Hammer Films continues its revival with this sick little thriller starring the always watchable Hilary Swank. She plays a rather bruised city doctor who is trying to move on from her cheating husband (Lee Pace in a bland, underdeveloped role). She rents a beautiful loft apartment from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, where all kinds of wrong start to happen. Initially romantic between them, it is quickly revealed that Swank's new landlord is a very dark soul with a very unhealthy sexual obsession with her.
This is a straight-forward, old-fashioned thriller with a bit of an edge (you'll feel the edge when you see some of the things Morgan doesn't!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hardly a classic but a great Saturday night in movie.
Christopher Lee's role is extremely minimal, but still a lovely tribute to the Hammer of old.
Swank gives it her all, as she does with any role she takes on and it is great to see an actress of her calibre trying out genre films like this, especially the jaded thriller. Grey's Anatomy fans may never look at Jeffrey Dean Morgan in quite the same way again. He is fantastic here, creating a character with depth, and a fairly realistic villain.
Looking at Hammer's official website, it doesn't look like they have any new films in production beyond their next, 'The Woman in Black' starring Daniel Radcliffe. Hoping they manage to keep going, as it really is great to have old-school spooky flicks back, in a way that only Hammer can deliver.