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A woman inherits a rent-controlled apartment and is terrorized by a neighbor.








Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Emelin
Greg Harrison
Mr. Collins
The Lock Smith
Lorna Millican ...
Mrs. Bryant
George Pottle ...
Mr. Bryant
Ardon Bess ...
Hardware Owner
Mark A. Owen ...
TV Delivery Man (as Mark Owen)
Korean Owner
Policeman #1


A young woman moves into a new apartment that she inherited from her grandmother, who had died there in a bizarre accident. She is immediately confronted by totally bizarre neighbors and someone is obviously out to get her as rats and flies engulf her apartment. But with the array of weirdos around her, who might it be? Everyone warns her to stay away from her upstairs neighbor, but he is the only one who shows any kindness. Supposedly the neighbor below her is an 80 year old woman, but she hammers the floor so hard when the young woman moves furniture that she breaks tiles. Another neighbor seems kind enough to begin with, but later seems more interfering and threatening. Also her weatherman boyfriend can't be ruled out. Contrary to his desire for her to move in with him, she moved into their apartment. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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People are dying to live in this building.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 August 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El cuarto piso  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Albert is trying to find Jane in her apartment, he looks into the living room where a cigarette is clearly smoking in an ashtray. While running for her life from Albert, she would not have had time nor the inkling to light a cigarette. This was a recycled scene from earlier in the film when Greg was visiting her. See more »


Greg Harrison: [on television] Good morning! Rise and shine and get out of bed, New York City, wipe that sleep out of your eyes! Come on everybody, don't be a plain Jane.
Greg Harrison: [blows a whistle] And...
Greg Harrison: [sings and dances] Rise and shine, now give out your glory glory/ Rise and shine, now give out your glory glory/Rise and shine and... give out your glory glory!
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Written by Brian Tyler
Tippecanoe Music Publishing (BMI)
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2 July 2007 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

There are many problems with a movie like this one. First of all, you've seen it all before. A lone woman (or just lone person) moving into a flat in a building filled with psychos is a popular theme. Second of all, the story might work up until the end. Then it usually falls apart more or less completely, the way it does here.

Juliette Lewis and William Hurt are both decent actors and they do a decent job here. The supporting actors have bigger problems with Shelley Duvall and Austin Pendleton both coming off as completely unbelievable characters, playing neighbors in the strange house.

What i think worked well in this movie is first off the house itself. It's got a nice Gothic New York-feel to it, with seedy run-down interiors and huge staircases. Also like i said above Hurt and Lewis do their parts OK, although i feel Hurt almost always has something a bit unnatural about him. I don't know what it is, but his delivery is slow and contemplated, almost theater-like. It's not always fitting.

The negative aspects are mostly the supporting actors, which have a hard time with the script giving them characters that are just too much to believe. The one that stands out especially though is Sabrina Grdevich as Lewis work colleague. She seems to be in a porno-movie or something of the kind, flirting with the camera no matter what she's saying. Also the script has other problems, mostly with plausibility. That is not unexpected though as these kinds of movies usually need a villain capable of extremely intricate measures for a very small potential gain.

In the genre, this is not a disaster. I can't say i recommend it though. 5/10.

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