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Running Time:
119 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, language and some sexuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is a sluggish stalker thriller with few surprises and fewer chills. Except for a few visual effects, it comes off as nothing more than a untidy mess, completely lacking in suspense.

Additional Info:
dvd Features: Bonus alternate ending; Deleted scenes; "Rules of the Genre" featurette; "Cooper's Documentary"; Audio commentary with director Mike Figgis; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions; French-language track; Spanish subtitles.



Cold Creek Manor
Cooper Tilson (Dennis Quaid) is a documentary filmmaker living a typically frenzied Manhattan existence with his executive wife Leah (Sharon Stone) and their two children. When the younger child is almost hit by a car, Cooper decides to pack the whole family up and move them to the country. Within a few minutes, they're in upstate New York where they find a great bargain, a repossessed but rundown mansion with 1200 acres, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and dozens of rooms. So Cooper immediately buys the place and moves his family in. He even has enough money left over to buy himself a new truck and a horse. The first major sign of trouble comes when the family visits the nearby town and runs into a bunch of hillbillies drinking at the local gas station/grocery store/restaurant/bar. They resentfully refer to the family as "city folk." One of them turns out to be a surly, violent alcoholic whose family once owned their new home, Dale Massie (Stephen Dorff). But Dale lost Cold Creek Manor when he was in prison, because he missed making the mortgage payments and the bank foreclosed and sold it to The Tilsons. Now on parole, Dale volunteers to help them restore the house to what it had formerly been, and because they are both idiots, they graciously accept his offer. Dale had been married before, but his former wife and a couple of kids, have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Now he's shacking up in a trailer with an ultra-skanky girlfriend Ruby (Juliette Lewis). Bur obviously, what Dale really wants is to chase the the Tilsons off and reclaim the place for himself. He attempts this by subtly humiliating Quaid at every turn, infesting the house with snakes and even getting rid of the family pet in a most disgusting and familiar fashion. There is a germ of a decent plot somewhere in this mess, but the screenplay is just a collection of cliched scenes that inspire nothing but bad laughs and some of the scripting is so awful that it boggles the mind. Most disappointing is that director Mike Figgis, who made the excellent "Leaving Las Vegas" and a bunch of experimental films like "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" and "Time Code," that although less successful were still interesting projects. This time he has made the most pedestrian, hackneyed, conventional film that






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