Gary Busey has blessed the world with his unique but always entertaining performances and quotes.
Some samples for you to ponder, “Drinking your own blood is the paradigm of recycling” or “I’m going to pull your endocrine system out of your body” along with numerous other Busey-isms such as, “SOBER – Son Of A Bitch, Everything’s Real.”
To say he is a character would be an understatement. To cast him in a movie where he plays a mentally unstable guy hiding and living in someone’s house is both exhilarating and frightening at the same time. A big high-five to whoever made this happen. Busey was the absolute perfect fit for this film.
Busey plays a man with some demons in his past stemming from his troubled childhood. He is let out of custody for his earlier crimes as a youth and moves into that attic of an empty house. Soon after, a family moves in and Busey becomes obsessed with the wife played by the always delightful Mimi Rogers (Ginger Snaps).
Think about that. Gary Busey hiding in your attic. Freaking awesome plot!
The story is expertly crafted; Busey eventually befriends the family in social settings, of course, without their knowledge of where he is living. And when Busey finds out the husband is cheating on the wife, he ensures that Mimi finds out about it. This is all part of the big toothed man’s desire to get Mimi and start the perfect family that he never had.
In that sense, the movie is actually quite sad. I felt terrible about the plight of Busey’s character – a perfect example of what mental illness, abuse, and an imperfect system to treat those affected souls can create. The film itself is quite a statement about our society as a whole.
Busey also beats a man to death with a flashlight so there are moments of outright horror.
One of the most heart-breaking scenes I can remember in all of film takes place when Busey finally lands a date with Mimi but ultimately screws it up because of his lack of social skills. Make fun of the guy all you want but he is a great actor.
The end of the film is a little blasé when compared to the taught setup and rollercoaster ride that is the first hour. Don’t let that stop you though; I would have a hard time imagining anyone not finding this film at least watchable if not agreeing that is a very fine addition to the thriller genre.
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