Second Sight, £9.99 (DVD)
Young couple Joanna (an impressive Tianna Nori) and Geoff (Mark Matechuk) sublet an eerie flat in an equally eerie building when Geoff gets a promising job opportunity. With Geoff constantly away to focus on his career, Joanna is stuck at home with their baby, feeling increasingly isolated. Left to her own devices, she begins to suspect that something horrible has happened in the flat and that the building may be haunted. Since the story of The Resident is hardly original, the potential success of the film depends on the execution, and first-time director John Ainslie thankfully makes the most of the low budget and simple premise. The visuals are moody and haunting, helping to create a delirious sense of time being warped, and the story unfold with suspenseful momentum. However, the film stumbles towards the end, where the sloppy execution of the climax to some extent undoes all Ainslie’s good work, making the final product rather formulaic, if generally enjoyable.