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Harry is creeped the f'd out by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in THE RESIDENT from Hammer Films!!!

I watched this some time ago in Rehab - and I have been mulling it over for a while.   

You'll probably find a lot of folks that won't like THE RESIDENT, as this is the sort of film that gets under your skin, makes you feel icky and ultimately could reduce your potential to get dates if you say you liked it... much less loved it.   Since I'm married, it's safe for me to admit, I loved THE RESIDENT.

Two days ago it got released in Kuwait, it has had a very limited release thus far in the United States, but is due to hit DVD & Blu-Ray at the end of March - which is a damn shame because this is a very strong thriller.   

First off - it is shot by the wonderful Guillermo Navarro, so the entire film just looks beautiful.   In fact, Hillary Swank has never looked so beautiful.   For you pervs, there is nudity, and Swank is stunning.   Her skin positively glows in this film, but more so...  San Francisco just looks beautiful.   

Second, the score is handled by John Ottman...  a geek fave, who does not also "edit" as he usually does, but his score is top notch.   

Third, Jeffrey Dean Morgan with Christopher Lee as his father are just supremely fucking creepy.   But let me tell you about the film...

Hilary Swank is a young doctor who is looking for a place to live.   This strikes me a bit funny as half of the young hot physical therapists working with me in Rehab are single and looking for a new place to live, she ends up going to Jeffrey Dean Morgan's amazing corner building that has a gorgeous insanely large, too good to be true, flat for rent...   He's charming and sweet.   The rent is entirely reasonable.   She grabs it, and they fast become friends.

Turns out that Hilary Swank's Juliet had a boyfriend that she was seriously in love with, it went bad, but she was desperately hung up on him.   She decides to use Jeffrey Dean Morgan as her rebound boyfriend, and right as it is about to get to the scene that all the women and all the men in the audience want to see...   she, breaks down.   She's still too much in love with her ex.   She just wants to be friends.

Meanwhile...  We, the audience, have been squirming the whole time, because we know that Jeffrey's MAX has rigged the apartment with mirrors that he can watch her through the otherside.  We've seen him masturbate in her bathtub while she's gone.   And we've seen scenes with him and his father, played by Christopher Lee...   which in and of themselves tells us... she should run.

Where the film goes from this point, I will not spoil, but if you're a single woman, afraid of noises in your home, fearful of intruders...  this may not be the best film for your sleep schedule.

Gals with crushes on Jeffrey Dean Morgan.   Avoid.   This will crush your crush.   He's genuinely so damn creepy that you won't be able to think anything, but...  GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME, YOU EVIL FUCKED UP FUCK!   Jeffrey shot for the big green wall in the backfield on this one and nailed it.   He is incredibly messed up.   Where his character goes, what his character does...  it's nightmares man. Makes PACIFIC HEIGHTS look as limp as it was.    

However, if you like disturbing creepy, nightmare inducing ick-outs - Hammer's THE RESIDENT is exactly made to order.   It is sexy & wrong.   Horrifying, suspenseful and has many great jump moments.   But if this isn't your type of film - you'll hate it - it puts terrible unsafe notions into your head.   And if you hate landlords, woo boy, this is a doozy.   Jeffrey Dean is easily the worst landlord ever.   I mean, Norman Bates just ran a rinky dink motel...  but he didn't do what Jeffrey's MAX does.   ICK!

A true Squirm & Squeal.   

HAMMER is 2 for 2 now with this and LET ME IN.    Can't wait to see their next.   They're doing what these films are supposed to do.

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  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry is creeped the f'd out by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in THE RESIDENT from Hammer Films!!!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    If a movie studio makes a movie and nobody sees it, is it watchable?

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    Showing in Kuwait? I can just picture an audience of repressed arab men fiddling in their pants through the whole flick.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Thank goodness for torrents

    by googamooga

    Not that I ever use them or anything...

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Swank nekid???

    by benlinus

    If this is true does it mean that I can...wank to the Swank?! Thank you I'll be here all week...

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Limited U.S. Release then on DVD in March?!

    by Jet Jaguar

    That's weak! This coupled with the fact that "Let Me In" didn't do to well at the Box Office means that the new HAMMER is 0 for 2 in terms of scoring any hits. Harry was either paid handsomely by HAMMER for this glowing review or was drugged out on prescription meds when he saw it. Maybe it is amazing. But when that level of talent gets together and the resulting film is basically relegated to direct-to-DVD, that's usually a sign of a crappy film.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hillary Swank

    by startrek

    Is one ugly dude.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Whaa?

    by JackieJokeman

    Jeffrey shot for the big green wall in the backfield on this one and nailed it. I think I know what you were going for here but you shot an air-ball from center ice.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Just saw in On Demand.....

    by Roffstafarian

    and yeah, he's easily the best part of this one. Even though it's kind of a "by the numbers" thriller it's definitley got some "What the FUCK?" moments in it. Seriously, if you thought he played a bastard in "Watchmen" you ain't seen nothin' yet!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    So it's a remake of BAD RONALD?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Pass.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    San Francisco?

    by bartattack

    Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? I'm pretty sure it's New York...No?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I beg to differ...

    by dmwalker

    Sadly, I thought THE RESIDENT was a rotten movie. I won't spoil it for those who want to check it out anyway, but the central premise is mind-bogglingly unoriginal. The film-makers obviously knew this and have attempted a structural "trick" in the first third, which does serve to jump start your interest. Not for long though, as you begin to realise there'll be no narrative development and, in fact, their "trick" has simply served to obliterate any final shred of tension this hackneyed scenario has left to offer. I'd agree that the photography is sumptuous but then, as Nic Roeg once said, "any c**t can take a pretty picture". Jeffrey Dean Morgan is decent too - I'm still waiting for the guy to get a part in a truly great movie. But Christopher Lee is only in the movie for a few minutes and so unexploited is the potential of his character, one can only assume he's there as a sop to the geeks. I liked LET ME IN, though it was arguably unnecessary, but it brings me no pleasure to say that Hammer's latest deserves its straight to video status. THE RESIDENT should have been trned away at the door.

  • Worst. Sports. Analogy. Ever. This is why film geeks should stay away from sports metaphors. Shot for or swung for? The Big Green Wall or the big green monster? Backfield? or Outfield? Nailed it? or Cleared the fences? What kind of insane mishmosh of poorly concieved ideas is this?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    No really, San Francisco?

    by bartattack

    "San Francisco just looks beautifull..." Yeah, and it looks like Brooklyn.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    HAMMER isn't 2 for 2 now with this and LET ME IN.

    by DonLogan

    Hammer's comeback movie was 'Beyond the Rave'.

  • Morgan swings..it's long drive...it could be.. it is...it's outaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa heeeeeeeeeeeereeee! Homerun Jefferey Dean Morgan! And the Fightin's take a 4-3 lead here in the bottom of the ninth! Miss Harry Kalas. Jesus Harry. You don't have to pretend to like sports.

  • Checkmate.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Just saw LET ME IN last night and it was so unnecessary

    by golden tribw

    It just made me want to watch the original again, which actually did the climactic pool/drowning scene much better than the remake.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Swank

    by dukeroberts

    She looks pretty decent. From the neck down.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Swank

    by Immortal_Fish

    She looks pretty decent. From the neck.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Swank

    by blackwood

    She looks.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Naked Hillary Swank, Music from John Ottman and John Winchester?

    by SmokingRobot

    That puts my ass in a chair right there.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Harry Cred = 0, its a decent but very weak film

    by quantize

    ...i haven't seen Beyond the Rave yet, but Let Me In was an admirable, but completely unnecessary remake..frankly I'm not sure it was as effective as the original film, despite having some great moments. Harry would say whatever bullshit got him in with people, but anyone who's honest knows full well Hammer have a lot to prove before they live up to their name.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    2 for 2? NO... 0.5 for 2

    by quantize

    ..

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    LET ME IN...

    by justmyluck

    ...was great. Too bad it didn't connect - perhaps due to (a) children as the leads and (b) no big names attached. Maybe it will find it's place on home video, because I found it totally engrossing and way above average for 'vampire' horror fare. This reminds me that I still have to see the original.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    justmyluck

    by geoff

    your last statement completely explains the rest of your post!!!!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Not San Fran

    by Heather

    This was shot in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in my 'hood. Movie was creepy- especially the scene where the audience and Swank's character realize just how far JDM will go to possess her- ICK.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Morgan will be Tony Stark in Iron Man 4

    by OutsideChance

    Once Downey bolts the always cost-conscious Marvel will hire Morgan, figuring a lot of people can't tell them apart.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Seems like the new Hammer wants to be girly-girl

    by chien_sale

    Bring back the gothic horror and old school monsters flicks. they are using the Hammer name yet they do movies that are completly the opposite of what made Hammer cool. fuck these guys.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    jephd

    by justmyluck

    I have read about LET THE RIGHT ONE IN being as good as, or better than, than LET ME IN - which is why I want to see it. It won't invalidate LET ME IN being *great*. In fact, the audience I saw it with was audibly floored, just listening to the exit convo. Critics likewise found the two versions comparable with alternating strengths and weaknesses. The consensus did NOT diss it as a remake. ------------------------ So, why does the Talkback forum keep 'forgetting' my password and require an update every few posts? Webmaster(s)?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Straight To Video

    by Henry Fool

    Unless a movie is shot in 3D or I'm seeing it in a good digital theater, I'm content to see a movie in my own home on my 61" high def with Blu Ray. I'm content with the industry changing in that direction.<br /> <br /> I want my movie experiences to be like Joe Dante's "Matinee", exciting with character. A trip to the multiplex these days is as generic as lunch at McDonalds. Look in the paper. Most multiplexes are playing the same six studio formula films. They're gone after a week if they're not hits. Otherwise, you get'em for 4-5 weeks then they disappear. The whole state of the movie industry is ridiculous and its theater owners who are to blame. They're like crackheads, always going for the quick fix. That's one of the big reasons why so many good films are going straight to video.<br /> <br /> I guess its just up to each and every one to make sure our "mainstream" friends see the great, unseen movies of the world.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    LET ME IN (IMDB=7.3 // RT=89% // Ebert=3.5/4)

    by justmyluck

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/let_me_in/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228987/ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100929/REVIEWS/100929983/1023 ...still solid after video release...all seem to reference the Swedish original - so not too shabby.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    I liked them better when they were flirting in the Irish countryside

    by Dr Hemlock

    And Swank has a ridiculously hot body.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Harry makes yet another seemingly good movie seem completely lame.

    by HalJordan2814

    How on earth DOES he do it?

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    HARRY you sort of spoiled this film for me

    by _Venkman

    Now I know she doesn't have sex with him despite the build up to that moment. Should I just watch the film from that point on?

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    I hope Let Me In and this don't sink Hammer again

    by JuanSanchez

    I'd love to make a Hammer film one day.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Wake Wood

    by batfunk

    Wake Wood is Hammer's next theatrical release after The Resident. It was filmed in Ireland in October 2008 and should have come out in October 2009. I expect distribution problems have held it back until now, as many independent films have difficulty competing with the majors. Many are saying it's a folk horror classic. The trailer definitely looks creepy. I for one will be queuing for this one. Once I've recovered from Wake Wood, October should bring The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe and the great Ciaran Hinds. What a year!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Didn't pre-biblethumper Stephen Baldwin...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...and pre-elderly Sharon Stone already make this movie? And why the hell would a landlord rig up an apartment with two-way mirrors and have to creep around through the walls when he could just go online to numerous "spy equipment vendors" and buy a bunch of tiny video cameras he could hide in the screw holes of electrical sockets or air conditioning vents? Seems like too much expense and risk just to stalk a kind of half-fugly, tranny-looking chick like Hillary Swank

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Cloning does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Robert Downey Jnr + George Clooney = Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    With a pedigree like this, how could it NOT be in theaters?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a typical 90's thriller.

    by blackmantis

    This sounds like the plot of a thousand direct to video thrillers that came out in the 90's.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    You fucking asshole, Harry...

    by BorisHumphrey

    Against my better judgment, but based on your review, I watched this movie and it was absolute formulaic shit. Not only that, but the acting was terrible from everyone, with not an iota of chemistry in sight. It's going straight to DVD because it's fucking generic Hollywood shit. And now you owe me 90 minutes of life. Have they got you hepped up on shitloads of Oxy at the moment? If so, read the label on the bottle and I'm pretty sure you'll find in the directions: 'WARNING: Do not recommend films on your website when using this medication'.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Sounds a bit like "Crawlspace"

    by Adam13

    with Klaus Kinski, at least in the overall set-up -- for my money one of the most f'd up movies out there. Every shade of weird. Although the Klaus probably had more disturbing home movies.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Back in high school, in the championship game

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I was lining up my free throw off the tee when I was hip-checked by a linebacker, causing a foul ball. Then, a jockey on the other team put the snitch through the wicket. We lost by a drop-kick in the 15th round. Not the best day.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    My god... People still type really?

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ... Nuff said...

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I've seen it.

    by TheComedian77

    It really doesn't feel like a Hammer film. It's insipid, and far from scary. Have yet to see Let Me In. Wasn't sure I could be bothered, as I have the original on blu-ray anyway...

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I don't want to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan swanking

    by Ray Gamma

    Do you see what I did there? Thankyou. I'll be here all week. Try the shrimp.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    This movie was fucking great.

    by Sulla

    Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Morgan, Hilary Swank...all give great performances. Sorry but some of you are complete fucking morons. You can't even tell what constitutes a good movie. I guess if there were buckets of blood and giant robots you would have liked it. Dumb asses.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    'Sorry but some of you are complete fucking morons.'

    by quantize

    Ah no, you're the fucking moron...it was incredibly weak and horribly predictable, like giant robots weak.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you even watch this?

    by catlettuce4

    It was based in Brooklyn - not San Francisco. Christopher Lee was his grandfather; I guess you missed the little flashback showing his father and mother's death? You sure you aren't passing your laptop around the ward and having patients write your reviews? When you read sentences like: 'And we've seen scenes with him and his father, played by Christopher Lee... which in and of themselves tells us... she should run.', I guess not. All up. was a pretty crappy movie in the end.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I was a bit let down

    by smackfu

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan was great to watch as always, but the film itself wasn't that great. The whole time it felt like it was trying to be several films at once, and not focusing on anything closely enough to be effective.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    LET ME IN

    by spire_walk

    Let Me In broke even, eventually. This doesn't include its video sales.... so it did make a profit. I'll always enjoy the original best, but I think this a great movie for someone who hates to read subtitles.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Let me In....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    although it was totally unnecessary, It was beautifully done. I especially enjoyed how certain devices that worked for the original were either non existent in the remake or shot differently. A treat for anyone that's into Vampires. However, I would suggest watching the Let the Right One In. first, then check out the Hammer version.

  • I bought the original film, and yes I used subtitles and not the English narrative audio track. The pacing was a bit off. It was beautifully shot and I love the story from the book (I'm 350 pages in) but it just seemed to not work well as an entire film. The best song on the soundtrack, Eli's Theme, was put into the film in the best spot...at least that's what you think until you see it. It's the part when Eli has left near the end. The video that accompanies the incredible dramatics of the song is so dull and lifeless. I did like how they left one kid alive at the end. Matt Reeves took the story from the book and stripped out the perfect story elements to make it the perfect movie version. Stick with the core story between the two kids and get the audience to care about them, and then get Michael Giacchino to come in and compose the most underrated score of 2010. Go and listen. Several tracks in there are great. Visitation Rights, First Date Jitters, Trained and Steady, End Credits. Great stuff. All in all both are great, but Let Me In gets the edge. And to those of you that might say "why even compare the two...let them stand on their own"...I can't do that after watching both. One is simply better, but that doesn't make the other one bad, or even good. Both are great.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    "he nailed it"

    by quintana007

    and he got nailed

  • March 2, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Sounds like the perfect movie

    by CuntBubble

    for a young bunch of swankers.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Let me in..great remake. The Resident on the other hand..

    by Stalkeye

    ..was booorrrriiing and utterly predictable. The ending felt a bit too rushed and this is not one of Morgan's best roles as he'll always be known as The Comedian. The best performance from Watchmen second to Early's Rorshach. Hell, should RDJ go on another drug/alcoholic binge, let Marvel cast Jeffrey as Stark.I even think he would pass as Dr. Strange.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    by Jym

    This just shows sports "nuts" take something they can't do themselves WAY to serious.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I suck at posting

    by Jym

    Sorry, I was replying to this: Feb 26, 2011 4:53:15 PM CST Jeffrey shot for the big green wall in the backfield on this one and nailed it by sidius Not very effective way down here. lol

  • March 2, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    thanks for the spoiler harry

    by itrainmonkeys

    the trailer makes it seem like someone else is the creep. thanks for spoiling the movie without using a spoiler tag. Awesome.

  • March 4, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Ira Levin

    by DoctorGustav

    Wouldn't be surprised if this was based off of "Sliver." The book is getting a new printing and getting re-released in May, so it's probably to coincide with the release of this movie.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Just watched this 2 nights ago

    by proevad

    Avoid. There were a ton of crap films like this released in the 80's and 90's. The obsessed person films. Started with Fatal Attraction and went downhill from there. Poison Ivy is another example. Anyhoo, this is a really shitty one in that vein. Chris Lee is in the damn thing for about 45 seconds. Why does this guys stuff always end up on the cutting room floor?

  • March 11, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    blackmantis

    by proevad

    Sorry. Didn't mean to rip off your shit 90's films angle. Just read your post.

  • March 12, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    The first act is actually quite decent...

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    but then then it unhinges itself in an embarrassingly amateur moment - you'll know what it is. It's impossible to miss. From that moment on the film just never recovers.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Harry you fat cowardly fraud

    by Nabster

    This movie was a insipid toxic piece of dick. How dare you promote such horrific evil garbage. All that junk food has corrupted your pathetic chid like mind.

  • March 19, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Finally saw this last night

    by biffy88

    If you took all the shots of Morgan looking through peepholes or creeping around Swank's apartment the film would be about 4 minutes long. So fucking boring. NOT recommended.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Question for people who have seen both LET THE RIGHT ONE IN versions

    by Detective_Fingerling

    SPOILER : Did they show the castration in the new version? I watched an AVCHD version of LET ME IN and was a little preoccupied to pay close attention to the movie. I don't remember seeing the castration part from the original and I thought that was a pretty important part of the story (as far as reveals go). I do remember that the remake had more dialogue hinting at the fact that she was actually a he.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    detective_fingerling

    by proevad

    No. Completely left out, unless I just completely went blind for a minute or two and missed it. Was surprised by how much I liked the remake. Swimming pool scene was still much better in the original, but the goofy cat scene was left out of the remake. Still would rewatch the original if I had to choose.

  • May 16, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    No nudity.

    by TicTokCroc

    They put a steam filter over her getting out of the bathtub. Sexy, yes, but definitely not nudity. And it's Brooklyn, not San Fran. I think the shot of the Brooklyn Bridge was supposed to evoke the image of the Golden Gate Bridge from Vertigo, but that's about close as I could make out what Harry was talking about. The Resident is also the definition of mediocre. It's weird when they get a cast like this for something so blah.