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August 5, 2015
Was a fun horror to watch. Doesn't take itself too seriously and has some good comedy. Reminds me of an obscure movie you'd come across flipping channels late at night.
April 26, 2014
The Vagrant is another horror film recently rescued from obscurity by Shout! Factory's Scream Factory label. The movie tells the story about a young successful guy who is being terrorized by a vagrant in his new apartment. The movie goes for a dark comedy feel, but doesn't always succeed. There are moments when I laughed out loud and was drawn into it, but never fully. I also didn't care for the girlfriend character, who was more or less bitchy and uninteresting. The movie probably would have worked better if it wasn't a black comedy, at least not as overtly, but by itself, it can still be an entertaining watch, but just don't expect to want to see it more than once.
March 23, 2014
It's scrambled, but entertaining. Early stars, some humor, and a bit of a wacko plot. Simple at times, dull at others, but memorable enough to stand out.
½ February 15, 2014
Nobody believes new house owner Bill Paxton when he finds himself terrorised by a murderous tramp. Is it all a paranoid delusion? Could he be the one that is becoming insane? The Vagrant is a pretty good little comedic horror movie. Creepy and funny. Definitely worth a rental.
September 2, 2012
The little film that couldn't. It tries hard to be an odd black comedy but ultimately just ends up being odd and not in a good way. Fans of The Cable Guy might be interested
May 5, 2012
Pedestrian thriller that fails to achieve what it set out to.
July 20, 2010
This is a movie that in no way takes it self seriously. The plot is farcical, the actors over play there parts and the directon is over done. The result is pure cult. Its a shame that this movie is not available on DVD. Bill Paxton plays a yuppy Graham Krakowski who buys a house and ends up being menaced and framed for murder by a strange and sinister Vagrant played by the always excellent Marshall Bell. Soon people start dieing and all fingers are pointing in Krakowski direction. The movie surfs the fine line between comedy and horror very well. Mainly because the movie doesn't try to fit into any real category, its not exactly horror, its not exactly comedy. it could be called black comedy but i most people who have seen it would call it, Unique.
Super Reviewer
½ April 13, 2010
I remember the bum giving me nightmares when I was little
December 2, 2009
The Vagrant stars Bill Paxton as an ordinary businessman who buys his first house in an area that's not really one of the safest, especially when he finds out a mutilated vagrant (Marshall Bell) has been squatting there for some time. As a result, the two engage in a small war against each other as Paxton is convinced the vagrant haunts him every night and kills people around him. Everything is questioned though as the audience starts to wonder if the vagrant is actually doing all of this bad stuff (or if he even exists), and whether Paxton's character is mentally stable. Detective Michael Ironside is definitely one of those convinced it is Paxton committing the heinous crimes. As if this cast weren't already badass enough, Colleen Camp (Wayne's World), Stuart Pankin (TV's Dinosaurs), and Patrika Darbo (Hatchet) show up in some fun roles. In the mid-90's, before he became an A-list star, Paxton had already amassed a sizable cult following in many cult classics (Aliens, Predator 2, The Dark Backward, etc), however, The Vagrant was his chance for a leading role, one that is pretty fun to watch him in. Underrated actors Bell (Total Recall, Starship Troopers) and Ironside (um...Total Recall, Starship Troopers) finally get some great, sizable roles in the Vagrant as well. The film was directed by Chris Walas, normally an effects guy (who more than makes up with this film after debuting with the awful Fly 2), and written by Richard Jefferies, who also wrote Scarecrows and Cold Creek Manor. Overall, the Vagrant plays as a horror comedy, and manages to dish out both elements pretty well, especially for being a small-scale early 90's film. One particular scene that had me laughing my head off involves the lead character's mom and her exit from a courtroom. Tried and true gag, but definitely a good tool to use for a rather dark film. Good movie overall. The Vagrant definitely deserves to be taken out of VHS limbo and brought back to life on glorious DVD.
½ October 28, 2009
If you are honestly going to take a movie about Bill Paxton stalked by a creepy homeless guy seriously then you probably won't like it. If you can find the humor in that then it's worth a watch. And yes Mel Brooks did produce this.
½ June 16, 2009
This is one of those films that kinda sucks, yet has some unknown draw to it.
May 31, 2008
A strange little film. Well worth checking out though. Bill Paxton getting terrorised by this nutty evil homeless dude. Horror/Suspense/Comedy
January 25, 2008
An underrated classic

Vagrants are cool
Super Reviewer
½ October 3, 2007
Bill Paxton awesomeness with a little Ironsidamania thrown in to boot! This film is great fun and Paxton's character's slide down society's ladder is great (I especially love his reaction to his mother's funeral fiasco). Great stuff, brought to you by, if I remember correctly, Mel Brooks!
thefog1331
Super Reviewer
October 3, 2007
The little film that couldn't. It tries hard to be an odd black comedy but ultimately just ends up being odd and not in a good way. Fans of The Cable Guy might be interested
½ August 5, 2007
This is a movie that Bill Paxton probably doesnt want you to know he starred in!! It actually is a pretty good thriller and has some tense and scary moments. Bill Paxton crosses the wrong vagrant and makes his life a living hell!! It's worth watching!!
June 21, 2007
hell yes! if you can find it. watch it. 5 stars for hilarious entertainment you will never forget.
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