Posted by: Peter Hall
Written and Directed by Emil Hyde, 2009
I’ve never been noodling, but I imagine blindly thrusting one’s bare arm into the mouth of a catfish is not all that different from watching independent horror. Both find you wading through the muck and the mire with nothing more than a hope in your heart that the setting of the sun finds you with ten fingers, ten toes and, if you’re lucky, something to show for the painful ordeal.
I get a complaint from time to time that I review films people have either no chance or no desire to see. And that’s a valid gripe. I understand that you’d rather read about films on your horizon, but the truth is HND would be a very different landscape if I actually reviewed even half the stuff I get asked to take a look at. Frankly most of the films I’m fortunate enough to have come my way are not worth the time it takes me to write about them and are definitely not worth the time it would take you to read about them. So please indulge me on the rare occasion I actually enjoy a movie the general public has little practical chance of ever seeing.
THE LANDLORD is a horror comedy shot for less than $23,000, and I’m not bringing up that number out of surprise at what was accomplished for such a relatively little sum. Knowing that budget sets the stage. Emil Hyde’s film has uneven production values and it shows in almost ever scene. But what’s hurt by lack of funds is made up for by a truly amiable script that is laugh-out-loud funny and consistently entertaining throughout.