Parents' Guide to

The Inhabitant

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strong, realistic teens in otherwise silly horror thriller.

Movie NR 2022 97 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Clever elevated horror

Absolute stunning performances by a tremendous cast. Odessa is a gem. Creative approach to an American icon - will elicit research into the history of Lizzie Borden. Intense portrayal of mental health challenges. Complications of the trials of teenage love explored delicately here. Some slasher violence, but not overdone. A clever and terrific elevated horror.

Is It Any Good?

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This silly horror thriller doesn't always work, especially toward the end, but it earns points for its complex family relations and the genuine way its troubled teen characters speak and behave. The Inhabitant hinges on a ridiculous idea: that Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her family with an ax in 1892 and subsequently acquitted, was actually a homicidal maniac capable of passing down her brand of murderous intent to her descendants. The movie itself seems fascinated with the monster version of Borden, without really asking why.

But Tara and her younger brother have a rapport that feels organic. They're clever and quick witted and able to tip the balance of power in their favor; their little showdowns are most amusing. (Their parents, played by Leslie Bibb and Dermot Mulroney, are frequently at a loss.) Moreover, Tara's interactions with her boyfriend, her best friend, and authority figures help portray her as a well-rounded character, full of ever changing nuance. As a result, the world set up by The Inhabitant seems to dig into real-world emotional struggles, and it's easy to be touched by them. It's too bad the movie springs a dull, poorly played whodunit on viewers in the end, as well as a race against time to save the day. This movie had the stuff to be something much better, but, still, the good parts make it worth a look.

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