Points for execution.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
New rule: No more creepy little girls who walk all weird and have their hair in their face. Haven’t we seen enough of those in The Ring, The Grudge, and a million other horror movies? One of them crops up in The Other Resident, but only for a moment. When we see her later, with her clothes stained with blood and her hair out of her eyes, she’s far scarier.
There’s nothing too original about this movie. I’m giving it points for execution, though that’s not entirely flawless either. The first half of the movie sounds completely dubbed; I was reminded of Woody Allen’s first movie, What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, which is just people saying stupid things in English over a Japanese spy film. The main character of The Other Resident has schizophrenia, so I’m open to the possibility that the film is deliberately disorienting. Still, it seems artless.
The movie is about a young woman who moves into a new place with her teddy bear, Winston. Her landlord is a creep. She complains to her therapist that she’s “starting to hear things again.” Then the little girl from The Ring shows up. Does the little girl have a terrible tale to tell? Is there some misdirection going on with the landlord? Do ducks fly south in the winter?