Synopsis: A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders.
Runtime: 95 minutes
MPAA Rating: R - for violent content, language, and brief nudity.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Marie Belloc Lowndes' 1913 novel The Lodger, based on the grisly Jack the Ripper killings in turn-of-the-century London, has been grist for the movie pulp mill ever since its publication. Knockoff versions of the story trace the history of film, from Pabst's Pandora's Box and all the way to a psycho James Spader in Jack's Back. The most famous version of the novel itself was the first Hitchcock-style Hitchcock film: the 1927 silent flick The Lodger, starring Ivor Novello, who later recreated his role in a 1932 sound remake. The most atmospheric version of the tale was John Brahm's 1944 redux with the creepy Laird Cregar as the notorious murderer.
Now writer/director David Ondaatje has come along with a contemporary version of the story, taking place on the mean streets of L.A. And this new version of The Lodger also has atmosphere in spades.