Kari Matchett in Intimate Stranger (2006)

Stalker in the Attic

Investment broker Karen Reese (Kari Matchett) is not short of male attention but for her there is one man who comes first, her son Justin (Matthew Knight). But Karen finds herself becoming close to Denis Teague (Peter Outerbridge), a seemingly perfect guy who is there for her when some strange things start happening around the house and gets on well with Justin. That is until Karen feels that he is moving things too quickly and decides to call time on their relationship. But following the break up Karen and her son find themselves victims of even more strange occurrences around the home which leave them feeling spooked.

So who's the creepo in the attic spying on Karen and behind the strange events going on in the house? That is very much the driving force of "Intimate Stranger" from the minute we get to see someone with their own little monitoring suite in the eves of her attic, but of course we don't see who it is. As such is bachelor numbers one; the handsome Denis who seems over keen to please Karen. Maybe it is bachelor number two, the boss who is not shy in making his feelings known to Karen and is disappointed when she starts seeing Denis. Or how about bachelor number three, Justin's father, who does not have a good relationship with Karen. And of course the movie leads you in a certain direction but with a little bit of doubt so you wonder whether maybe it is one of the others or even someone unknown.

Unfortunately this sort of stalker movie with a creep in the attic is pretty routine and as such for those familiar with the concept will know that "Intimate Stranger" is a case of waiting for the reveal to come and the danger to materialize with Karen having to fight back. What it also means is that whilst Kari Matchett brings to life the various aspects of her character, such as not wanting to be controlled by a man, the character is pretty routine and at times the movie feels like it relies on Matchett's good looking nature.

What this all boils down to is that "Intimate Stranger" is nothing special with a pretty routine sort of storyline but is entertaining enough even though the storyline is pretty generic.