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"The Resident" - {Blu-ray}
Wayne Klein
Studio: Hammer/Image
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Rated: R


Original thrillers are in short supply and the bones of the genre have been picked over pretty well over the last forty or so years. "The Resident" doesn't bring anything new to the table recycling the same cliches much as the stalkers menace the characters in these type of films. What makes "The Resident" a bit out of the ordinary is that it is the second major release from the revived Hammer Films once a titan in the horror film genre. The success of "Let Me In" from last year was the first major release that was notable from the studio in decades. "The Resident" is a decent follow up but doesn't really deliver the goods like the remake of "Let Me In" did. ***

Oscar winner Hilary Swank plays Juliet a New York City doctor looking for an apartment. She believes she's found the perfect place in a building owned by Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan of "Supernatural" and "Grey's Anatomy" as well as "Watchmen"). He lives in the building himself of course and cares for his elderly uncle (played by Christopher Lee) and seems like a pretty decent guy before he goes psycho and begins threatening Juliet. ---

Image & Sound:

"The Resident" looks quite nice with a decent looking Blu-ray transfer. Audio sounds quite good with a nice, effective 5.1 mix. ---

Special Features:

With Christopher Lee's return to the Hammer fold you'd expect a featurette on his storied career and the studio. Nope. We get a trailer and that's it.

Final Words:

"The Resident" is deriviative and lacks originality but that doesn't mean it's ineffective. This is a solid little thriller that fans of this type of film will enjoy.


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