The Perfect Tenant

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror, Thriller

Upon release from the local insane asylum, clean-cut Danny Summer (Maxwell Caulfield) poses as a sanitarium employee and rents a room from single mom Jessica Michaels (Linda Purl). When he was a lad, Danny's predatory papa committed suicide on Christmas Eve, in response to sex abuse charges filed by the then-teenage Jessica. Although Jessica's savvy daughter...read more

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Upon release from the local insane asylum, clean-cut Danny Summer (Maxwell Caulfield) poses as a sanitarium employee and rents a room from single mom Jessica Michaels (Linda Purl). When he was a lad, Danny's predatory papa committed suicide on Christmas Eve, in response to sex abuse charges filed by the then-teenage Jessica. Although Jessica's savvy daughter Laura (Stacy Hogue) smells a rat, vengeful Danny worms his way into Jessica's confidence. The only fly in Danny's payback plan is his fiancee and former nuthouse pal Rachel (Tracy Nelson), who doesn't want her wedding plans spoiled. In short order, Danny installs his sister Lucy (Melissa Behr) in Jessica's catering business, induces a heart attack in Jessica's father, slays the hard-to-kill Rachel, and eliminates Laura's boyfriend. Now, all that's left to do is kill Jessica and abscond with her inheritance. This D.O.A. thriller sets up its sketchy characters as targets to be systematically picked off by a psychopath, and every generic shock will be picked out by viewers in advance. Among the actors, only the underrated Caulfield impresses; unlike his gullible prey, you'll see through Danny's smile immediately, but Caulfield's diabolical gleam will keep you interested.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Upon release from the local insane asylum, clean-cut Danny Summer (Maxwell Caulfield) poses as a sanitarium employee and rents a room from single mom Jessica Michaels (Linda Purl). When he was a lad, Danny's predatory papa committed suicide on Christmas Ev… (more)

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