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The Landlady (1998)

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
Luisa Leschin ...
Mrs. Inez
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Louanne (as Laura A. Pursell)
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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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[After killing Jenny and her boyfriend]
Melanie: I love taking out the garbage!
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It's no Rocky V
24 April 2002 | by (Burnham) – See all my reviews

In this depressing slasher movie `from the producer of WISHMASTER and THE DENTIST' (how could that ad copy fail to bring in viewers?) , two-time Academy Award ® nominee Talia Shire plays Melanie Leroy, a bitter, unlikable harridan who sniffs other people's laundry and decides to go on a half-ass killing spree after inheriting her dead Aunt's apartment building. Shire spends the whole movie ranting to her dead husband's ashes and obsessing over her nice-enough social worker tenant (Jack Coleman from the NIGHTMARE CAFÉ T.V. show), spying on him with 2 way mirrors and video cameras, and eventually tying him to the bed in scenes that are like a fourth grade class production of MISERY. While this unbearable flick rolls on Melanie offs people with a refrigerator door, an enormous candle stick, a butcher knife, a steamer trunk, a gun, sleeping pills, a dry cleaning bag, and, scariest of all, shellfish. Yes, apparently feeding someone shellfish when they're allergic is sca-a-ary! Move over, Jason Vorhees!

Where was I? This movie. I tried to think of some ways to make it better, but all I came up with was to give two-time Academy Award ® nominee Talia Shire a Muppet © sidekick that only she can see and who can grant wishes. Sorry.


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