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Hider in the House (1989)

Director: Matthew Patrick

Writer: Lem Dobbs

Music by: Christopher Young

Producers: Edward Teets; Michael Taylor

Keywords: Thriller

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Gary Busey
29-Jun-1944   The Buddy Holly Story
Jake Busey
15-Jun-1971   Identity
Carole King
9-Feb-1942   Tapestry
Michael McKean
17-Oct-1947   This Is Spinal Tap, SNL
Mimi Rogers
27-Jan-1956   Someone To Watch Over Me


Gary Busey   ...   Tom Sykes
Mimi Rogers   ...   Julie Dreyer
Michael McKean   ...   Phil Dreyer
Elizabeth Ruscio   ...   Rita
Bruce Glover   ...   Gene Hufford
Leonard Termo   ...   George -- Exterminator
Peter Henry Schroeder   ...   Dr. Spencer
Candy Hutson   ...   Holly Dreyer
and introducing
Kurt Christopher Kinder   ...   Neil Dreyer
Chuck Lafont   ...   Dr. Gordon
Johnny Green, Jr.   ...   Bernard
Bob Neill   ...   Tom's Father's Voice
Carole King   ...   Tom's Mother
Jake Busey   ...   Teenage Tom
Ryan Sheridan   ...   Tom's Child's Voice
Martin Goslins   ...   Maitre D
Rebekka Armstrong   ...   Attractive Woman
John Del Regno   ...   Desk Clerk
C. James Lewis   ...   Policeman
Christopher Cory   ...   Patient
Russell Bobbitt   ...   Patient
Michael Childers   ...   Party Guest
Brian Krutoff   ...   Party Guest
Michael Cutt   ...   Charlie


Review by Russell W. Ramsey (posted on 21-Mar-2005)

Hider in the House continues a macabre theme developed in an earlier made-for-TV film called "Bad Ronald." It is the idea that a psychiatrically deranged person is living, in secret, in the household of a normal middle class American family. Gary Busey shows the gradual revelation of a "troubled" adult into a very sick, manipulative psychopath. An administrative goof results in his clearance to obtain a rented room and get on with his life under minimal supervision. He finds a suburban house with a hidden panel in the attic, which he converts into a tiny room that isn't obvious from the outside. A nice family buys the house, he falls in love with the Mom, he defends their little boy from the neighborhood bully, and actually gets away with "knowing" the family in one life while carrying out a troubled and progressive scheme to kill the Mom. He kills the bug spray guy, the postman, and the family dog for "accidentally finding him" in the attic. He watches the family secretly in thrilling scenes, then manipulates the husband into a sexual fling with a "girl at the office." The wife gets an "accidental" phone message to this effect, catches the hubby misbehaving, and chucks him out of the house. Busey's villain then descends into the house to assault and kill the wife. The hubby, suspecting several things, returns just in time to save the wife, and they are reconciled after they kill the intruder. Thrilling, with subtle psychological sub-themes. The film deserved a stronger cast with a bigger budget.

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