The Bottom Line
- Gory deaths
- Solid makeup effects
- Good character design
- Annoying characters
- Uneven pacing
- Mediocre acting
- Starring J. LaRose, Aerica D'Amaro, Bill Cobbs, Michael Berryman, Jenn Sterger, Randy Molnar, Sylvia Boykin
- Directed by Ric La Monte
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
Guide Review - 'The Tenant' DVD Review
Fast-forward 25 years. The asylum is closed, the doc and his wife are dead and a young woman named Liz Holliman is chaperoning a group of kids from the Roslyn Center for the Deaf when their van breaks down in the pouring rain. The driver, a crotchety ex-con named Jeff, leads them to the abandoned asylum for shelter, but little do they know that the deformed boy never left, and he's now a homicidal grown-up who fiercely defends his turf.
The Tenant is sort of like Hatchet 2.5, with a hulking deformed killer dispatching intruders in an over-the-top, Jason Vorhees-ish manner. Unlike the Hatchet, however, The Tenant lacks any sense of fun or any likable characters. The pacing is awful, with a prologue that should take 15 minutes dragging on for a staggering 40. We thus don't get to the crux of the film -- the kills -- until more than halfway through.
Luckily for us, the kills are well done -- gory, graphic and with impressive old-school makeup effects -- and basically save an otherwise forgettable flick. Still, because the back story takes so long, the second half of the movie feels rushed. There's little plot other than an ultra-obvious twist, the dialogue consists of little more than people yelling at each other, the "hero" is a jerk who refers to the deaf kids as "dumb" and the set seems to consist of the same two plywood hallways filmed over and over.
The most recognizable faces -- veteran actors Bill Cobbs and Michael Berryman -- have only small roles, so don't look for them to add much to the movie. As flawed as it is, The Tenant does deliver the main draw for a slasher movie -- blood 'n guts -- but genre fans might be hard-pressed to stick around waiting for it to appear.
Special features include deleted scenes, featurette and bloopers.