When the lockdown was first announced down here in Texas, my initial reaction was, “Well, at least I can clean out my DVR now….”
Unfortunately, it didn’t really work out like that. First off, I got caught up trying to work my way through my collection of DVDs and Blu-rays. Then, I ended up getting distracted by my efforts to binge my way through The Sopranos, Oz, and Deadwood. And suddenly, here we are! It’s nearly June. The lockdown is in the process of ending. And I’ve barely made a dent on working my way through the 230 programs that I have on my DVR.
Earlier today, I decided to finally get to work by watching the Lifetime film, A Killer In My Home. A Killer In My Home originally aired on the Lifetime Movie Network back in February. I was on vacation at the time so my wonderful sister was nice enough to record it for me. Watching it was an interesting experience, just because there weren’t any COVID-19-themed commercials. Instead, there were a ton of commercials for Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg. I mean, seriously — whenever you think about how bad 2020 may be right now, just remember that, even before everything shut down, we had to spend a month and a half dealing with the Tom and Mike charm offensive.
As for the film itself, it tells the story of Allison Wright (Bree Williamson) and her daughter, Hollie (Hannah Vandenbygaart). Allison and Hollie appear to have the perfect life. Not only do they live in a huge house but Hollie appears to have the perfect future ahead of her. Soon, she’ll graduate high school, get a nice car, and go to a good college. But then, Allison’s husband and Hollie’s father suffers a heart attack! While he’s dying in the hospital, he’s visited by Jenna Fallon (Krista Bridges) and her withdrawn son, Joshua (Percy Hynes White). When Allison demands to know why Jenna is visiting her dying husband, Jenna explains that she had an affair with Allison’s husband and Joshua was the result. Apparently, Allison’s husband spent years visiting and financially supporting Jenna and Joshua. Now that he’s dead, Jenna and Joshua have no one left to provide for them.
Now, if you were Allison, what would you do in this situation?
Would you say, “Tough shit, you whore. Get out of here and take that bastard with you!”
Would you say, “Why don’t you come live in our guest house?”
Now, to the film’s credit, Allison’s initial reaction is to tell Jenna and Joshua to go away. However, a few weeks later, Allison has a change of heart and she allows Jenna and Joshua to move into the guest house. Jenna and her son are supposed to stay away from the main house and out of Allison and Hollie’s lives. Needless to say, things don’t work out like that.
Soon, strange things start to happen. There’s a break-in at the house. Despite her efforts to ignore him, Joshua still tries to talk his half-sister. Jenna starts to throw biker-populated parties at the guest house. Despite the fact that she claims to have no money, Jenna is able to buy her son an expensive jeep. Allison comes to realize what we realized from the beginning: Jenna has sinister motives of her own! The only question is whether or not Joshua shares those motives or if he’s just a pawn trapped in a game he didn’t intend to play.
A Killer In My Home is okay. If I’m not as enthusiastic about it as I am about other Lifetime films, it’s because I never believed that Allison would 1) allow Jenna to stay in the guest house and 2) allow her to continue to stay in the guest house even after it became obvious that some seriously strange stuff was going on. Allison lost my sympathy by doing that. However, I did really like Krista Bridges’s performance as the unstable Jenna and I though Hannah Vandenbygaart gave a good and sympathetic performance as the daughter who is basically just sick of dealing with the adults in her life. I could definitely relate.
Finally, the house was nice. Lifetime movies always feature the nicest houses and A Killer In My Home featured one of the best!