Leonard Grey(James Caan)has spent the last 30 years of his life as the Janitor in Jericho Mansions, totally confined by the terror of agoraphobia, he can barely look outside the windows, let alone set foot outside this building he tends. The landlady Lily Melnick(Genevieve Bujold)despises him and wants him gone, especially after the death of her husband and a murder within the building, she becomes even more driven to be rid of him, but why? The tenants are an assortment of dysfunctional characters, seeming to add to the conspiratorial atmosphere within this residence. He is befriended by Donna Cherry(Jennifer Tilly), who warns Len that his life is in danger if he stays. Already haunted by flashbacks that don't make sense to him, taunted constantly by Melnick, he begins to doubt his sanity, and wonders if he may in fact be capable of leaving the confines of the walls and has. The chain of events that follow finally reveal a shocking secret. To say more about the synopsis would ruin it for viewing. It could be said that with a bigger budget, in the hands of a different Director and Producers, this may have had the potential to be much more suspenseful and a better film, the story is great, and the cast are capable of much greater performances, however, it is a watchable film, not great or memorable, but worth watching-especially a second time when you know what is really going on in this creepy place. Given that at the time I am writing this review, this film can be purchased for less than £1, the DVD is just the film-no extras or commentaries, it's a bargain!! I have paid much more for films that have been less satisfying than this one.
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