Pacific Heights

Year: 1990
Production Co: Morgan Creek Productions
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Schleisinger
Producer: Scott Rudin
Cast: melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Mako, Tippi Hedren, Dan Hedaya
Michael Keaton's first movie out of the gate after Batman might have been an exercise to ensure he wasn't typecast, but this generic thriller was just one of many fairly indistinct roles he took on at the peak of his powers following the 1989 smash.

In one of his rare bad guy roles, he plays a serial tenant who moves from house to house preying on landlords by steadily stripping flats, never paying the rent, driving other tenants away and making his landlords' lives a misery in a world where all the rights are on the side of the tenant. Why he does this is either never explained or just not an important enough part of the story to remember.

The landlords this time are cute but ineffectual couple Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine, and they're determined to outwit him at his own game when he moves into the dream house they're renovating, a tenancy that starts to feel more like an invasion, turning from sour to scary and then to deadly.

Take note of the San Francisco-located house, you've seen it in dozen's of movies from the work of Hitchcock to Interview With the Vampire.

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