Resident Movie: 2011 Horror / Thriller Film
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Running time 88 min.
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director Antti Jokinen
Screenwriter Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr
Music John Ottman
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace, Aunjanue Ellis, Michael Massee, Penny Balfour, Peggy Miley, Kisha Sierra, Michael Showers, Alexandria Morrow, Cliff Gravel, Sandi K Shelby
Co-production UK-USA; Hammer Film Productions
Genre Thriller. Horror. Drama
The Resident - OFFICIAL TRAILER
She Thought She Was Living Alone
Juliet (Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby), 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? Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey's Anatomy) and screen legend Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) costar in this pulse-pounding shocker from famed horror studio Hammer Films (Let Me In).
The Resident – review
5 stars | 2 out of 5 stars.
Hilary Swank stars in a silly, but sometimes scary movie about a Brooklyn apartment with a difference. Christopher Lee contributes a sinister supporting turn. By Cath Clarke
Hilary Swank's recently divorced doctor clearly hasn't seen enough by-the-book thrillers, or she'd be asking why the rent on her fabulous new Brooklyn apartment is dirt cheap. Or why the building is vacant except for her nice-guy landlord Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his grandfather (Christopher Lee, superbly sinister). Generic and intermittently silly, The Resident does get under the skin, with a drip drip of paranoia as it dawns on Swank she is being watched – landlord Max has converted the building into a peeper's paradise of spy holes. As for Swank herself, she's far better in gutsy, ain't-no-mountain-high-enough roles – she's basically sitting pretty here until the final chapter when things get nailgun nasty.
TOMATOMETER CRITICS 37% | AUDIENCE 27%
August 16, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
Andrew Simpson / Fan The Fire
The Resident fails to scare or entertain, and giving Christopher Lee the slightest of roles merely draws attention to how far short it falls short of its studio's heritage.
March 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
Nigel Floyd / Time Out Top Critic
Swank is typically credible as a confident yet vulnerable professional woman, and Morgan is subtly convincing as the insinuating Max.
Like ‘Paranormal Activity’, this creepy psychological thriller taps in to fears about invasions of our private space. But the threat here is tangible rather than supernatural. Still raw from her husband’s betrayal, ER surgeon Dr Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank, pictured) moves into a new apartment in Brooklyn. The low rent and charming landlord, Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), both seem too good to be true, and so it proves. Max is soon ogling her though spyholes as she bathes and creeping around her bedroom while she sleeps. When Juliet’s ex reappears, Max’s sexual and physical threats escalate, forcing her to defend herself with smart thinking and a nail-gun.
Finnish director Antti Jokinen makes effective use of CCTV security footage captured on motion-sensitive cameras that the suspicious Juliet instals; Swank is typically credible as a confident yet vulnerable professional woman; and Morgan is subtly convincing as the insinuating Max. Sadly, Christopher Lee – in his first Hammer movie for 30-plus years – is wasted as Max’s crotchety grandfather.
**March 19, 2011
Not bad. Typical horror/thriller-build ups and loud scares. Great acting from Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilary wasn't her surname minus the S as usual.
**½ March 19, 2011
Nothing new here
A waste of hilary swanks talents
*** March 18, 2011
It's rare than finn gets to direct hollywood movie. It's even rare that it has oscar winner (Hillary Swank) and horrorlegend (Christopher Lee) in it. Movie tells a story about lady-doctor who moves to rental apartment that seems too good to be true (huge apartment for low price at good location). After a while she starts to gets these feelings that someone is watching her ... and maybe someone is :) Well, very mediocre thriller/horror that is forgotten as soon as it ends. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is very charismatic actor and Christopher Lee always has such a huge presense. I can't stand Hillary Swank. So if you don't count finnish director this movie has nothing special to offer.
**** March 18, 2011
I loved this movie!! not an original storyline but had an element of SWF/4th floor and many other suspence thrillers ive enjoyed. Not a typical part for Jeffrey dean morgan to play a psycho but he played it well and very creepy!!! on the dwnside was dissapointed to not see very much of Christopher Lees charachter. Worth a one time watch
*March 18, 2011
Want to watch a movie shoot itself in the foot? Twenty minutes into this thriller, it reveals itself in a manner that renders it immediately dramatically impotent. From that moment on, these aren't characters, they're two-dimensional pawns in a chess game of screenwriting psychobabble. Too bad, because it's well photographed and cast.
**½ March 18, 2011
This really is a movie to switch your brain off and not think about much. Absolutely ridiculous and so stupid that it spoils it. It wracks up the tension towards the end of the film although so much has got out of control that at points it's laughable.
* March 18, 2011
She's tidy enough but this is bawz!
*** March 18, 2011
Jeffrey, what have you done??
**** March 18, 2011
Good cast and a tasty remake of the old recipe. Original or not it was fun to watch.
Why condemn it when all other so called good movies these days repeat themes and methods as well and then pretend to be something special?. It was a good one to see. Loved its simplicity.
**March 17, 2011
A thriller without any thrills!
**March 17, 2011
SPOILER: meh...... one very cute-freak-stalker-psycho-finally-dies-in-the-woman's-hand story.... i am not satisfied. MEH i said...
**½ March 17, 2011
The freaky bits are funnier than they are creepy, but it's kinda ok if you're really desperate to watch a psychological horror.
**½ March 17, 2011
to be honest it was'nt what i expected. disappointing story, acting and ending. i would'nt buy this on dvd and i didn'nt really get it to be honest. the trailer made it out to be more scary and horrific then it actually was.
Two-time Academy Award winning actress, Hilary Swank has graced some of this decade’s most fascinating films. An actress as well as a producer, Swank is involved with several highly anticipated projects.
Hilary most recently starred in and executive produced the Fox Searchlight biopic ‘Amelia’ alongside Ewan McGregor, and Richard Gere in 2009. Next up, Hilary will be seen in Fox Searchlight’s ‘Conviction’, which she also executive produced, based on the true story of a working mother who puts herself through law school to free her wrongfully convicted brother who is serving a life sentence. Set for release in late 2010, Hilary stars alongside Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver.
In 2008, Hilary and producer Molly Smith launched the production company 2S FILMS and inked a two-year first-look pact with Warner-based Alcon Entertainment. Projects in the works include ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat’ based on the 2004 bestseller by Mireille Guiliano, a romantic comedy about a young, single woman living in New York who learns some tough life lessons about truly loving yourself and ‘Sweet & Vicious’ a light- hearted comedy about female friendship and the pitfalls of success, currently both films are out to directors.
Currently in production is ‘Something Borrowed’ based on the debut novel from author Emily Giffin, about a woman who falls for her best friends fiancé. Other projects in development are ‘You’re Not You’ based on a novel by Michelle Wildgen, about a woman suffering from a terminal illness and an aimless young woman who enters her life as a caregiver and ‘Falling Out of Fashion’ based on the debut novel by Karen Yampolsky, which centers on a woman who leaves a Georgia hippie commune for New York City with dreams of becoming a magazine editor.
In 2007, Hilary starred in two films which showcased her range in talent both from director Richard LaGravense. First in the drama, which she also executive produced, ‘Freedom Writers’ opposite Patrick Dempsey, based on the inspirational true story of school teacher Erin Gruwell, followed by her starring role in the romantic comedy ‘P.S. I Love You’, opposite Gerard Butler and Kathy Bates.
Swank has won two Best Actress Academy Awards, an extremely rare accomplishment and testament to her talent. She won her first Oscar for the role of Brandon Teena in the 1999 drama ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. She also won a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics Award for her portrayal of Brandon. Additionally, the National Board of Review recognized Swank’s work with the Breakthrough Performance of the Year Award, and she earned BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations.
In 2005, Swank won her second Academy Award for her starring role as boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, ‘Million Dollar Baby’, opposite Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. In addition to her Oscar, Hilary won her second Golden Globe as well as a SAG Award, National Society of Film Critics Award and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Maggie. That same year, Hilary earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her portrayal of suffragette Alice Paul in the HBO movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels’.
Hilary Swank is an Executive Producer on THE RESIDENT.
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN
Morgan previously co-starred with Swank in Warner Bros.' ‘P.S. I Love You’.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's charisma, undeniable charm and versatility have landed him a variety of prestigious films working alongside a number of award-winning actors and filmmakers. Having worked nonstop in back-to-back features the past few years, Morgan has captured the attention of Hollywood and has emerged as one of the industry's most sought-after leading men.
Last year, Morgan starred in Warner Bros.' ‘Watchmen,’ director Zack Snyder's (‘300’) adaptation of the iconic graphic novel. He played the pivotal role of Edward Blake/'The Comedian,' a Vietnam vet who is a member of a group of heroes called the Minutemen. It is the storyline of 'The Comedian' that sparks an investigation which leads to a bigger conspiracy, linking the Minutemen's past to catastrophic consequences for the future. USA Weekend's Lorrie Lynch proclaimed, "Jeffrey Dean Morgan has the best chance to become an A-list star, with what looks like a movie-stealing performance as the cigar-chomping antihero, ‘The Comedian.'"
Earlier this year, Morgan starred in the feature ‘The Losers,’ an adaptation of DC-Vertigo's acclaimed comic book series about a band of black ops commandos who are set up to be killed by their own government. The team barely survives and sets out to get even. Morgan stars as Clay, the leader of the group. The film is produced by Joel Silver and directed by Sylvain White. Warner Bros. released ‘The Losers’ on April 23, 2010.
The in-demand actor recently wrapped production in upstate New York filming the independent feature ‘Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding’ alongside Catherine Keener and Jane Fonda with director Bruce Beresford (‘Driving Miss Daisy’). The story revolves around conservative lawyer Diane (Keener), who brings her son and daughter to visit their estranged, hippie grandmother, Grace (Fonda) in Woodstock, New York after her husband asks her for a divorce. Morgan stars as Jude, a musician and carpenter who falls in love with Diane. Also starring is Chace Crawford, Rosanna Arquette and Kyle MacLachlan.
Prior to ‘Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,’ Morgan was on location in New Orleans filming the independent murder mystery ‘The Fields.’ In the film, based on a true story, Morgan plays a detective transplanted from New York who teams with a local investigator, played by Sam Worthington. Together they work on a series of unsolved murders in industrial wastelands surrounding Gulf Coast refineries, where as many as 70 bodies turned up over the past two decades, and wage a war against the unknown assailants. Michael Mann produced, while his daughter Ami Canaan Mann directed.
Morgan has completed production on the MGM/UA's upcoming reboot of the 1984 action movie ‘Red Dawn’. The plot focuses on a group of teenagers who form an insurgency, called the Wolverines, when Chinese and Russian soldiers invade their town. Morgan plays the role of Lieutenant Andrew Tanner, leader of the U.S. Special Forces who finds the Wolverines
Also in the can is The Weinstein Co.'s period drama, ‘Shanghai,’ under the direction of Mikael Hafstrom (‘1408’). The film stars John Cusack as an American who returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months prior to Pearl Harbor and learns that his friend Connor (Morgan) has been killed. While trying to solve the murder, he discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding.
In the fall of 2009, Morgan appeared in Focus Features' ‘Taking Woodstock,’ directed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. He also starred opposite Uma Thurman in Yari Film Group's romantic comedy, ‘The Accidental Husband.’ Additional feature credits include a cameo role opposite Rachel Weisz in Warner Bros.' comedy ‘Fred Claus,’ and the independent office comedy ‘Kabluey,’ in which he plays a charismatic yet smarmy co-worker to Lisa Kudrow's character.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC's smash hit series ‘Grey's Anatomy’. His dramatic arc as heart patient Denny Duquette, who wins the heart of intern Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had recurring roles on The CW and Warner Bros. Television's drama series, ‘Supernatural’, and on Showtime and Lions Gate Television's award-winning comedy series, ‘Weeds’.
In his spare time, Morgan enjoys barbecuing on the grill, reading, watching movies and listening to his favorite band, The Eagles. The Seattle native also loves to root for his home team, the Seattle Seahawks. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his dogs Bisou and Bandit Morgan, a puppy he rescued in Puerto Rico while filming ‘The Losers.’
Marking his return to Hammer Films after 34 years with THE RESIDENT, legendary actor Christopher Lee portrays August, grandfather to Max (Morgan).
A veteran of film, theatre and television and still very much in demand, Lee has starred in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy for New Line Cinema, ‘Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones’, and ‘Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith’ from LucasFilm as well as ‘The Golden Compass’ in recent years. Prior to his roles in these blockbusters, Lee starred in the critically acclaimed independent picture ‘Jinnah’, which he considers the most important movie of his career, and the epic BBC miniseries ‘Gormenghast’.
For director Tim Burton, Lee has starred as the Jabberwocky in 2010’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, as Mr. Wonka, Willy’s dentist father, in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and also in ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘The Corpse Bride’.
In 2008 he appeared in ‘The Colour of Magic’ by Terry Pratchett (voiceover for The Voice of Death) and ‘Boogie Woogie’. That year, he also filmed ‘Triage’ and Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘1939’. He followed this with fantasy adventure ‘Season of the Witch’ with Nicolas Cage.
Lee was educated at Summer Fields preparatory school and took a scholarship at Eton College and Wellington College, where he was a classical scholar in Greek and Latin. After leaving school, he worked as an office boy and messenger in London and during five years of World War II he served in the Royal Air Force and Special Forces. He was decorated for distinguished service and held the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
After demobilization in 1946, Lee entered the film industry in 1947 and was, for a time, under contract to the Rank Organization and later worked extensively for Hammer Films. He has appeared in the theatre and in operatic performances and has recorded for radio worldwide. Most recently, he recorded an album with the world famous metal band Rhapsody, and recorded the single The Magic of the Wizards Dream, which entered the music charts. He also recently recorded a solo album and DVD entitled ‘Revelation’, which has already gone platinum.
The directors for whom Lee has worked over the years include John Huston, Raoul Walsh, Joseph Losey, George Marshall, Orson Welles, Nicholas Ray, Michael Powell, Edward Molinaro, Jerome Savary, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, John Landis, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Andrei Konchalovsky. He has filmed in Russian, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and has worked in numerous countries all over the world.
Lee has appeared in more than 250 film and television productions, amongst which the best known are ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘Dracula’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Wicker Man’, ‘The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘The Man with The Golden Gun’, (of which the author was his cousin, Ian Fleming), ‘1941’, ‘Airport ‘77’, and ‘Gremlins II’. “He considers the most important point in his career to have been as host of ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1978 with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin. It is still the third highest rated show of the series.
Lee holds the world record for more sword fights on camera than any other actor in history. He is also an honorary member of three Stuntmen’s Unions and performed all of his own stunts for most of his career.
He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and German fluently and can “get along” in Swedish, Russian and Greek. His hobbies are travel, opera and golf. Lee has been married for 46 years to Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke. They have one daughter, Christina. After living some years in Switzerland and California, they are now residents in the United Kingdom.
Amongst his publications are an autobiography ‘Tall, Dark and Gruesome’, as well as ‘The Great Villains’, ‘Archives of Evil’ and ‘The Films of Christopher Lee.’ Also ‘The Authorized Screen History’ by Jonathan Rigby (Foreword by George Lucas). Lee is listed in the ‘Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats’ as being the international star with the most screen credits. He was awarded the London Film Critics Dilys Powell ‘94 award for his work as an actor and services to the film industry. He was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and most recently (2009) received a knighthood from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and he is a Commander Brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the world’s oldest order. In 2002, at the height of his career, he was awarded the prestigious Lifetime World Actor Award in Vienna from the hands of Mikhail Gorbachev. He was named by the French Government Officer of Arts and Letters. The most recent edition of ‘The Guinness Book of Records’ also states that he is the most connected actor in the film business. The Internet Movie Database states that the films of Christopher Lee over 60 years have grossed more than any other actor in the history of cinema.
In 2003, Lee Pace starred in the Sundance hit, ‘Soldier’s Girl’, an extraordinary film created for Showtime. The film was based on the true story of a trans-gendered nightclub performer in love with a soldier who is brutally murdered for their relationship. His breakthrough performance garnered him nominations for both the Golden Globes (‘Pushing Daisies’) and the Independent Spirit Award, and he won a Gotham Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.??
Though he was born in Oklahoma, Lee spent his early years living in the Middle East. His family eventually moved back to the States, first to New Orleans and later, Houston, Texas. Lee attended high school in Houston, where he first began acting. He got so involved with his craft that he actually dropped out of high school to perform at the local Alley Theatre. Once he completed his final high school courses, Lee was accepted to The Juilliard School's Drama Division in 1997.
During his time at Juilliard, Lee honed his acting skills in such classic roles as Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the title role in ‘King Richard II’ and Cassius in ‘Julius Caesar,’ among others. After graduating with a BFA from Juilliard, Lee starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, ‘The Credeaux Canvas’, as well as being part of the Vineyard production of ‘The Fourth Sister’.
In the spring of 2004, Lee starred a limited engagement of the Off-Broadway production ‘Small Tragedy’ and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Awards in the category of Outstanding Actor.
Most recently, Pace has starred in ‘A Single Man’, the first movie from legendary designer Tom Ford, along with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. He also starred opposite Sarah Michelle Geller in ‘Possession’ (2009) and worked with Amy Adams and Frances McDormand in ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day’, (2008) Pace also worked for actor/director Robert de Niro in ‘The Good Shepherd’ (2006) and for director Tarsem Singh in ‘The Fall’ (2006). He also appeared in the Truman Capote bio-pic ‘Infamous’ (2006) along with Gwyneth Paltrow and Signorney Weaver and worked for director James Ivory in ‘The White Countess’ (2005).
On the small screen, Lee was recently seen as a recurring character in ‘Pushing Daises,’ (2007-2009) episodes of ‘Law and Order,’ and displaying a delightful comedic side in the brilliant, but short-lived, Fox series ‘Wonderfalls’ (2004).
ANTTI J. JOKINEN- DIRECTOR
Jokinen was born in Nurmijärvi, Finland and was awarded a basketball scholarship by East Carolina University, graduating at the top of his class with a major in Broadcast & Film. While in college, he made a short film based on Jim Morrison’s poetry entitled ‘Fist Full of Sand’ which won a filmmaking award at the North Carolina Film Festival and attracted attention from the executives at MTV in New York City. After graduating, Mr. Jokinen moved to New York and worked for MTV as an assistant producer on the music shows ‘Awake on the Wild Side’, ‘MTV Rocks’ and the seminal ‘Yo! MTV Raps’.
Returning to Finland, Mr. Jokinen co-founded his own production company, Solar Films, which has grown into Finland’s largest TV and film producer. Solar Films has produced two of the top ten grossing Finnish films in history. During his years in Finland, Jokinen directed and co-wrote two successful drama series for national television. ‘Under The Starlight Lamp’ and ‘The Bridge,’ which won several television drama awards in Finland. He also directed and co-wrote a “faux” documentary ‘Bioterror’, which was shot in English and distributed via Canal Plus to ten different countries around the world, including the US.
After CVC-Report ranked him as one of the top ten upcoming directors in the world, Jokinen was approached by several music video production companies for representation in the United States. He quickly became one of the most requested music video directors worldwide and continues to work with renowned artists such as Will Smith, Beyonce, Eminem, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Missy Elliott, Shaggy, Kelly Clarkson, and numerous others.
Mr. Jokinen currently runs his own production companies Estar Studios and AJ Storm Inc. in Beverly Hills, California, and is attached as a director/producer to an Estar Studios fantasy film, ‘Nicholas North’, which is based on a screenplay written by him and Matthew B. Wilder. He also has two of his own original screenplays in development.
Mr. Jokinen has won the following awards:
• Best video of the year award, ‘Much Music’, 2002
• MTV nomination, best pop video, Kelly Clarkson ‘Moment Like This’, 2003
• Award, best video of the year, Nightwish’s ‘Nemo’, 2006
• Muuvi award, best video of the year, Apocalyptica featuring HIM, ‘Bitter Sweet’, 2005
• MTV Gold award, best video of the year Nightwish’s ‘Nemo’, 2006
• Shots International Commercial Edition Award Sas