There’s something about Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming super scary-looking horror flick House at the End of the Street that has us more nervous than sitting ringside at a Hunger Games bloodbath. The movie, made before JLaw became a superstar but only being released September 21, shows that she was capable of delivering a powerful performance even then. In fact, House’s director, Mark Tonderai, opened up with MTV.com on what it was like to work with the girl on fire before she suited up as Katniss.

Mark gushed about Jennifer:

I knew she was special. And I knew it when we auditioned her. It was probably the last audition that she's ever done. [Laughs] She came in and read for me, and just the way she read the words ... actors don't always have time to read the whole screenplay, they just read the sides. And I remember thinking, ‘Jesus, she's just read this, right off the page, and it's going right through me.’ I said to her that she can be as good as she wants to be. In my mind, she can be this generation's Meryl Streep. I seriously think she's that good. She's an incredible actress.

This generation’s Meryl Streep, huh? Meryl’s been a Hollywood powerhouse for over 30 years, and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations — 17! Though maybe it’s not so farfetched. Based on JLaw’s critically-acclaimed juggernaut career so far — and on her slight physical resemblance to Meryl, maybe? Sort of? Kind of? Let’s just hope she avoids Mamma Mia 2.

House at the End of the Street opens in theaters on September 21.

Source: MTV.com

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