Is Elisabeth Shue staging a mainstream comeback? Before catching her cameo in the curiously enjoyable Hamlet 2, I hadn't seen her since 2000's Hollow Man. Actually, there was also Gracie, which wasn't half bad, but went unnoticed earning only $3.8 million worldwide on a $9 million budget. Anyway, Shue is back and not just in the little indie like Don McKay way. Not only does she star in the film that could end the summer season with a bang, Piranha 3D, but she's also got Waking Madison, Janie Jones and now, according to THR, House at the End of the Street on the way.

Last month we found out that Jennifer Lawrence and Max Thieriot are starring in FilmNation Entertainment and A Bigger Boat's horror thriller. House at the End of the Street will feature Lawrence as a teen who moves to a new town with her mother (Shue). Upon arriving, they find out that their new home is right across the street from one in which a double murder took place. Things get twisted when Lawrence's character gets friendly with the incident's only survivor, Thieriot's character.

The subject matter of Shue's upcoming projects are all vastly different – man eating Piranhas, multiple personality disorder, a rock band groupie's daughter and something Psycho-esque – but all of them have one thing in common, they'll appeal more to younger audiences. Of course they're not only for a particular age group, but it's quite obvious that most theaters showing horror flicks are packed with thrill-seeking youths. And as for Waking Madison and Janie Jones, they've got some top-notch young stars on their roster. Waking Madison's got the fast-rising Sarah Roemer and Imogen Poots while Janie Jones will rest on Abigail Breslin's shoulders.

Regardless of these other projects, I've got my fingers crossed Piranha 3D wins big and really puts Shue back on the map. Based on the promotional material, that one is looking to be just a fun and bloody way to close out the season, and who would have a problem with that? As for House at the End of the Street, the fact that it's being toted as the project that "hopes to be to Psycho what Disturbia was to Rear Window" could be a major plus. It's not up to par with Rear Window, but Disturbia is undeniably tense and enjoyable. If House at the End of the Street is going to find similar success, it's going to come from Lawrence and if she delivers, Shue can ride the wave to another hit.
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical