Thursday, February 13, 2014


2 of 6 viewers "Liked" "Occupant" (2011, USA)
Here's what the citizens of the Overlook Theatre had to say:

Book Wyrm - "I liked this because there was a cute cat, a cool twist, and was sort of believable. It was also funny and intriguing. I love crazy decent into madness pseudo ghost films." - 3 Stars

Lord Battle - "Occupant is a terrible film although somewhat entertaining. This slow-burn is just burnt." - 2 Stars

The Impostor - "Occupant tries hard to build suspense but ends up being a very slow and boring movie. Occupant is a film u seem to know whats gonna happen from the beginning but the movie tries to pull you in different directions that just ends up confusing you." - 1 Star

Huntress - "This movie had a shaky beginning, got better and then plummeted. You'd have to be very forgiving to enjoy this." - 2 Stars

The Great Hornito - I thought this movie had a lot of potential but it came up a little short. Movies when people get isolated in a house/app and go crazy are some of my favs but this one wasn't one of the greatest. The Filipino thanksgiving scene almost saved the movie... almost." - 3 Stars

Ice Giant - "The gore effects were pretty cool but they went down to man avenues without ever fully committing to any which left open to many annoying questions." - 2 Stars

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
First I feel it's important to say I love slow-burns, especially in the vein of Polanski's apartment trilogy, Occupant however is far from that. The main problem with this film is that it's totally unbelievable that Danny Hill (or anyone for this matter) would have gone crazy, as nothing during his 12 day stint was very mind altering. A lot of things were scary and or strange but this film fails in what most slow burns showcase, a decent into madness.
"When his late grandmother leaves him her rent-controlled apartment in New York, Danny Hill moves in... only to discover that he isn't exactly alone." This is the synopsis for "Occupant" found on Netfilx, this also helps make discovering what this film was originally intended to be about impossible.
There is a scene where Danny starts creating crude weapons from home appliances and what he creates is pretty cool (other than the tennis racket with spikes), even though they way it was filmed is obnoxious. In all fairness, this film is easy to sit through or awesome to have on as a backround horror film that won't distract you while you clean your room, but ultimately the touchy Eastern European doorman, the complaining neighbors (from next door even though the noise would bother someone below...), the scummy bug guy, and the hot girl who stalks guys for a blog all made for a lot of content that failed to move the story or explain the mystery that kept everyone watching.
- Lord Battle

*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not effect the rating. 

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