed and angry young lady - is mesmerizing to watch unfold; or, perhaps, unravel is the better word here.

In conclusion, what 'The House Across The Street' does best is breed a new awareness in you (if you watch it through to the very end) ie: Do you really know what's going on around you? What happens behind closed doors? Are your neighbors who they really claim to be? Is there anything else better on TV tonight to watch instead of this movie, etc.? The latter answer is no, so long as it's a late night, no-school-tomorrow day, and it's raining outside, and you are ready to give the movie a solid and attentive run for its money! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2:35.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Teaser Trailer
Extended Trailer
Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

Official Teaser Trailer

DVD Purchase Link