Thoughts On The Resident (2011)

For a movie mentioning Christopher Lee and “relentless horror” in its blurb The Resident sets the bar high with a lot to deliver. While the “relentless horror” was more “disturbing creepiness” than anything else it did create a sense of unease and kept me watching with morbid curiosity right until the credits rolled.

For those who haven’t seen it or its trailer it follows the story of ER doctor Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) and her search for a new place to live following her separation from her cheating husband. After being shown a dismally tiny apartment, by what I presume is a real estate agent, Juliet is fortunate enough to be offered a very spacious and surprisingly cheap apartment by the rather cute and charmingly awkward landlord Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Ignoring the old adage “if it’s too good to be true…” Juliet jumps at the chance to move in and, with a landlord like Max, who wouldn’t? On the surface everything seems to be working out for Juliet with her new place starting to feel like home and her adorable landlord proving to be a very helpful handyman and friend. But, as with most thriller themed movies, all is not what it seems and things start becoming unsettling bit by bit. [SPOILERS] Continue reading