Monday, July 20, 2009

The Landlord - A New Horror Comedy

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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.

13 comments:

Ms Harker said...

Its good to see you maintaining your integrity. I too am becoming suspicious of blogger reviews, bloggers who have been sent the film either by the film maker or distribution company. It doesn't help the reader, the film maker, the blogger, or the genre in fact if people sell out their opinions for the sake of a little more traffic to their site.

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Johnny said...

I take great comfort in the fact that when I say I like a movie, I mean it! Just had to e-mail the link to this review to the director of the film and it didn't make me feel good, but i'd feel a lot worse if I knew I was lying to the people who read my blog. So, so be it.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I try never to trash horror movies (no matter how bad they are) i`ve got to much respect for the genre. Now and again a horror film comes along that is so bad and appalling that you have to reluctantly admit that it is garbage but even the worst horror movies entertain me much more than the supposedly best dramas and comedys that mainstream hollywood produces.

Geof said...

Thanks for the review. The cover art and premise would have sucked me in since it sounds fun. But thanks to your comments, I will skip it.

Johnny said...

Jervaise, I know what ya mean. I usually have fun watching horror movies, even when they completely suck. Maybe even moreso when they completely suck! It's an interesting thing...

MonsterScholar said...

I echo Ms Harker's praise for staying true to your thoughts on these films. Looks like the MovieCynics don't have the same mindset.
But awesome cover art does not a good movie make.

Johnny said...

Well it's usually good movies that have bad cover art, so it's interesting to see a bad movie that has good cover art for once!

Nik Holmes said...

It's already been said that you deserve a big thumbs up for giving your honest opinion on the movie, but I just want to second that. when I know your opinion is one to be trusted it means that other Indy horror flicks such as 'Evil Things' really are worth tracking down.

On a seperate note, True Blood finally started here in the UK last week, and I can't wait till I've caught up and can read the back catalogue of posts you have made about what looks to be a great show.

Johnny said...

Let me know what you think of True Blood. It may take some time getting into it but i'm pretty sure you'll like it.

Nik Holmes said...

Well, only one episode so far and I loved it. Some people I know moved over here from the states last year having only seen the first two episodes and have been waiting this long for it to arrive so they could keep watching. Poor bastards. My only complaint was that some of the exterior shots at night looked like a soundstage, but if Hatchet taught me anything it was that the Louisiana backwoods do look like a soundstage when filmed at night. Other than that it was great viewing, and for a first episode I was pleased to see it didn't go over the top with the Vampire/Horror elements, instead slowly introducing us to the world we were entering. Some pilot episodes, such as Lost and Prison Break, really hit you over the head with every element of the show in that first sixty minutes. True Blood felt more like a good book, it introduced me to the characters but didn't signpost where each character was coming from or going to. I have no idea who is playing what role in the story yet and I'm enjoying the ignorance. and wow, Stephen Moyer, who I last saw as a cold bastard serial killer in Waking the Dead, drowning people in the middle of a crowded public swimming pool and getting away with it. It's a shame fine actors like him and Dominic West have to go overseas to find good acting gigs , but I'm glad they get the chance to shine in something.

Lots of boobies too...

Johnny said...

Glad you're liking it so far! I actually don't think i've ever seen anything else Moyer has done. I'll have to check that flick out.

Chris said...

I just watched the trailer on their site and that does look awful. I can forgive bad acting and cinematography sometimes, but bad sound? No dice. If the sound for your movie sounds like it was recorded through your camera with no mixing whatsoever, it's going to be unwatchable. That said, it looks like the script is probably this movies biggest problem.

mickel5555 said...

Suspicions aside. Hey! I kinda liked the dopey little movie. I'm no horror blogger and I've certainly made worse indy purchases at horrorcons.