The Resident (2010) – By Brian Morton

If you’re a horror movie fan, then you know what a Hammer Film is. If you don’t, then you need to do a little research, then hit the video store and rent some of these amazing classic movies! Well, after being gone for a while, Hammer has reemerged and, if their first movie is anything to judge by, they’re as good as they ever were. The movie is The Resident and it’s got all the Hammer elements and still manages to be up to date and scary as hell!

The story here is about Dr. Juliet Dermer (Hilary Swank). Juliet has just broken up with her husband and is looking for a place of her own in New York. Well, it just so happens that Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has a place and he’s renting it…cheap! So, Juliet soon finds herself living in a dilapidated building with Max and his grandfather (played by Christoper Lee!!), but she feels like there’s something wrong with the building, something that she can’t quite put her finger on. It feels like she’s never alone in the apartment, and when she starts sleeping through alarms and being late for work, Juliet starts to become concerned with what might actually be taking place in her apartment.

The Resident is one of those rare movies that shows you what’s going on, but still manages to creep you out and keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m not a huge Hilary Swank fan, but she’s perfectly cast as Juliet, she’s helpless enough to be believable, but still seems capable of defending herself if she has to. Morgan is amazing as Max, moving from warm, charming landlord to strange, affected stalker in the space of just a couple of minutes of screen time. And, while he’s not in too much of the movie, it was great to see Christopher Lee back in a Hammer Film…it’s clearly a nod to their history and one that was totally welcomed!

I’m giving The Resident 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s creepy, scary and dark, without once ever having to rely on blood alone to get there! If you’re a fan of Hammer…or just great movies…then race over to http://www.image-entertainment.com and grab a copy for yourself.