Occupant 1999 TV-MA CC

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Danny Hill's grandmother just died giving him the opportunity to live in her rent controlled apartment in Manhattan. But as Danny quickly discovers, he may not be the only OCCUPANT.

Starring:
Van Hansis, Cody Horn
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Thriller
Director Henry Miller
Starring Van Hansis, Cody Horn
Supporting actors Thorsten Kaye, Jamie Harrold, Brian Berrebbi, Veronica Cruz, Domenico D'Ippolito, Jerry Damons, Lou Ferguson, Edward Gelbinovich, Scott Gregory, Derek Hedlund, Ed Jewett, Hayley Knafel, Christophe Lepage, David Little, Dylan Clark Marshall, Curtis McClarin, Michael Muentz, Wade Mylius
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating TV-MA
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Husky Mom on February 19, 2013
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If you watch this with a wait and see attitude and don't expect a typical horror film , you may like it. Lots of discussion on whether there was possession or insanity. The movie definitely provides an opportunity to have a discussion about what was actually going on. I personally think it was both. He had to be a bit unhinged to start. And a lot at the end. But people don't lose it that quickly if they are starting out normal. I also think due to several things that there was possession or influence of an evil nature. This isn't a wild ride kind of movie. It is more of a deeper type of "horror" movie. One that leaves you to wonder. Watch it with friends who don't mind a more mellow movie and are ready for discussion when it ends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bad Grandpa on June 5, 2013
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The acting was not bad but the story was very dark and disturbing with no real redeeming value to me. Was it an evil entity or was the guy just psycho? If the guy went nuts from being apartment bound why would he murder the hot chick the first night?
Seriously, the door man is going to bring you a roll of razor wire for your apartment? Don't get me wrong, I like thrillers but they need to actually go somewhere and this one falls short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Jones on June 25, 2013
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There are possible spoilers ahead, but I'm not sure it would really matter because upon finishing this film, you won't have any idea what happened anyway... When this film started, I thought it might be your run-of-the-mill supernatural events story. Boy was I wrong. There was nothing run-of-the-mill about this thing. I have no idea what really happened here. We're led to believe that maybe Danny's grandmother died because of something other than natural causes, but we're never given any indication of what that might be. She lived in this apartment for many years without the ill-effects that seem to drive her grandson mad after only a couple of days. What's up with the creepy doorman? Who is the elderly black man he finds in his apartment? What's going on with the shoes? Do all the drawings on the wall mean something? What's with the hole in the wall? Why did Danny, apparently, murder a girl after only a couple of days in the apartment? Was he just mentally weak or did he finish reading this script and it drove him insane? Do doormen in NYC routinely deliver bundles of razorwire to their tenants with nary a question as to why? Good lord, this story is a mess!! Notice I said 'story', because I do have to say that the performances were overall pretty good, even with the horrible material. If you decide to give it a try, prepare to be frustrated - that's all I'm sayin'...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on December 22, 2012
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We are not sure of the source of the maddening of the young man forced to stay in his New York apartment. Are some internal propensities working themselves out in the claustrophobia of his situation? Is this a masculine version of Roman Polanski's Repulsion in which Catherine Deneuve's character succumbs to a terrifying insanity within the confines of her apartment? Or is this more like "The Exorcist" in which some outside malevolence is relentlessly attacking its target? Or is it a little of both?

The movie apparently intends to slant our interpretation in one particular way. This shows in its final scenes, but also in little clues planted along the way. What's that behind the would-be girlfriend as she stands in the middle of the room after getting something from the refrigerator? You see it in just the briefest flash.

Either way, it's true that there are aspects of this movie that make for an uneasy mix. The protagonist's problems overtake him too fast, there are any number of loose ends, and some of the creepiness of bit players in this drama come off as being too obviously red herrings.

However, "Occupant" anchors itself in reality, teaching something about the under-the-table machinations and distortions that are brought about by New York's system of rent control. Then as the protagonist spins off into a realm of the scarily unreal, Van Hansis delivers a chilling performance. He seems to incorporate the darkening around his eyes into his very being.

Overall, "Occupant" became an absorbing black hole, drawing me into some other dimension of the human mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on January 15, 2012
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The movie reminded me a little of "Paranormal Activity" in that it has some hand held camera shots as well as using things like "DAY NINE." It reminded me of the classic "House" as there was a huge hole in the closet that apparently "things" were coming through.

Danny Hill's grandmother dies in the opening scene. Danny (Van Hansis) becomes a squatter in her apartment on the advice of Joe, the Doorman (Thorsten Kaye) and Joe's lawyer friend. He wants the apartment for the same rent control price his grandmother had it. The landlord wants Danny out so he can rent the 3500 square foot, downtown NYC apartment for big bucks. Joe gets Danny everything he needs to stay there, unfortunately there are weird things going on in the apartment and Danny quickly develops cabin fever.

The movie doesn't have a lot of characters and is practically a one man play. The movie plays you along to the end.

F-bomb, brief night time sex, no nudity. 2 1/2 stars at best.
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