From Norman Bates to Freddy Krueger, every great horror movie needs a really grim and grody villain to propel its story forward—and to keep the female cast members shrieking in terror for all 120 minutes of screen time. And in this cool behind-the-scenes look at “House at the End of the Street” (out on DVD and Blu-ray today), newly minted scream queen Jennifer Lawrence has nothing but compliments for the man who terrorized her on-screen.
“Max is a really great actor,” she said—referring, of course, to one-time Hump Day Hottie Max Thieriot, who plays the role of the mysterious neighbor who may or may not be hiding some dark-and-dirty secrets in the basement beneath his house. In fact, according to Jennifer, her co-star’s talents run so deep as to be a bit creepy: “He can just turn on and off, and it’s very strange to watch the light in his eyes kind of get dark the instant [the director] calls ’Action.'”
Chilling! But, says Jennifer, it made her role as the perpetually frightened Elissa a whole lot easier: “It doesn’t feel like acting with Max,” she admitted, “and it’s very strange and scary.”
And speaking of strange and scary, if you want a peek into the madness behind Max’s performance, watch all the way through to hear the actor’s description of how he researched the role—and the men he looked to for inspiration. (You might want to lock the doors and turn on all the lights first.)
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