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Stranger in the House (2016)

TV-PG | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 July 2016
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A bitter and greedy retired businessman is killed in a mysterious fall, and his adult daughter blames his manipulative and creepy but seductive new wife, Samantha. Who is Samantha, and is she capable of murder?

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Allan Harmon

Writer:

Roslyn Muir
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Jade
Matthew MacCaull ... Marco
Jordana Largy ... Samantha
John Novak ... Wayne
Karen Holness ... Chantal
Dan Payne ... Luke
Gina Stockdale Gina Stockdale ... Mrs. Knowles
Anthony Harrison Anthony Harrison ... Vance
Michael Kopsa ... Finch
Jessica Harmon ... Dr. Harding
Kirsten Van Ritzen ... Reporter
Susan Wilkey Susan Wilkey ... Sally
Erika McKitrick ... Lacey
Conan Graham Conan Graham ... Det. Meade
Gig Morton ... Thomas
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Upon returning from her honeymoon, Jade discovers that the caregiver she hired to look after her recently widowed father has seduced him into marriage and has the run of the home. When he suddenly dies following a fall, Jade suspects foul play and launches her own investigation after finding out that her new stepmother had her father change his will leaving his new bride nearly everything. It's a race to expose the truth and bring her father justice while protecting her legacy. Written by http://www.marvista.net/Details.aspx?id=e42e3e03-3845-e511-83e0-d4ae527c3b65&cname=features

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2016 (Canada) See more »

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A betolakodó See more »

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16:9 HD
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Lifetime Folk Tale
14 April 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

An accident occurs...

"One year later," wealthy survivor John Novak (as Wayne Griegson) is left widowed. He has also lost the use of his legs and must use an inhaler occasionally, to breathe...

Understandably glum, Mr. Novak resists beautiful daughter Emmanuelle Vaugier (as Jade) when she suggests hiring a caregiver so she and perfectly muscled Matthew MacCaull (as Marco) can go away for a honeymoon. Surprisingly, their spectacular seaside mansion has no visible hired help, so they hire plain and frumpy Jordana Largy (as Samantha) to look after Novak. While the newlyweds are in Hawaii for a month, Ms. Largy starts more and more curvaceous skin. Turning pretty, she develops a taste for plunging necklines and short-shorts. This attracts Novak's attention. Suddenly, he's a new man. By the time Ms. Vaugier and Mr. MacCaull return, things have changed...

There is nothing new about this story. Writer Roslyn Muir follows the "Lifetime" TV movie formula very closely, completing her assignment with high scores. The lush setting and cinematography, by Neil Cervin, is attractive and steady. "Stranger in the House" doesn't take any risks, but director Allan Harmon and his crew manage to make the familiarity feel like a pair of comfortable old shoes. As they check off each cliché, you feel the release of knowing transmitters in your brain. These variations don't always work, but this one looks nice and respects its viewers. When you know what's going to happen, you're still interested to see how the characters are going to make each stupid move...

They make you feel smart.

****** Stranger in the House (4/9/16) Allan Harmon ~ Emmanuelle Vaugier, Matthew MacCaull, Jordana Largy, John Novak


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