Directed by: Petra Haffter
Actors: Anthony Perkins, Uwe Bohm, Sophie Ward
Also known as: Der Mann nebenan, L’uomo della porta accanto, The Man Next Door
Description: Anthony Perkins, daddy of all cinema maniacs, in his role. His character – a maniac Strangler, sexually communicating only with a dummy. For some reason it has not attracted new tenant-namesake, and Johnson began fouling Johnson Psycho interfering in his love letters.
Review: A stiff guy of fifty leads a single, supposedly respectable life, as employee and bookkeeper for a small business and part-time lease enthusiast for his landlord. He has rented a flat in the building for 20 years because deep in its cellar, unbeknownst to anybody else, is a manikin that he periodically “strangles” in order to satisfy his homicidal urges. The figure’s location in the basement, the darkness, the furtiveness, all are essential to the solitary man’s pleasure. The tenuous psychological equilibrium he has been able to keep is threatened whenever a youthful man, healthy in mind, a and body, a doctoral prospect in psychology, becomes a roomer in the house. Risk the older guy senses from the minute the new tenant appears is horribly recognized for him when the young man finds the mannequin and utilizes it as the figure in the bonfire at the man Fawkes evening celebration he has organized for the local children. The reputable fifty-year-old now must go back to the roads to find flesh more yielding than a mannequin’s…