A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades - but when renovations start, a series of murders take place. It's up to our heroine to solve the mystery.

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Nell and her husband Steven are looking for a business, as well as a home, when they come across the Lusman Arms apartment block. They move in and begin renovating the building, in which a series of weird killings begin to take place. When she finally discovers the supernatural evil behind it all, she gets more than she bargained for! Written by Leatherface15

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Every year, thousands of people come to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some go home. And some just disapear. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and gore, language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Christian Bale stated in an interview that he tried hard to contact Tobe Hooper for the role of Steven Barrows and even personally recorded and sent a screen test of himself, but was never called back. He instead focused on scoring the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins. See more »

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When the killer reappears through the window he enters making a spectacular jump, even there is not enough space behind the window to execute it, as it is shown after he falls down. See more »

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Luis Saucedo: Here you go, catch.
[tosses water bottle to Julia]
Julia Cunningham: You're a lifesaver.
Luis Saucedo: Hey, it's a full-time job with you, isn't it? All this huffin' and puffin' and runnin' around in circles to get back to where you started.
Julia Cunningham: One of these days I'm gonna get you to come with me.
Luis Saucedo: Oh no, I'm a stand-in-one-place kinda guy.
Julia Cunningham: It's working
[does a spin]
Luis Saucedo: Oooh Yeah!
Julia Cunningham: Night Louis.
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Every years thousands of people come to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some move back home... And some just disappear. See more »

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So much better than you'd expect, given Hooper's recent track record.
26 April 2005 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

Nell and Steven move into a run-down Hollywood apartment in the middle of being renovated. They soon realize that the landlord, maintenance man, and other tenants are a strange bunch. Nell finds herself delving into a mystery of the building when one of her neighbors goes missing. This is an excellent and unique slasher. Considering the last movie I saw by Hooper was about a CGI crocodile, I think it is fair to say he is back in the game. Unfortunately, there are plot holes galore that should have been worked out, the pacing is somewhat uneven, and the ending is a big let-down. But the murder scenes are nasty, the atmosphere is creepy, the set is awesome, and the jump scares are worthy. The "city of broken dreams" theme is effective even though most of the film takes place within the claustrophobia of the apartment building. The performance by Angela Bettis ("May") really anchors the movie. This lady brings a sense of dignity and classiness to the horror genre and I think she could become a real genre pioneer. All horror fans should check-out this movie.

My Rating: 7/10.


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