The Perfect Stalker Film Review
About the film
- Director: Curtis Crawford
- Producer: Donald M. Osborne, Curtis Crawford
- Released: 2016
- Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
- Distributed by: Reel One Entertainment
Each afternoon there is a film on Channel 5 here in the UK, and if it takes my fancy I will sit down and watch it. One film that was on the other day that interested me was a film called The Perfect Stalker. I like Crime and Thriller films and this one looked good. Of course, being an afternoon film, it had to be suitable for daytime TV too, but I thought the storyline looked good.
The film begins with Grace and her husband Harvey at a therapy session. The therapist diagnoses her with Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD), and offers her help for this. But Grace refuses to believe there's anything wrong with her. Harvey even takes her back to a time at a dinner party when she showed up one of the guests due to her behaviour. Later on, Grace murders Harvey when she electrocutes him when he is fixing a light, causing him to fall over and break his neck. Grace subsequently moves to a new area where she meets her new neighbours Robert and Erin. They are a lovely couple and invite her round one afternoon to introduce her to the other neighbours and generally to be neighbourly.
It doesn't take long for us to see another side to Grace though. She becomes fixated on Robert and starts thinking about the life she can have with him, and having him all to herself. So she hatches a plan so she can get her claws into him. She invents a stalker, so he has a reason to come round and protect her. So Robert and Erin start assisting her in protecting her property, putting in an alarm system and having her stay round their place when she gets scared. But what we see is another side to Grace when things start going wrong. Wayne is the local neighbourhood watch and keeps an eye on what's going on in the area and is there to generally help people with concerns and the wellbeing of the residents. But when he starts getting a sniff of what Grace is up to, he 'accidentally' falls down the stairs. We also see the murder of Erin. In Grace's eyes, and bearing in mind she has a personality disorder, Erin was getting in the way of her and Robert, and Erin was no good for him.
The film ends in a way I didn't expect, and I like that in a movie. What is interesting is that, although there were only 4 main characters in the film, it had drama and plenty going on to have me watching till the end.
I found the film interesting and engaging. I had never heard of Histrionic Personality Disorder before, so this is something I've learned. And by Grace having HPD, it shows how much she wants and needs attention from the people around her. And also, how far she'll go to get the person she feels she needs. I certainly found the film gripping towards the end, and the outcome is different to how I imagined it.
The storyline I thought was well written, and the acting was excellent. I thought the characters of Robert and Grace worked well together and had a connection on screen. It surprised me how Grace can seem to be 2 very different people. On the one hand, she comes across as a normal, everyday young lady who interacts well with people. Then on the other hand, we see a deranged and lying killer. Her erratic and eccentric behaviour is shown throughout the film as she lives with this condition, which she is in denial of.
The Perfect Stalker Official Trailer
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