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A murder mystery writer misreads the nervous man he bullies in a spooky Hollywood mansion.

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Bruce Simmons is an idealistic but out-of-work writer who stubbornly ignores advice from his agents to make compromises with his work and write more commercially viable material, but he stubbornly refuses to compromise his artistic idealism.. His only source of income is a side job in real estate, but his lack of success there also makes it impossible to pay the rent, and he is evicted. His boss gives him one more chance: sell a decaying Hollywood mansion which was the scene of the horrible unsolved murder of a seemingly ideal family many years before. Although the house still is bloodstained, the bodies, including those of the two children have never been found. The now homeless Simmons determines to give his sexy literary agent and former lover the blood and guts she's been asking for and decides to write a novel about the killings. While he is researching material, a nervous stranger appears at his door and asks to rent a room. Seeing no harm in pocketing Eddie Hale's $350 monthly ... Written by duke1029

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Bruce Simmons: Movies are more than just a great business, they're a solid responsibility and I'd rather starve than write most of the crap that I see on the screen
Bruce Simmons: [racking his brains for an idea] That's what your doing isn't it? Okay even okay there must be something I can write in, doesn't need to have a happy ending I'll call you... you'll call you, could be a story about lonely hooker, yeah she gets she gets killed no... how about a killer cop... nah ya seen it a thousand times I know I know a killer ...
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A film that missed the target, just
12 August 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie should have been great.

The acting is great. The locations are excellent, as is the photography, editing and so forth.

The premise is clever, the opening scenes of the script intriguing, and the actions of the characters logical given the circumstances. A few scenes are riveting, and the sequence of events, at least for the first half of the movie, captures your attention completely.

My feeling is that the film was cut, to the point where we are left with only the basic storyboard. The ending is questionable, probably because there are missing pieces of information.

Hopefully, the whole film was shot, and someone will go back and re-edit the final version someday. Or perhaps I am filling in a script that was not revised enough - who knows? But my gut feeling is that this film could have been quite extraordinary.




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