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Review of Fangoria’s The Occupants

Chris Egan 6 Comments Movie Page: The Occupants (2014)
Lucy and Wade are a young, happily married couple. They both have good careers, a new home and a new baby. Lucy helps abused women and children and Wade does something great too, I guess. You never really find out what he does, but their house is super modern so it must be something that pays well.

Gradually. Lucy and Wade start to notice strange little disturbances. This eventually turns into them seeing full-blown apparitions walking their house, chopping vegetables and watching t.v. They seem to be the ghosts of an extremely dysfunctional family that previously owned the house. Things get worse and Lucy seeks help and guidance from various people, including their religious (and possibly abused) babysitter, a medium and her incredibly weird and smarmy ex-boyfriend/ex-therapist/colleague. Their “friendship” is so off and strange that I have literally no idea why she would seek his help or continue to eat lunch with him everyday even after he bashes her beliefs and Wade, who is a good husband and father. It really makes no sense in real-life terms. Also the medium is no help whatsoever and the babysitter becomes to disturbed to be of any real help either.

So Lucy and Wade are basically on their own for the entire film trying to decide how to handle the ghosts. After that there’s talk of ghosts, demons, a father/husband murdering his family, Lucy becoming afraid of Wade and not letting him touch the baby for absolutely no reason other than she’s afraid that he could be possessed by the evil dead dad; even though there is no evidence of this. We are then bombarded with about four insane plot twists as the movie progresses; each more implausible than the last. With each twist and progressively bad acting I was begging for the movie to end. And at barely 80 minutes, that’s really saying something.

I could take the low-budget production, the mediocre-too-poor acting for a while, but eventually with how awful the plot became (basically borrowing from every ghost movie ever) I actually started to get angry at the movie. I was going to rate this higher, but the pile of plot twists that had no basis and were basically cheats to make you question everything you’d seen I can’t give this movie higher than one star. My intelligence actually feels insulted by the way twists were just thrown in, holes and all. I’ll file this under avoid. I was really looking forward to The Occupants solely based on the fact that it’s a Fangoria produced horror film. Being “The First in Fright” it should have been at least decent, but I’m sad to say that I am severely disappointed with the final product.

The Occupants stars Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) and Michael Rady (The Mentalist) and if you’re still interested, it is available to rent on various VOD services and will be released on bluray and dvd March 4, 2014.



1 / 5 stars     

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      1. Caroline February 9, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        A load of garbage. Holes throughout and a jaded plot. The acting is wooden too. 80 mins I will never get back. Stay away at all costs!

      2. isabelle kreon February 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

        Have to say, I kind of enjoyed this movie. I found strange age discrepancies in that Lucy and her babysitter seemed almost the same age and her “ex” seemed,well, fatherly. The baby was quite content to never eat, stay wrapped naked in the same blanket for days and spend time downstairs in the playpen late at night by his lonesome. Having said that, I did enjoy the ending, didn’t have to pay to watch it and just loved Lucy’s HUGE brown eyes.

      3. twochickseat March 13, 2014 at 5:54 am

        This movie is just beyond awful. Probably the worst movie I’ve ever watched in my entire life… and that’s saying something.

      4. Carmen March 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        No wonder you didn’t like this movie. There were NO ghosts, there was not even a husband. Most of what happened existed only in her imagination because of the trauma she suffered as a child. I noticed that half way through the movie. Only things true: father killed rest of family, her therapist took advantage of her, got her pregnant and she snapped when the baby was born. I liked the movie, but I knew what I was watching. She was not even working with abused women, she was one.

        • Karen April 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

          Thanks, Carmen, for your review–it’s not really helpful when people just leave a comment saying how much it sucked and nit-picked it by saying there were plot holes but not giving an example. But I liked what you said about it, and frankly, it’s because of your review that I’ll give it a shot. Personally, I like the psychological thrillers over the typical ghost movies that rely mostly on “jump scares” rather than actual scary scenes and I absolutely hate gory movies, as they’re just more disgusting than they are scary. Disturbing, yes, of course, but actually scary? Not so much. (And I can take a lot of gore; I’m a nurse…..but the horrible stuff a lot of directors put into most of the so-called horror movies only prove that the people making them have a twisted enjoyment of depravity and cruelty. Not a lot of imagination involved–it’s more like a contest to see who can be the most disgusting among the other directors who make slasher movies.) Anyway, I really like your take on the woman’s circumstances; that there was no husband in reality, that she was abused by her therapist and how she snapped when the baby was born. And I think you’re right about people not enjoying it because they didn’t understand it; I know that for myself, I generally don’t like movies that I don’t understand–I get irked if I spend a couple hours of my time watching something that in the end made no sense to me. It’s annoying as hell for me if I walk away wondering what certain things meant or if it’s one of those movies that just end abruptly without answering anything, or at least, not answering anything for ME. LOL! Yep, sometimes I have to have it spelled out for me; there are times I just want definite definitiveness!!! ;)

      5. Ana March 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        The fact that a single lady is living in such a remote mansion tending to a small baby was horror enough to me. Come on! The Father did not absue this lunutic. He abused the baby by leaving it at the mercy of a clearly disturbed woman.