Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Lodger

A suspicious young chap checks into a boarding house in the projected murder site of a local serial killer and arouses the fear and anger of the owners when their daughter begins to take a liking to him. The Lodger, a British silent film inspired by the Jack the Ripper killings, was the first Hitchcock movie that The Master himself deemed to be sufficient. It is more of a comedy than a chiller, done in the director's wry style, and has a tendency to drag, but peaks with an absolutely fantastic finale.