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Juliet, a beautiful doctor, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It's got spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a handy, handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall and terror in every room as Juliet gets the unnerving feeling that she is not alone. She is being watched. She is being stalked. And no one is safe when she discovers the relentless horror on her doorstep. But how do you stop an evil that you can't see ... until it's too late?
Though it's part of the new crop of releases from the under new ownership Hammer Films, the UK production company made famous by its sexualized gothic horror flicks from back in the day, The Resident unfortunately feels less like Hammer and more like your typical generic Hollywood thriller. Good looking chick moves into a new apartment. Befriends a charming and seemingly perfect dude. Dude turns out to be a sick creepo maniac. Fortunately for this particular take on that tale, the chick in this one is Hilary Swank and the dude is Jeffrey Dean Morgan, two highly competent actors who help elevate this one to a bit of a higher level than a direct to DVD telling of such a story should probably be at. Unfortunately, they can only elevate it so high. Though beautifully shot and incredibly well made and acted, with a few genuinely creepy scenes sprinkled throughout (JDM brushes his teeth with Swank's toothbrush and then jacks off in her bathtub), it's the script that keeps The Resident from ever taking off or becoming anything more than a cookie cutter guy stalks girl flick. Ultimately, it just ends up reeking of wasted potential.
Not to sound like a total pig, but the only thing I really took away from the film is that Hilary Swank has one hell of a body, something that the movie never let me forget. And hey, if you're gonna call me a pig, at least i'm an equal opportunity one ... I wanted to hit that even when she cut her hair and called herself Brandon.
Oh and by the way, if you were interested in this one because it's touted as featuring Christopher Lee in his return to Hammer, allow me to curb that excitement for ya. Lee is barely even in the film and it's pretty obvious that they just flew him in for a quick couple scenes so they could slap his name on the cover. His character is entirely unimportant to the plot, which is a damn shame and a total waste of his talents.