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Hider in the House (1989)

 -  Thriller  -  29 August 1991 (USA)
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A deranged man hides in the attic of a new house and becomes obsessed with the unsuspecting family that moves in.

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Julie Dreyer
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Phil Dreyer
Kurt Christopher Kinder ...
Neil Dreyer
Candace Hutson ...
Holly Dreyer
Elizabeth Ruscio ...
Rita
Chuck Lafont ...
Dr. Gordon
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Gene Hufford
Leonard Termo ...
George / Exterminator
Johnny Green ...
Bernard (as John Green Jr.)
Bob Neill ...
Tom's Father's Voice (voice)
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Tom's Mother (voice)
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Teenage Tom (voice)
Ryan Sheridan ...
Tom's Child's Voice (voice)
Martin Goslins ...
Maitre d'
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A deranged man, Tom Sykes, hides out in the attic while an unsuspecting couple (Rogers & McKean) and their family carry on their life in the house below. Once Tom stops just hiding out and becomes involved with the family and, in particular, the wife, the problems begin. An original USA made for cable movie. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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You can't lock him out. He's already in.

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29 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy házban az ellenséggel  »

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Tom Sykes: When I was your age I used to have people hurt me all the time.
Neil Dreyer: So what happened?
Tom Sykes: [pauses] They didn't hurt me anymore.
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HARLEM HOLIDAY
Performed by Maxine Sullivan
Courtesy of Harbinger Records Ltd.
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
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Busey unplugged...and in your attic too!
31 October 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Forget the inanity (no thats NOT a typo!) of the plot...a fruitloop living soundlessly in an attic, in a tiny room he built there - EQUALLY soundlessly!......this is a tour-de-force performance from Busey. The most realistic nutter put on screen since Norman Bates! As someone commented, a similar premise to THE STEPFATHER, being the story of a lone weirdo psychotically disposed towards creating the "perfect" family!

Busey's deranged Tom Sykes, complete with nervous dysfunctionality is awesome. There are several scenes you feel for the guy and really ache for his solitude and inherent decency! I believe it was his best role and despite the fact the wheels tended to fall off towards the end, as it entered the standard formula "where-do-we-go-from-here" scriptwriters' block, ENOUGH professional work had been witnessed to term this a way better than average thriller! Mimi Rogers always has dignity, class and resolve (well OK she struck-out marrying Tom Cruise arguably) Here, she puts across a sympathetic woman who finds herself in a seriously unwanted position through no fault of her own.

Ultimately you'd have to wonder, if despite his mental disturbances, Sykes wouldn't have made a better husband than Phil (McKean) who proves himself the wimpiest womaniser on the block! I was rooting for Busy to take him out big-time!

Flawed thriller that should by rights, be rating 6.8 here!


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