The Lodger

Synopsis: The tale of a serial killer in West Hollywood has two converging plot lines. The first involves an uneasy relationship between a psychologically unstable landlady and her enigmatic lodger; the second is about a troubled detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the elusive killer, who is imitating the crimes of Jack the Ripper.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Director(s): David Ondaatje
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films/IDP
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Get back behind the line, please.

- Detective.

- Wilkenson, right?

- Yeah.

- Okay, what have we got?

Well, the techies are done,

so they covered her up.

This way.

- What?

- It's a hooker, sir.

It's pretty nasty.

- Any witnesses?

- No.

What's wrong with you?

Bill and I had a couple of drinks

after work last night.

Until 4:
00 a. m.?

The victim was a young woman

in her thirties.

L.A. County Police are expected to

issue a statement here,

at the West Hollywood Sheriff's station,

in a few minutes.

But speculation is they believe the murders

may have been designed to imitate

those committed seven years ago

by Alonzo Rodriguez.

The murder weapon in use was a knife.



In July, after an extraordinarily short

appeals process,

Alonzo Rodriguez was executed

for brutally murdering two women

- in West Hollywood, both prostitutes.

- Oh, my God.


Detective, do you have any indication

why the murderer would imitate

the Rodriguez case?

I'm not going to talk

about the Rodriguez case.

As far as I'm concerned,

this is an isolated incident.

Can you confirm that

the victim was a prostitute?

It does appear that the woman

was a prostitute,

but I'm afraid that's all I can say right now.

Detective Manning, one more question!

So, how much is left?

We have enough for this month.

Maybe two more payments.

Only three people have come

to look at it since May.

Drop the rent to 800.

Any more of

those effeminate f***ing little knocks,

you're gonna get

some unwanted attention, Detective.

Who says it'll be unwanted?

- Oh, Jesus Christ.

- Hey, I asked for Palmdale,

but I guess LASD thought

I'd fit in better in West Hollywood.

Yeah, maybe outside the building.

- No wonder your last partner quit.

- Let's get something straight.

Can I use that word?

Somebody must have been f***ing

brain dead to assign a rookie to this case.

- Look, I spent 14 months...

- I really don't give a f***.

Just don't throw any of that sh*t in my face.

Man, you're worse than my dad.

This just came in.

Isn't that supposed to stay sealed?

Who else has seen this?

It's better to start up and dust down,

so the dust doesn't fly up into your face.

- Good.

- Watch this.

I can hear you, Ellen.

I'm going out.

Take your damn pills.

No one's gonna rent this place

if they think the landlady's a lunatic.

Well, what if the landlord is?

- Hello?

- Hi, hon. It's Dad.

- Hi, Daddy.

- Listen, darling,

I was thinking about visiting your mother.

No, you can't. Please.

Why not? She's allowed visitors, isn't she?

Because she's isn't ready to see you yet,

that's why.

- Did she tell you that?

- No, the doctor did.

What about you? Did the doctor say

anything about you staying away from me?

No, Dad. Look,

I'm just really focused on Mom right now.

- What about dinner?

- Dad, I've got midterms.

I've got a lab due on Thursday,

there's a paper due in a couple of weeks

- and it's just...

- No, no, no, I understand.

- I'm just really busy right now.

- Yeah. I know.

No, it's okay. I've got...

- Got a lot of work to do here, myself.

- I really gotta go.

- Sure.

- Maybe tomorrow.

Tomorrow. Okay.

Just a minute.

- Hello?

- I'm sorry,

I should have called first.

I was walking past,

- and I noticed your sign.

- Yes.

I've been looking for a quiet room,

and a guest house sounded lovely.

Come in.

Smells good.

So, have you just moved to L.A.?

Not really.

I'm just looking for something new.

You know, something to inspire me.

Oh, I'm sorry. It's this way.


You would be welcome to

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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