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House Of Doom , Gloom and Mystery,
This review is from: What Remains [DVD] (DVD)
A house is divided into five apartments. The mummified body of a resident (Melissa) is found in the attic. She has been there for at least two years. The other residents have not missed her and profess to knowing little if anything about her. David Threlfall (superb as Detective Len Harper), believes she has been killed by someone in the house. He is widowed and just retired so officially should not be on the case that becomes an obsession. Gradually the dark sides and secrets of the occupants are revealed with their underlying emotions, especially of anger and jealousy. Tony Bagsallop, the series writer, has produced an effective, tense and often brilliant whodunit. The plots stretch the imagination at times, but the acting and characters are excellent by a mostly unglamorous cast and the cinematography first-rate.
Harper seems to empathise with the emotionally neglected Melissa and the loneliness she had to endure which he fears for his own future. The threat of being alone along with control are strong features of this four-parter where couples prefer to be together whatever the circumstances even in this hell-house. The ending is dramatic and controversial, mostly out of context with previous happenings. Also, the killer could have been a non-resident who could have entered the house as it was mostly empty during the day and doors locked. The body must have given off some malodourous smell and Melissa had no mail, not even junk, through the letter box to arouse suspicion. With subsequent events, these would have not been in anyone's interest and the writer, correctly, keeps matters on one site. Just a few thoughts). Nevertheless, this is a captivating, entertaining and thrilling murder mystery.