Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered.

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Complete credited cast:
Ayn Ruymen ...
Cheryl Stratton
Lucille Benson ...
Aunt Martha
John Ventantonio ...
George
Laurie Main ...
Reverend Moon
Stanley Livingston ...
Jeff
Charles Woolf ...
Jeff's Dad
Ann Gibbs ...
Judy
Len Travis ...
Mike
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Mrs. Quigley
Gene Simms ...
First Policeman
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Second Policeman
Patrick Strong ...
Artie
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When Cheryl and her roommate quarrel, Cheryl moves into her aunt's skid-row hotel in downtown L.A. rather than return home to Ohio. The lodgers are odd, Aunt Martha is a moralizer obsessed with funerals, murder is afoot, and the inexperienced and trusting Cheryl may be the next victim. She wants to be treated like a woman, and she's drawn to George, a handsome photographer who longs for human contact but sleeps with a water-inflated doll and spies on Cheryl as she bathes. Jeff, a neighborhood clerk, may be Cheryl's only ally in what she doesn't realize is a perilous residence haunted by family secrets. And, what happened to Alice, a model who used to have Cheryl's room? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cheryl Stratton: Alice doesn't live here anymore!
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Sex,... Lies,... and Blowup Dolls.....
29 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paul Bartel's vision of perversity in a seedy L.A. hotel has more entertainment value than most of today's re-hashed, redundant, repulsive, wannabe exploitation flicks. The acting alone is uncommonly good for this type, with Ann Ruymen as the not so innocent Cheryl, and Lucille Benson as the proprietor of the unforgettable King Edward Hotel, absolute standouts. The quirky residents are both believable and intriguing. Murder, fetishism, voyeurism, what more could you ask for from this wonderful mixture of bizarre characters? Great photography, great character development, great script, great dark comedy. Highly recommended. - MERK


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