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Sunday, September 23, 2012

House at the End of the Street ending explained

House at the End of the Street is a psychological horror movie screening in theaters now. Jennifer Lawrence plays a 17-year-old high school girl who gets involved with a victim of a double murder. House at the End of the Street ending is so fast paced that moviegoers need time to digest the information.

Movie endings with psychological themes create confusion. Thus, the movie ending begins many discussions on how to understand various events that shape the plot. House at the End of the Street is one of those movies that require further explanation to elaborate on the ending. If you haven't watched the movie yet, beware we will reveal the ending spoilers.


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House at the End of the Street ending is intense. Ryan is revealed as the murderer. He kills his parents to repay them for punishing him. Ryan's sister Carrie Anne accidentally died on a swing set.  

Ryan's parents punished him, forcing the young boy to replace his deceased sister Carrie Anne. The mother dressed up Ryan in Carrie Anne's clothing. She made him grow his hair out like a girl.  

The mental abuse influenced Ryan to murder his parents. He refused to accept his parents psychological tricks. Furthermore, the mother was obviously a drug addict. She appeared high after shooting up heroin.

Ryan accidentally pushed Carrie Anne too high. She fell backwards, smashing her head against the ground. He never forgave himself. He believed his actions caused Carrie Anne's death.

In the basement, Ryan tells Elissa that he wants her, but needs Carrie Anne more. Essentially, Ryan is kidnapping various women to dress up like his sister Carrie Anne. It appears he is suffering from PTSD and some Axis II mental disorders. 

Ryan puts blue contacts into the girl's eyes to make them appear as Carrie Anne. His parents attempted gender reversal to raise Ryan as Carrie Anne. We finally realize the reason Ryan butchers his parents because he had enough of their dress up games, mental torture and regrets. 

Ryan survived the gunshot wounds and head trauma. Elissa discovers the tree is just a tree. There is no smiley face or secrets ingrained in the tree. Ryan used his charm to deceive women. He lured them into his underground dungeon. They tried to escape his psychotic actions. 

Ryan sits inside a dark room at a mental institution. He imagines his childhood. In the flashback scene, Ryan is sitting at a table dressed up as a girl. His mother serves him a cake. She refers to him as Carrie Anne. Ryan rebells to say that I'm Ryan. The mother grows angry, yelling at Ryan and slapping him. She says shut up, you're Carrie Anne. Of course, the slap reinforces that he is Carrie Anne. 

Ryan knows his real identity. He murders his parents to end their sick game. The damage is done, as Ryan developed psychological issues that make him believe he must have Carrie Anne with him at al times. He kidnaps local girls to act as Carrie Anne. We Ryan become emotional after the first Carrie Anne dies. 

Ryan replaces the deceased girl with the Penn State college student. He murders the girl, and then stuffs her in the car trunk. Ryan uses blue contact lenses on the girls who don't have blue eyes. The blue eyes help him to connect with Carrie Anne. Carrie Anne is dead. She died on the swing set. Ryan's parents buried the young Carrie Anne in a shallow grave.  

In the years to follow, the town probably assumed Carrie Anne was alive while Ryan went off to stay with his relatives. Meanwhile, Carrie Anne murders her parents for no apparent reason. We learn that Ryan is psychologically broken. His psychological trauma is indefinite. 

If Elissa didn't shoot Ryan, she would've been taken into the basement to become the next Carrie Anne. Elissa discovers the dead the Penn State college student in the car trunk. House at the End of the Street ending resembles the Sleepaway Camp ending. Do a Google search for Sleepaway Camp ending.

House at the End of the Street is a psychological horror thriller with a twist. The last flashback conveys the twist that Ryan assumed Carrie Anne's role. His mother smacked and yelled at home. Ryan suffered mental and physical torture as a child. Ryan had enough with living as Carrie Anne, so he butchered his parents to escape their reverse gender games. 

It is too late for Ryan. The initial trauma of losing his sister and enduring his punishment influenced his mind. Ryan chooses to find a Carrie Anne stand-in to connect back to his childhood. Before Carrie Anne died, Ryan lived a normal life.

The mother was obviously a heroin addict who blamed Ryan for his sister's death. Moreover, the father buried Carrie Anne in a shallow dirt grave without showing any remorse. Ryan will remain in the mental institute as long as he lives, as his psychological trauma is too severe to treat. He resembles the psychotic girl in Orphan. 

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37 comments:

  1. why on earth did the father bury carrie ann in the yard instead of just reporting it?..there was no foul play so that doesn't make sense. I enjoyed the movie but tis loose end should've been explained.

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    1. Hi,

      In the movie ending, we see Ryan explain that Carrie Anne died. We see her fall off the swing. At that time, the mother was shooting up on drugs. Maybe the father was taking drugs too.

      Ryan's parents probably assumed they would go to jail for the Carrie Anne's death. I know for sure the mother was using drugs. The father buried his daughter's body to cover up what had happened. The mother psychology and physically tortured Ryan for his sister's accidental death.

      Hope that explains the reason they didn't report the death. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. The girl who was "Carrie Anne" (that tried escaped by getting the key with a piece of cardboard), why did she run to Elissa's house instead of running to the police station or something like that?

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    1. @Alex and Ruba,

      The girl referred to as the first Carrie Anne didn't run to the police because she would need to travel too far. She took a risk to alert Elissa rather than go on a dangerous journey to the police station. She was also under medication.

      The police station is located in town, so she would need to travel a long distance. Chances are this would be her last opportunity to get free from Ryan, who is obviously psychologically damaged.

      HOpe this answers your question. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. What about that when first Carrie Anne run with a knife to those couple in the car?

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    1. Maybe the girl carried a knife for her own self protection against Ryan. that's why she screamed and screamed after Ryan caught her. (:

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    2. Fake Carrie Anne probably ran up to them in fear. She wanted to escape so badly that she approached the couple with a knife to alert them. This fake Carrie Anne attempted to escape, knowing she could possibly elude psychotic Ryan. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Was the cop implicated because he was doing drugs with the parents? Is this what they were trying to develop?

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    1. The cop basically watched over Ryan. He probably knew the truth about his abuse. I don't really see any emerging subplots that identify the cop as hiding the truth.

      I watched the movie once. If you have time, please let us know the scenes that convey the connection between the Cop and Ryan's parents. Thanks for commenting.

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    2. I believe the cop was doing drugs and possibly supplying them to the mother because there was a scene that showed the mother laying down next to the cop after getting high. I believe the cop then convinced the father to bury his daughter because he was also addicted to drugs or to protect his family and by doing this the cop insured that he wouldn't get in trouble for drug use. Before killing the cop, Ryan yells at him and basically says that it was all his fault. I believe the cop was never really looking out for Ryan, but for himself by making sure Ryan didn't tell anyone about the cop giving his parents drugs or telling them to bury Carrie Ann.

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  5. I dont see how the ending could be considered a twist at all....

    Everything is exactly the same (considering we knew he killed his parents half way through the movie) except we learn he suffered maybe slightly more emotional trauma then we originally thought but that in no way added to him being any more crazy.... I think the movie would have been better without the end seen, or at least plotted into the movie a bit better

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    1. The twist is minor, albeit it is there to show us how Ryan becomes psychotic. It is the same twist we see in Sleepaway Camp. However, Sleepaway Camp concealed the twist until the shocking ending.

      Dream House and House at the end of the Street give away the twist in the midpoint. We still don't know the full motivation of Ryan's actions.

      We learn Ryan wants Carrie Anne more than Elisse. His need to have Carrie Anne is thus the breaking point between being psychotic and normal. We assume Ryan died in the garage. The last scene explains the source of Ryan's psychotic tendencies.

      Since the movie is based on a book, the writers may have avoided creating a major twist that shocks us all. What if Elisse is revealed as Carrie Anne? That would be a total shocker. Thereforce, Ryan would have murdered his parents and developed a psychotic disorder all for nothing.

      What if Ryan wasn't crazy in the end like Primal Fear? There are many ways to twist the movie. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Hi,

    I'm confused. Didn't Ryan stab Elissa's mom in the stomach? How in the world was she up a few minutes later like nothing had happened?

    And didn't Ryan get shot in the chest? I thought he had died, too.

    Thank you for the review, very well written.

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    1. I believe they capture more of movie fantasy than reality. In most movies, people would die. Nevertheless, maybe Ryan missed vital organs so the mom didn't bleed to death.

      As for Ryan, the screenwriter, book author and the director make him out to be invisible. Maybe we assume Ryan is shot in the chest. He probably has a bulletproof vest, the one he probably took from the cop.

      The movie makes it a habit to trick us. We end up questioning the meaning. Thanks for commenting. Good questions.

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  7. Why didn't the "Carrie-Ann's" talk? Like they moan.

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    1. The Carrie-Annes' are likely drugged out. We see Ryan injecting meds into the Penn St. college girl. Whatever contents are inside the syringe, they are powerful enough to sedate the Carrie-Annes'.

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    2. I'd guess that since Ryan took care of them by feeding them the drug wasn't a once in a while thing since I'm sure they fought like hell any chance they got. The drug was probably in their system constantly or very close to that. Sedatives are hardest on the resipiratory system, that mixed with the probably constant screaming is most likely the reason they couldn't talk.

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  8. if Carrie-Anne is Ryan,why did she try to escape and kill Ellisa?

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    1. ***Spoiler Alert***


      Carrie-Anne died as a young girl. She fell off the swing set. Ryan's father buried her in the woods. After this accident occurred, Ryan's mother made him dress up like Carrie-Anne.

      During this psychological torture and abuse, Ryan eventually snapped and murdered his parents. The Carrie-Anne we see in the present is some random girl that Ryan kidnapped. Ryan still suffers from psychological issues associated with his childhood.

      The fake Carrie-Anne was trying to warn Elissa os Ryan and to escape captivity. Under medication, she struggled with her balance and state of being. The drugs likely altered her mind and slowed her down.

      Ryan only played Carrie-Anne as a child, where his parents forced him to replace his dead sister.

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  9. and if carrie ann was dead,who killed the parents....how could it be ryan?

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    1. Ryan killed his parents while dressed up as Carrie-Anne. His parents forced him to become Carrie-Anne as a punishment for allowing her to die. Even though Carrie-Anne's death was an accident, the drug-induced parents acted irresponsibly to punish their son.

      Ryan had to live as Carrie-Anne, where most of the town's people assumed Ryan left to visit relatives. Nobody questioned Carrie-Anne's whereabouts after the murder, which is obviously a plot point left out.

      Ryan killed his parents. He lived as Carrie-Anne. Nobody knew about Carrie-Anne's death. The parents never reported the death to the proper authorities. Therefore, it was easy to say that Ryan was sent off to relatives and that Carrie-Anne murdered the parents.

      The entire movie is focused on Ryan's childhood struggle of losing his sister. He has to kidnap women to stand-in as Carrie-Anne. It is a cycle that repeats itself. Once a fake Carrie is killed off, then another girl replaces her. We see this evidence once the Penn St. stunt is kidnapped and Elissa finds her student I.D.

      The blue contacts are a dead giveaway. The girl has brown eyes. There are other clues such as feminine products, as well.

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  10. at the starting of the movie,someone in the woods was watching elissa..Who was that...

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    1. Maybe Ryan was watching Elissa. He's probably enjoyed taking part in voyeurism. This sets the plot tone, revealing to us how Ryan preys on his Carrie-Anne replacements. Thanks.

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  11. In the movie, the police officer, Bill, was somehow linked to what happen to the traumatic incident of Ryan when he was young. Thus he was stabbed a couple of times more than everyone else, doesn't it sound fishy? Bill was there when Ryan's dad buried Carrie Anne. Why didn't he do anything nor stop Ryan's mum from taking drug?

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    1. Maybe there is more than meets the eye. What role does Bill play in Ryan's early life? Why is he protecting Ryan? Or is Bill protecting himself from getting exposed?

      The plot delves more into Ryan's trauma rather than Bill's role in the Carrie-Anne coverup. If Bill was not worried about Ryan, then why would he investigate the cell phone and enter the home with his gun? Bill always protected Ryan. Nonetheless, Bill is also afraid of Ryan.

      Why would the officer not stop Ryan's mom from taking drugs? Because Bill probably knew Ryan was better off without his parents than with them. The classic case of allowing things to fall into their rightful place is the motivating factor. As a result, the deadbeat parents are getting what they deserve - bad karma. It is no surprise Ryan would execute them.

      Maybe Ryan was mad at anyone who knew about his Carrie-Anne experience. It is humiliating and degrading. Whereas Bill could have helped, maybe he turned the other way. Ryan viewed this as possible abandonment. Ryan took it upon himself to eliminate his parents. Once Elissa got involved in his secret Carrie-Anne secret, then he became even more dangerous.

      Thanks for the comment. Good questions.

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  12. What was his point in keeping the girls hostage???

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    1. Ryan probably experienced a psychological break from losing his sister. As a result of the physical and mental abuse that followed, Ryan felt a need to stay connected with Carrie Anne. He transformed the girls into his sister to keep chemically balanced.

      We see psychotic people who act in such a way to keep normal. Mr. Brooks is a movie like The House at the End of the Street. Ryan is unable to cope unless he has Carrie Anne near him, even if the Carrie-Annes' are a recreation of his deceased sister.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  13. Why was elissa staring at that tree at the end?

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    1. In the movie when he shows her the tree I could see a girls face in the crack but when she asks her mom the face is gone so its just showing how she was manipulated her

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  14. @ Naomi

    An example of this scene is like the end of Indecent Proposal. Demi's character looks at the coin and smiles. She does this because she realizes that Robert Redford's character tricked her on the boat. The coin is an important plot point. It is the midpoint or the turning point where the character makes a decision. It happens a few times in a movie.

    Elissa is staring at the tree in disbelief. She realizes Ryan manipulated her, feeling that she was gullible to believe him. It is a moment of reflection to think that she let her guard down for a guy she believes is genuine.

    It's shaking your head at a situation when you couldn't predict a negative outcome. Thanks for commenting.

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  15. Why didn't anyone notice Ryan dressed up as Carri Anne? Was he home school and never seen in public?

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    1. well, his parents grew his hair out and dressed him in carrie-annes clothes so maybe they sent him to school as carrie-anne or maybe, as his parents were drug addicts, he wasn't educated at all.
      hope this helps

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  16. Good point about this plot point. The clue is in the falling action where we see Ryan in a mental institution reflecting back to a past birthday. Ryan was dressed up as Carrie-Anne. The mother sang happy birthday to Ryan as Carrie-Anne. Once Ryan acknowledged he was "Ryan," the mother smacked him and said you are "Carrie-Anne". Lets investigate the plot to find a good explanation.

    Ryan was dressed up like Carrie-Anne as a punishment. His parents wanted to make him suffer for his sister's death. Even though the real Carrie-Anne died on accident, the parents refused to accept this. They were drug addicts that were probably not in their right mind.

    The abuse took place in the home Ryan. Ryan experienced trauma from his sister's death and the abuse of getting smacked around and having to dress up as a Carrie-Anne replacement. He probably learned this action to make other women dress up like he did.

    I doubt Ryan left his home unless he accepted the bullying at school for dressing up like a girl. Your question makes sense that he would have to be home schooled and never seen in public. The parents would be investigated for Ryan not turning in homework. Why would they keep track of Ryan's progress if they were drug-users?

    The ending shows Ryan refused to accept he was Carrie-Anne. He would not go out in public dressed as a girl. The explanation is that he never left his home. He finally buckled under the abuse to murder his parents. I think this plot point is left out to advance the story rather than explore all aspects of his abuse as a child.

    Thanks for commenting.

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  17. Ryan stated that he wanted both carrie ann and ellissa so it implies he had feelings for her but he said that he had to choose between her and carrie and since he didnt want to loose her he had to make her carrie ann but I dont understand why he felt he could only have one of them

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    1. Hi Isabel,

      Ryan claimed that he wanted Elissa and Carrie. However, his desire to have Carrie-Anne was more important to him than Elissa because it seems that his past involvement is her death remains a lingering pain in his mind. It is essentially PTSD as its worst.

      Ryan had to choose between having a fake Carrie-Anne or Elissa. However, he already knew that Elissa was getting close to his secret. She did see that dead college girl in the car. Moreover, she realized that his sister was not really Carrie-Anne; the blue contacts gave this away.

      Ryan couldn't have both Carrie-Anne and Elissa because Elissa would never allow this. She already knew he was a psychotic and unstable individual. The only way to escape this psycho was to eliminate him. Otherwise, Ryan would eventually keep her hostage and then kill her.

      The ship already sailed on keeping their relationship intact. Once Elissa entered Ryan's world, she got closer to his dark past. His parents groomed him to become a psychological disaster. If Ryan returned to normal and began dating Elissa, he would still have that desire within to return back to his childhood days. IMO, it is that same emotional response that forces some PTSD victims to live out their trauma.

      Ryan had to choose. He wanted Elissa to become Carrie-Anne. We know this wouldn't be possible, especially after she discovered the dead girl in his car and that killed his family to seek revenge.

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