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The Dwelling

By Dylan Andresen | November 27, 2019

The bed itself is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and looks beautiful. I don’t know if it was an actual antique co-opted for the movie or created for the film specifically. But if it was the latter, the props department deserves special commendation for their evident talent. 

“One of the more gruesome effects I’ve seen.”

My only petty point of contention concerns the film’s title. The Dwelling, at least from my perspective, is a confusing choice as it has no bearing on the events of the story whatsoever. Almost the entirety of the story takes place in a hotel room, which can only be considered a dwelling in the most liberal of interpretations. But the movie is not about the room; it’s about the bed. This is made all the more perplexing when you discover the movie’s original title, Bed of the Dead, which to my mind, is the better choice, if not the most creative, as it both rhymes and tells you exactly what to expect from the story. 

All in all, it is a fine movie that will satiate your desire for a cheap thrill or a quick scare. But sadly, The Dwelling does little to innovative or engage the audience with the story it is telling. Rendering it to have little to no re-watchability. Though it does effectively make you suspicious of your bed of a night and nothing more.

The Dwelling (2019)

Directed: Jeff Maher

Written: Cody Calahan, Jeff Maher

Starring: Colin Price, Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andres, George Krissa, Hazma Fouad, etc.

Movie score: 5/10

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"…a bed no one will want to sleep on."

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