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The 4th Floor (1999)

Duration1h 30m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Norway: 15 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJosh Klausner
Writers/ScriptJosh Klausner
StarringJuliette Lewis, William Hurt, Shelley Duvall, Austin Pendleton, Tobin Bell, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.8/10 by 5064 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 33% by 3 reviewers. Review2view 6/10.

Elevator Pitch: Jane moves into a rent controlled apartment on the fifth floor of a small apartment building despite the efforts of her older boyfriend to get her to move in with him. When she moves her furniture around making a noise there are knocks on her floor from below and a note threatening her is pushed under the door.  She becomes antagonistic towards the unknown person one floor below and continues to make a noise. This results in a trap being laid for her on the stairs, and she falls down a flight. Also the knocking on her floor becomes to frantic that the tiles in her kitchen are broken. Her front door lock is tampered with, but when she calls the locksmith it turns out to be a man she has seen behaving strangely in the next building. What is going on?

Content: No sex or nudity, although Jane wanders about in her apartment partially disrobed and sees some smooching going on in the building across the way. Quite a lot of tension as she interacts with the hidden protagonist in the 4th floor. She talks to her older boyfriend a bit and we are unsure whether we like him. As her situation escalates we see maggots and mice in her apartment and later there is a glimpse of a maggot infested body. 

A View: This was a straight to video outing which did not make much of an impression on anybody, but actually it is not too bad and there is a twist. In my new scoring system I have given it a 6/10 which means it is just worth a view.

Other Juliette Lewis films include Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn and one of the oddest of them all Dreamland .

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