5.9/10
905
22 user 5 critic

Hider in the House (1989)

A deranged man hides in the attic of a new house and becomes obsessed with the unsuspecting family that moves in.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bulletproof (1988)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A group of dangerous terrorists succeeds to get hold of a tank of the army and all its crew.

Director: Steve Carver
Stars: Gary Busey, Darlanne Fluegel, Henry Silva
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Returning home from prison, a Vietnam War veteran sets out to clean up his hometown which has come under the control of a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Stars: Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel
Drama | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. This movie follows the main players throughout the day,... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis
Stars: Jeannetta Arnette, Barry Corbin, Stephen Macht
Frogs (1972)
Horror | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan
Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark
Men of War (1994)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A former Special Ops soldier leads a group of mercenaries to an island in the South China Sea: their mission is obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds.

Director: Perry Lang
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Charlotte Lewis, BD Wong
Night School (1981)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder
Renegades (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jami Gertz
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to ... See full summary »

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: David Keith, Robert Prosky, G.D. Spradlin
Firstborn (1984)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teen must protect his family when his mother's sinister new boyfriend begins exerting his authority in their home.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet
Grizzly (1976)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An eighteen-foot-tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park, leaving it up to a park ranger to save the day.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.

Director: Marc Rocco
Stars: Corey Feldman, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Julie Dreyer
...
Phil Dreyer
Kurt Christopher Kinder ...
Neil Dreyer
Candace Hutson ...
Holly Dreyer
...
Rita
Chuck Lafont ...
Dr. Gordon
...
Gene Hufford
Leonard Termo ...
George / Exterminator
Johnny Green ...
Bernard (as John Green Jr.)
Bob Neill ...
Tom's Father's Voice (voice)
...
Tom's Mother (voice)
...
Teenage Tom (voice)
Ryan Sheridan ...
Tom's Child's Voice (voice)
Martin Goslins ...
Maitre d'
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy házban az ellenséggel  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The final writer on the film was an uncredited Brad Mirman See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tony (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

HARLEM HOLIDAY
Performed by Maxine Sullivan
Courtesy of Harbinger Records Ltd.
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hider in the House
12 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hider in the House is the story of a disturbed man (played by Gary Busey) who is desperate to be a part of a functional and "normal" family. Tom Sykes (Busey) was verbally and physically abused by his parents growing up. He took action into his own hands and burned their house down with them in it. Committed to a psychiatric facility his whole life, the hospital board felt it was time to release him into society. Boy, were they wrong. We quickly find out he is still very disturbed from the events that took place in his childhood. Meanwhile, we meet the Dreyer family who is moving into a new house. Tom sneaks up to the attic of that house and builds some sort of a room sheltering him from the family. They have no clue he's hiding out in there.

While up there, he overhears pretty much every conversation that takes place. The ironic thing about "Hider in the Hoiuse" is that the family he so desperately wants to be a part of is FAR from "normal". The man of the house is cheating on his wife (Mimi Rogers), the young son is having pretty serious emotional issues involving bullies, etc. Tom overhears all of it. He eventually becomes infatuated with Julie Dreyer (Rogers) and worms his way into her life. All this leads up to a satisfying conclusion.

Hider in the House is a pretty good suspense/thriller. Gary Busey puts in a good performance as does Mimi Rogers. There are a few murders in the film, but that's not what this is about. The true point of the movie is the back story involving Tom and his childhood. It's interesting to see him looking at the Dreyer family like they are the perfect thing in the world. Of course, the viewers see them as a very dysfunctional group. There are some slow parts that drag on, and the idea of him hiding out in the attic without anyone knowing is VERY unbelievable. But it's good enough for a viewing.

6/10


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?