The Tenant (2010)

Written and directed by Ric La Monte.  Starring J. LaRose, Bill Cobbs, Jenn Sterger, Sylvia Boykin, Georgia Chris, Ashley Totin, Justin Smith, Randy Molnar and Michael Berryman.

Plot: 20 some years after a doctor does some horrible experiments, a group of people get stuck in his closed down asylum with a deformed freak

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Now, I am going to give away the entire story because that’s all I know how to do to truly explain this movie.  So….

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28 years ago, Dr. Newman (Molnar) was doing experiments on psych patients, but then his wife got pregnant with twins and demanding he stop.  Mostly to save money for her babies.  But there’s this Nurse Tinsley (Boykin), who is crazier than the doctor and injects something into the wife, negatively affecting one of the twins.  When she gives birth, it’s to a healthy girl and a deformed son that they immediately whisk away.

Skip to present day, a group of people, including five deaf kids and their aids and teachers, get rained into the old asylum.  First only two girls disappear, but then another person and another person and so on and so on until they all see the “freak” and realize it’s him that’s snatching and killing people.

The whole time it’s taking itself far too seriously.  If it had played around a bit more it could have been one of those so-bad-they’re-good movies, but it wasn’t.  First time we saw the “freak” though, we were pleasantly surprised that he looked so terrible and terrific at the same time.  And the only reason I keep putting “freak” in quotations is because he’s a deformed man, he’s not a freak.  His motive is poor.  Not all deformed or disabled people go out killing people.  That’s just not how life works.

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Anywho, on with the story.  Nurse Tinsley shows up at the asylum and sees the van for the deaf kids and gets worried, so she calls the cops.  This is so out of character, I don’t understand at all.  And later on, of course, one of the center’s workers, Liz, finds out she’s the deformed man’s sister.  Like we didn’t see that coming.  At first she wants to try to talk to him, to reason with him, but then she lets Jeff (LaRose) kill him, so there goes even more character continuity.

At the end, it turns out that the doctor has been alive this whole time and under the care of Nurse Tinsley, who for some reason, is not arrested.  So, she collects a sample of Adam’s (the “freak”) blood and tells the doctor that they can make another just like him.  Like WTF?  Why would you want to you sick little thing?

We were pretty mad at this movie for being so ridiculous.  And we didn’t like the “freak” motive as I mentioned before.  There were no rules, it was unrealistic and the opening was quite confusing while the end was just nasty.  We don’t recommend.

My score: 36.  DJ’s score: 31.

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