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Occupant is a modern attempt of something like Polanski's, The Tenant. Polanski is the master of apartment paranoia thrillers, while Henry Miller made some trash here. The movie starts like a commercial for Gap, with a blogger girl randomly following our protagonist. He is going to occupy the apartment his grandma lived in, but will have to stay isolated in it for 12 days to maintain the lease. I won't reveal the "Twist", but it''s so obvious, yet doesn't make sense. There are a few twisted moments at the end, but overall the psychological aspect of this is trash, mainly because the director attempted to keep it hidden.
"Occupant" isn't the smartest effort of recent memory, nor is it the scariest, but it's certainly unique enough to be worth mentioning. The plot here isn't especially innovative, borrowing heavily from movies like "1408" and Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," but much like said inspiration, the execution is what differentiates this film from the slew of other cheap imitations. The movie is actually pretty sleek-looking for a lower-budget offering, and it makes effective use of its small, fairly-unknown cast, especially leading man Van Hansis, whose portrayal of a man grappling with his sanity is so convincing its unsettling. The atmosphere is dark, disturbing, and suspenseful, akin to an under-your-skin David Lynch head trip; it's that special blend of intentionally-ambiguous psychological thriller and supernatural horror that makes this a very carrot-on-a-stick experience, never allowing the viewer to turn away once the action begins its slow-burning buildup.
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I wanted to like this movie. I tried to keep an open mind. I decided that even though it was incredibly dull and slow moving with no particularly likeable characters, I would stick it out until the end because there was potential, and I was hoping it would eventually get better. Then came the scene where the fumigator kills the guy's cat, and I decided I shouldn't have bothered. There is nothing entertaining about torturing animals, and that in itself was enough to make me turn it off.
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