The Vagrant

1992

Comedy / Horror / Thriller

4
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 1037

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Bill Paxton as Graham Krakowski
Colleen Camp as Judy Dansig
Michael Ironside as Lt. Ralf Barfuss
Marc McClure as Chuck
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1hr 31 min
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1hr 31 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by owlfy 7 / 10

Criminally underrated Bill Paxton thriller/dark comedy

I love me some Bill Paxton. Everyone should love Bill Paxton. He has since passed away but even before that I viewed him as a national treasure. If you can watch Weird Science, Aliens, The Vagrant, Tombstone, Near Dark, Twister, True Lies, A Simple Plan, or Frailty and not be enamored by him in at least one of those films, you need to re-evaluate your life.

Paxton plays Graham Krakowski a hardworking lower middle class citizen who purchases a fixer-upper. His new purchase is being intruded upon by a vagrant who proceeds to drive him insane. Graham believes the vagrant is a killer but others refuse to believe him. Is Graham going crazy or is this intrusive old man really a murderer?

I had a lot fun watching this slightly unknown gem. It's quirky and fits right in with Paxton's known nuttiness. He turns almost everyone against him as he slowly lets a weird vagrant encroach upon his personal life. Even though he can't afford it, he spends a substantial amount on building a fence around his whole residence, installing alarms and cameras. He becomes extremely paranoid and even dreams about this dirty old vagrant breaking into his house. Maybe he has the right to be paranoid? Give this one a try. Some great low-key humor with some thrills.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

Offbeat and enjoyable horror black comedy

Anal and ambitious neurotic yuppie accountant Graham Krakowski (well played to nerdy and uptight perfection by Bill Paxton) buys himself a new house. However, Graham's life gets turned upside down by the unwelcome and unsettling intrusion of a crafty and dangerous bum (a creepy and menacing portrayal by Marshall Bell, who looks positively hideous sporting grotesque make-up) who used to squat in said abode. Director Chris Walas maintains a snappy pace throughout, ably mines a wickedly funny line in inspired oddball black humor, and does a sound job of sustaining a quirky tone as well as adeptly crafts a deliciously wigged-out paranoid atmosphere. The clever script by Richard Jefferies not only astutely explores the basic yuppie fear of failure and poverty (Graham transforms from smug affluent executive to scruffy down-on-his luck redneck during the course of the wacky story), but also delivers one real doozy of a surprise twist concerning the homeless man's true identity and actual motives for ruining Graham's life. The solid cast keeps this picture on track: Michael Ironside as hard-nosed detective Lt. Ralf Barfuss, Mitzi Kapture as Graham's unreliable girlfriend Edie Roberts, Collen Camp as kooky and horny real estate agent Judy Dansig, Patrika Darbo as cheery trailer park resident Doattie, Marc McClure as Graham's loyal and amiable friend Chuck, Stuart Pankin as stern boss Mr. Feemster, and Teddy Wilson as easygoing blind guy X-Rays. Moreover, this movie has a delightfully over-the-top cartoonish quality that in turn makes it quite a loopy hoot to watch. The slick cinematography by Jack Wallmer and John J. Connor provides a cool stylish look. Christopher Young's energetic heavy-breathing score further enhances the overall outré mood. Recommending viewing for fans of out of the ordinary fright fare.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 4 / 10

Didn't hold up too well on a rewatch.

Only this year has this combination black comedy / psychological thriller / urban paranoia flick / satire finally gotten a DVD release, thanks to the fine folk at Scream Factory. That would be good news to those who are fans, but for this viewer, who hadn't seen it since it hit VHS, it has to rate as a failure. An interesting failure, for sure, but a failure, none the less. Of course, this is just personal taste speaking, but I didn't find it funny often enough and was a little put off by the over the top, cartoonish performances in the three main roles. Still, it's wacky and offbeat enough to sustain itself for a while, until the final third when it goes downhill.

A production of Mel Brooks's company Brooksfilms, this was the final directorial effort for effects veteran Chris Walas, who returned to what he did best afterwards. Bill Paxton stars as Graham Krakowski, a wimpy yuppie who buys a fixer-upper house across the street from a vacant lot. Soon Graham comes to be terrorized by a towering, hideous, disease-ridden bum, played by character actor Marshall Bell of such movies as "Total Recall" and "Starship Troopers". The bum frequently squats in the aforementioned lot, but also lets himself into Grahams' home whenever he likes. Graham eventually wonders if he's letting his own darkest inner thoughts and imagination get the better of him.

This probably could have been a bit better had it not resolved itself the way that it does. Walas's direction is adequate, although it may have been nice had he reined in the actors a bit. Michael Ironside scowls his way through the role of a cranky detective; other familiar faces include sexy ladies Mitzi Kapture ('Silk Stockings') and Colleen Camp ("Clue"), Patrika Darbo ("Hatchet"), Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen from the Christopher Reeve "Superman" series), Teddy Wilson ("Life Stinks"), and Stuart Pankin ("Arachnophobia"). Christopher Youngs' score is a little unusual and amusing. Production design by Michael Bolton is also noteworthy.

Even with its faults, this may have the makings of a cult favourite for some tastes.

Four out of 10.

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