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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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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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"Nice is my middle name."
21 August 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

After killing her cheating husband, Melanie (Talia Shire) moves into an apartment building she inherited from her aunt. There she meets one of the tenants (Jack Coleman) and decides he's the perfect man to become her new husband. When anyone gets in the way of Melanie and her obsession, they find themselves in for a world of hurt.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Don't let the low IMDb score fool you, folks. This is an entertaining tongue-in-cheek thriller with a wonderfully campy performance from Talia Shire. This is the only time I've ever seen her in a lead role, let alone a comedic one. She makes this whole thing work. The thriller aspects are all predictable, which accounts for the low score I believe. At the risk of insulting the reviewers who didn't like this, I have to wonder how they didn't notice how the movie doesn't expect you to take it seriously. If you think the people behind this thought they were making Fatal Attraction or something, then I have to question how much of the movie you paid attention to. For those who haven't seen it yet, give it a shot and I think you'll find it's more fun than the low score and negative reviews would lead you to believe.


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