Nell and her husband Steven are looking for a business, as well as a home, when they come across the Lusman Arms apartment block. They move in and begin renovating the building, in which a series of weird killings begin to take place. When she finally discovers the supernatural evil behind it all, she gets more than she bargained for! —IMDb
Though he has worked in the horror and dark fantasy genres for more than two decades, producer-writer-director Tobe Hooper’s significant contributions can all be traced to just two films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist (1982). Though produced under very different circumstances — the former was an ultra-low-budget exploitation potboiler while the latter was a major studio spectacular — both films were major commercial successes that reflected the zeitgeist of their day. Surprisingly, neither had quite the salutary effect on Hooper’s career as one might have expected. The filmmaker’s current viability, such as it is, has resulted from a canny shift to creating, producing and directing genre projects for the small screen. A popular artist who once helped set trends in entertainment evolved over time into a smooth craftsman striving to ride the wave of his genre’s acceptance into the mainstream.
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Solid return-to-form from Hooper, which works best as an architectural mystery, where the building, the construction and the layout of it, plays a central role in the plot. It's not exactly The Library of Babel or the last few pages of Death and the Compass, but it does gesture towards the same preoccupations as something like Inferno by Argento. The "slasher" aspect is less well developed - the stuff of countless DTV monster movies - but Angela Bettis is a likeable enough lead and gives the film some much needed credibility.