San Franciscans Drake Goodman and Patty Palmer are taking their relationship to the next level not only by moving in together, but their new abode being a house they purchase. Despite it being slightly outside of their price range and only affordable to them in the right circumstances, they purchase a Victorian house in Pacific Heights. Those circumstances include making all the necessary renovations on their own, and immediately renting out the two suites on the main floor at a specific price point. While they rent out the rear one bedroom unit to the Watanabes without incident, outwardly wealthy Carter Hayes is able to manipulate his way into renting the front studio apartment, partly in promising to pay half a year's rent in advance. Drake and Patty eventually learn that Carter, whose money they do not receive, is in the "business" of causing havoc in such rental situations to ruin the owners financially, he being the tenant from hell. In Carter seemingly knowing how to manipulate ...Written by
Written by Stacy Anderson
Performed by Hallows Eve
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records
Published by Bloody Skull Music, BMI
Administered by Bug Music See more »
Needed A Little More Air
One of those Premise Thrillers. Here it's about a renter renting from a young couple who bought a building. Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith look like yuppies but aren't because they have little money so that's both their sympathy and motivation to need rent that Michael Keaton's shyster is holding back, and back and back.
Meanwhile he's a squatter from hell who plagues the place with roaches, hammering noises and endless mind games in an annoying movie that's intentional since the villain's purpose is to drive the protagonists crazy. But there's not enough mix and match, and Michael Keaton has very little to do but sit around in shadows trying to look sleazy (under director John Schlesinger's modern Noir aesthetic). A shame since we know how charming Keaton can be. Imagine dark comedy playing a factor. After all, is this young-couple-harasser any different than Beetlejuice?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this