Hider In The House (1989) Review – ManlyMovie

Hider In The House (1989) Review

HIDER IN THE HOUSE, Mimi Rogers, Gary Busey, 1989. ©Vestron

HIDER IN THE HO– USE, Mimi Rogers, Gary Busey, 1989. ©Vestron

There are two ways to take this movie.  The first is to approach it as a serious thriller, which is probably not a good idea because it’s not the best thriller out there, or you can do it the other way… take it as a form of Buseyist art.  Gary Busey is a master troll, rivalled only by heavyweights like Nicolas Cage, or silent and smooth pros like Michael Keaton.  And like Michael Keaton’s troll performance in ‘Pacific Heights’, where he squats in another man’s house, Busey does something kind of similar here, hiding in someone’s attic.  It’s a premise so outrageous that it could only work if it was Busey in that attic.

At the beginning of the movie, Busey is released from the nut house, he is a man with a screw loose who killed his own parents as a child.  In an episode of massive ineptitude, the psych officers simply let the man walk out the door, offering one of the first of quite a few laughs. He soon wanders to a suburban home that is being refurbished in anticipation of a new family arrival, and while the workers leave for the day, begins constructing a secret compartment in the attic.  As the family moves in, Busey is hiding in the attic and soon begins eyeing the hot mother, Mimi Rogers.  And as Busey does not like the cut of the cheating father’s jib, he plots to oust Michael McKean and become the new man of the house.

Within seconds of first appearing on screen, Busey is full blast trolling the audience.  The maniacal laugh as he completes the door on his nuthouse attic room, or the showdown with the family dog as it smells and seeks out the fact that, y’know, a dude is hiding in the roof makes for hugely effective entertainment.  Another downright hilarious scene is when the rat fumigator arrives to initiate pest control, gassing Busey’s beloved hidden attic fort, with Busey being the figurative rat.

Eventually the movie becomes more serious and as it does so, sustains the humour as even the most blind person could not help but stand in awe of the giant, gaping and egregious plot holes.  Certain scenes just cut off completely with the cast teleporting to another area or house and you’re left wondering if entire scenes are missing.  But it’s all part of the charm.  This is a fine entry for Gary Busey fans.



  1. TheOldMcClane

    December 4, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Thanks. I love finding out about hidden gems like this one.

  2. Mucho Macho

    December 4, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I wish Gary Busey would break into my house.

    • The Night Rider

      December 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

      lol yeah, they had a TV show with Busey where he’d let fans hang out with him.

      • Mucho Macho

        December 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

        Where the fuck where we?!
        We should’ve applied for that shit!

  3. Mucho Macho

    December 4, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Mimi Rogers breasts!
    Lord have mercy

  4. Mucho Macho

    December 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

  5. Mucho Macho

    December 4, 2015 at 2:29 am

  6. Mucho Macho

    December 4, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Speaking of Mimi Rogers and her amazing tatas…in 1990 she starred in the remake of “Desperate Hours” (the original starred Humphrey Bogart)
    in “Hider in the House” Gary Busey breaks into her home, in “desperate hours” is Mickey Rourke.
    I feel the movie “Desperate Hours” has been forgotten due to the passage of time.
    I enjoyed it a lot when I was a kid.

    • TheOldMcClane

      December 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Damn. Everyone was after those jugs back in the day.

      • Mucho Macho

        December 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

        Those fun bags occupied my mind many times I remember.
        My friend if you’re never seen the movie” full body massage” from 1995 starring Mimi Rogers and Bryan Brown I suggest you do.
        It’s a masterpiece!

        • TheOldMcClane

          December 4, 2015 at 11:24 pm

          Thanks my friend. Will check it out.

          • Mucho Macho

            December 4, 2015 at 11:51 pm

            My teenage hormones exploded when I saw that movie.
            it’s Mimi Rogers pretty much totally naked for the vast majority of the movie getting a massage.
            It’s fucking great