Picks and Pans Review: Cold Creek Manor

UPDATED 10/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis
THRILLER

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Anyone considering buying a house in the country might want to make sure the previous owner isn't a psychotic hunk who'll apply for a handyman job with you as soon as he gets out of jail. That's what happens to the Tilsons (Quaid and Stone), a nice Manhattan couple who relocate with their two kids to a rundown mansion in Upstate New York. When the ex-owner (Dorff) comes back, bad stuff—a dead pet pony, snakes in the beds—starts occurring.

Despite a decent cast (especially Quaid) and director (Mike Figgis of Leaving Las Vegas), Manor is a mediocre genre thriller. It starts off semi-promisingly, building some psychological depth into its characters, but then goes where far too many similar movies have gone before.(R)

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