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Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.2/10 (9,106 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Ole Bornedal

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

Writers: Ole Bornedal, Ole Bornedal


Ewan McGregor

Martin Bells

Patricia Arquette


Josh Brolin

James Gallman

Lauren Graham


Nick Nolte

Inspector Thomas Cray

Brad Dourif

Duty Doctor

Alix Koromzay


Lonny Chapman

Johnson, Old Watchman

Erich Anderson


Scott Burkholder

College Professor

Michael Matthys

Guy in Pub

Alison Gale

Girlfriend of Guy in Pub

Robert LaSardo

Pub Thug


Pub Thug

Candy Ann Brown

Female Paramedic

He's a full-time college student who just took the wrong part-time job. Now he's the final piece in a brilliant serial killer's puzzle.

Release Date: 17 April 1998

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $585,733
(19 April 1998)
(300 Screens)

Gross: $1,154,237
(3 May 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The black and white picture of the guy on death row in the cabin is the same one used in the original version of this movie (


Inspector Thomas Cray:
Most people, when they see something like this, their immediate reaction is to ask how could somebody do this and why. Even when we catch the killer, they want to know the how and why. In movies or television, the killer always explains the how or why…

User Review

Creepiest Movie That You Never Even Heard Of

Rating: 7/10

This one of those little movies that never got much in the line of
studio promotion or advertising budget. You might have seen it, single
copy on the bottom of the Video Rental Shelf. You probably passed it
by, assuming it was some 'straight to video' D-Grade Horror, or maybe
some embarrassing first film of Ewan McGregors being resurrected to
cash in on his new fame?

If you love creepy suspense thrillers than I bet you will be as
surprised as i was. ITS GOOD!

I might have a psychological bias since I have worked in a morgue, but
the cold wet atmosphere, chilling lighting and downright suspense had
me creeped out and twitching all the way through.

Ewan McGregor is solid as always and a fantastic sympathetic character
if there ever was one. I really have to say something about Josh Brolin
here – what a great performance. A scene between him and Alix Koromzay
(Joyce) was one of those amazing little scenes you cant forget! Let me
also say something about Nick Nolte in this – FREAKY. Some might find
his character 'too predictable' but I don't think you need to worry
about finding out 'who done it' either, you just cringe and chill at
how bloody creepy Nolte is!

Yes, this is somewhat campy and occasionally wry and I loved it – Brad
Dourif makes something of a 'Cameo' (not really but with him it feels
like it heh) and you gotta smile at that. It doesn't abuse the tongue
in cheekiness though.. It really does take itself just seriously enough
to win.

European to American Remakes often fall short but this time the same
Director made both and well done! Direction was absolutely perfect for
me and I found it clever enough and creepy enough to give it a very
solid Seven out of Ten.

Definitely one of those 'Under-rated but surprisingly good!' movies and
its a shame most people never saw it come and go!