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College student Chris (Michael Reed) is tired of dorm life, so he takes
a room at a boarding house ... which shows both promise - two pretty girls
his age, Laura (Sarah Nicklin) and Rocki (Evalena Marie), who seem to be
happy about the new arrival - and challenges - the eccentric gouverness
(Debbie Rochon) who hates him and her weird butler (Michael Thurber), who
just seems to be scheming for the scheming's sake. For some reason, none
of these people seem to ever leave the house ... but no matter, it's only
for a few weeks before summer holidays, and hey, Laura seems to be more
than a little interested in Chris - much to the dismay of the gouverness
mind you, but what can she do really, Chris and Laura are both old enough
to decide for themselves?
Well, for example, she can push Chris down a
flight of stairs to his death - which she does, too. Immediately
thereafter, she pretends to be all in tears, but nobody in the house
believes her for a minute - still, nobody calls the police, either,
instead the butler embalms the body, and when Laura shortly thereafter
steals the body to use him as her, errr, bedpal, nobody seems to be all
that bothered. There's just one boarder (Rich Tretheway) who wants to get
out of the house after all of this, but the gouverness is pretty with a
By now it's bloody obvious there's something very wrong with this
boarding house, and it's even worse than just a bunch of psychos living
together, but things come to a head when Rocki invites a guy for her and
Laura to party with ... and the gouverness and the butler don't like it
one bit - and they're armed ...
If vintage horror pulps and
psychological thrillers of old (anything from 1940's film noir to 1960's Hammer
suspense movies) are your thing, and you like your stories absurd and even
slightly on the perverted side (though the perversion's in the mind rather
than on screen), this is a must-see, a wonderful dark comedy that always
favours the macabre over the obvious punchline, that presents one with a
wholly original story made up from story elements that might be genre
mainstays that nevertheless develop a dynamic of their own, and fleshed
out eccentric characters aplenty. Now add to this a great cast - Sarah
Nicklin and the always dependable Debbie Rochon bouncing off one another
perfectly, and Michael Thurber is enjoyably creepy, and great direction
and camerawork that intentionally rely more on thrillers of old (including
black and white imagery) than recent shockers, and you've got yourself a
pretty good film.