I enjoyed Occupant and felt Van Hansis did a superb job as Danny Hill. As the movie progressed, he continued to impress me with his vast range of expression. His performance had me on the edge of my seat waiting for resolution to his plight. The special effects were creatively used and the music added greatly to one of my favorite scenes between Van Hansis and Cody Horn. The dynamics between Danny Hill and the Doorman, were eerie and sometimes startling. Symbolism and foreshadowing abound, a simple slasher film, this is not. Occupant left me with several questions at the end, but I enjoyed watching it more than once and pondering possibilities with other viewers
This film far exceeded my expectations. It was everything a dark psychological thriller should be. Suspenseful, intense, shocking, twisted and thought provoking. The set and cinematography created a certain mood that just added to the Polanski- esque feel of the film.
By the middle of the film, I felt like I was taking a journey into the disturbed mind of Danny Hill. Van Hansis' flawless performance made me both afraid of him and for him. He is definitely a sympathetic character. I could feel his pain and confusion as the movie progressed. His horror at what he had become by the end of the movie was palpable.
This is a movie that has no need to typical horror gimmicks or gratuitous gore and violence. I still don't really know if there was anything supernatural occurring in apartment 1003 or if it was all in Danny's mind. At the end of the film, I was left speechless and wondering about the writer, Jonathan Brett, and what goes in HIS mind that he created this story.