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The Landlady (1998)

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Melanie decides that one of her tenants would be perfect as her husband and decides to eliminate everyone who might interfere in her plans.

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Melanie Leroy
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Patrick Forman
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Pepper McAllen
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Liz Reese
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Justine Welch
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Jenny Hagen
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Ralston Leroy
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Laurence Gerard
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Tyson Johns
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In Sunshine, Nevada, the middle-aged housewife Melanie Leroy sees her husband Ralston Leroy shagging her neighbor and she freaks out. Then she poisons Ralston, who is allergic to seafood, in the dinner. Melanie travels to the California to the apartment building that she has inherited from her aunt and when she meets her tenant Patrick Forman, she believes that he would be a perfect husband for her. She uses her maiden name, Melanie Leroy, and becomes obsessed for him, killing anyone that might interpose between Patrick and her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil doesn't knock...It has the key!

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »
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5 January 2005 (Italy)  »

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This movie is based on Roald Dahl's short story, "The Landlady." Instead of an apartment building, the story takes place in a hotel in Bath. See more »

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Venice Dorian: Capiche?
Melanie: Bi-lingual whore destroying every marriage.
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Talia Shire as a one-lady killing machine...
23 January 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There are some unintentional laughs in THE LANDLADY as the plot gets more and more absurd--but it does hold the attention as you keep wondering how this lady's killing spree will end. Talia Shire does a credible job of making the title nutcase a frighteningly obsessed creature as she goes about plotting her next kill.

She plays a landlady obsessed with a hunky man she accidentally bumps into--on the first day of taking over as manager of a seedy looking apartment building. It's love at first sight (on her part) and she quickly decides that he will fill the void left by her husband whom she has efficiently murdered after finding out he cheated on her.

Thus the plot is set into motion as her obsession for her neighbor reaches titanic proportions. Saddest and funniest sequence has her eating popcorn while she stares at her neighbor through a two-way mirror while he disrobes. As the hunky neighbor, Jack Coleman does an excellent job--although it's hard to understand why he didn't fend off her designs on him a bit earlier. After all, her signals were not exactly subtle.

A watchable little film that has some gripping moments as Talia gets more and more over the top in her quest for fulfillment. None of it seems real and some of the lines and situations are laughable--but just try to look away!!

Summing up: a minor thriller with tongue in cheek approach to a serial killer's shenanigans.


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