The Carpenter

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Horror

THE CARPENTER, a slow-paced, low-budget entry from Canada, focuses on a young couple, Alice (Lynne Adams) and Martin (Pierre Lenoir), who move into a new home in a strange suburban neighborhood only to be visited by the ghost of the previous resident, a carpenter (Wings Hauser) who was executed for murder. After a stay in a mental ward, Alice returns to...read more

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THE CARPENTER, a slow-paced, low-budget entry from Canada, focuses on a young couple, Alice (Lynne Adams) and Martin (Pierre Lenoir), who move into a new home in a strange suburban neighborhood only to be visited by the ghost of the previous resident, a carpenter (Wings Hauser) who was

executed for murder. After a stay in a mental ward, Alice returns to her professor husband and their new home, parts of which are still being constructed. Things go well for her until the night she hears odd noises coming from the basement. Though it features some surprisingly good production

values, THE CARPENTER fails both as a simple horror film and as a black comedy--its tragedy and violence neither exaggerated enough nor given the farcical spin necessary to suggest the dark humor of such films as MURDER BY DEATH or EATING RAOUL. Moreover, too many occurrences in the film are never

adequately explained. Doug Taylor's weak script and David Wellington's unfocused direction leave us with a frustrating, unbelievable film--a black comedy that isn't funny and a horror film without suspense.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: THE CARPENTER, a slow-paced, low-budget entry from Canada, focuses on a young couple, Alice (Lynne Adams) and Martin (Pierre Lenoir), who move into a new home in a strange suburban neighborhood only to be visited by the ghost of the previous resident, a ca… (more)

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