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Hider in the House (1989)

A deranged man hides in the attic of a new house and becomes obsessed with the unsuspecting family that moves in.

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Matthew Patrick

Writer:

Lem Dobbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Tom Sykes
Mimi Rogers ... Julie Dreyer
Michael McKean ... Phil Dreyer
Kurt Christopher Kinder ... Neil Dreyer
Candace Hutson ... Holly Dreyer
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Rita
Chuck Lafont Chuck Lafont ... Dr. Gordon
Bruce Glover ... Gene Hufford
Leonard Termo ... George / Exterminator
Johnny Green Johnny Green ... Bernard (as John Green Jr.)
Bob Neill Bob Neill ... Tom's Father's Voice (voice)
Carole King ... Tom's Mother (voice)
Jake Busey ... Teenage Tom (voice)
Ryan Sheridan Ryan Sheridan ... Tom's Child's Voice (voice)
Martin Goslins Martin Goslins ... Maitre d'
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Storyline

A deranged man, Tom Sykes, hides out in the attic while an unsuspecting couple (Rogers & McKean) and their family carry on their life in the house below. Once Tom stops just hiding out and becomes involved with the family and, in particular, the wife, the problems begin. An original USA made for cable movie. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You can't lock him out. He's already in.

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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy házban az ellenséggel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Precision Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final writer on the film was an uncredited Brad Mirman See more »

Quotes

Tom Sykes: When I was your age I used to have people hurt me all the time.
Neil Dreyer: So what happened?
Tom Sykes: [pauses] They didn't hurt me anymore.
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Connections

Referenced in Tony (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

HARLEM HOLIDAY
Performed by Maxine Sullivan
Courtesy of Harbinger Records Ltd.
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
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Busey makes it worthwhile.
20 October 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Not outstanding, but far from the worst of its kind. It's true that the "shock" ending is cliched, and most of the plot developments are predictable, but the film gets a great big boost from Gary Busey's three-dimensional character and intense performance. In some ways, "Hider in the House" is quite similar to "The Stepfather", another film in which a mentally unbalanced man wants to create the "perfect family", and although it has a much lower reputation, it is actually better. (**)


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