Awesome VHS style 80's throwback cover art, eh? Unfortunately, this cover art (done by the amazing Scott Jackson/Monsterman) is no reflection of the feel of the film and even more unfortunately, it's the only good thing The Landlord has going for it. Well, it does kind of have an interesting premise, but it's not well executed at all.
The basic gist of it is that this fat dude Tyler owns an apartment building that is haunted by a pair of demonic human eating creatures. Whenever he gets a new tenant in the building, the demons eat him, her, or him and her when available. Then there's some side plot about a young woman who comes to live at the building who just had an abortion or something and Tyler takes a liking to her and together, with Tyler's sister, they try and rid the building of the demons. But basically, it's demons eating people in an apartment building. Should be Troma style fun, right?
Well, it's not. I can overlook the low budget. I can overlook the horrible sound quality that varies scene by scene and even line by line. I can overlook the horrible makeup effects that consist of poorly made blood, 25 cent machine fake teeth, and those rubber severed limbs you can buy at Walmart around Halloween time. I can even overlook the bad acting and amateur first time filmmaking. But The Landlord just simply is not enjoyable or entertaining in any way. Simply put, it's a horror comedy without horror and without comedy and I couldn't help but ride the fast forward button after a while of sitting through it. In fact i'd probably say the only thing that kept me watching was a sick curiousity for what stupid shit could come next. The movie is supposed to be silly and it's supposed to be off the wall, but it just comes off as dumb.
This is another one of those indy flicks that has been getting rave reviews from horror bloggers, several of them even plastered onto the DVD cover. And therein lies the problem. So many bloggers are so desperate to get their names on the covers of these indy horror movies that they will praise and suck them off whether they truly liked them or not. This is a trend that has gotta stop. Sure you're getting some press and sure you're getting on the good sides of horror filmmakers, but all you're doing is hurting the reputation of your blog and if it's kept up, you will lose all credibility from your readers. Now i'm not saying it's impossible for any human being out there to enjoy this movie and i'm sure some of those bloggers i'm referencing truly did like it, but I hardly think the dudes who called the flick "pure comic gold" or wrote that it had "some amazing makeup and special effects" were being entirely honest....
Awesome cover art. Bad movie.
If you want to find out more about The Landlord or check it out for yourself, you can head over to the official website. I'd like to thank the director, Emil Hyde, for sending me a copy. Sorry I didn't dig it, Emil. It always pains me to bash movies that I get sent from the filmmaker, but i've gotta be honest.