Fantasia Festival Movie Review – Slumlord

In the first shots of Slumlord we see a computer screen showing CCTV footage of an empty house. We are informed on-screen that 8.000 people were recorded in their home last year without their knowledge

Ryan (PJ McCabe) & Claire (Brianne Moncrief) are a young couple who are expecting their first child. They have just decided to rent a home in the suburbs and settle down into the family life. What they don’t know is that their new landlord has set-up hidden surveillance cameras around their new home, and is watching their every move.

Slumlord takes the home-invasion sub-genre to a whole new level. it’s more invasion of privacy, than it is home-invasion. He still goes into their home when they are out and messes with their stuff, but the couple not knowing that they are being watched and where the cameras are placed makes it more unsettling and unnerving……I have already told the Mrs to do a full sweep of our apartment before I go to bed.

When the landlord  (played brilliantly by Neville Archambault) is perving, and looking at the CCTV, it offers the viewer a look into Gerald’s sleazy, dark world. We are basically looking through his eyes when we see those scenes . This man is repulsive and its apparent that the guy is a sleaze from the moment we first meet him

There is a lot more going on with the stories, but I am going to keep this as spoiler free as I can. A review I read gave away a few little bits of the story. I  think these scenes will be way more effective and creepy if you don’t know they are coming.

Not perfect, but a brilliant directorial début from Victor Zarcoff. The best thing I could possibly say about Slumlord is that it left me with the same feeling I got when I watched Jaume Balagueró’s fantastic, Sleep Tight.

Looking forward to seeing what this man unleashes on us next.

 

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