Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: A killer, a group of friends and a remote house
Alternate Titles: Something Evil Comes
Year: 2009
Language: English/Canada
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Ron Oliver
Writer: Paolo Mazzucato
Starring: William B. Davis, Olivia Cheng, Margot Kidder, David Millbern, Nicholle Tom, Nelson Wong, Holly Elissa Lamaro

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“Pick up the gun!”

“Don’t leave him alone!”

This “killer inside the house” thriller is filled with classic clichés of the genre and will make you want to scream at the screen as character after character does stupid things to play into the hands of the enemy. Haven’t they seen the slasher flick parodies by now?

In Death Among Friends, an environmentalist lawyer is murdered as part of an offshore drilling corporate cover up. When the boss (Superman’s Margot Kidder; On the Other Hand, Death) finds that the attorney emailed critical files before his death, she sends the killer (David Millbern, Gods and Monsters) to find the email and silence the recipient.

The lawyer’s sister Romy is home from her Peace Corps post in Thailand, and she and her long-time friends gather at the family’s remote estate after the funeral, becoming sitting ducks when trapped by a huge rainstorm. Luckily the butler, Mr. D., is actually a retired spy with a lot of handy skills (really).

The bright point of this film is the matter-of-fact portrayal of Romy and her relationship with Serena, Mr. D’s niece and local small town newspaper editor. They are lesbians, but this is not any news to their friends, nor an issue to be highlighted. They just are who they are. Now if only they were more versed in how to combat a murderous intruder!

Romy is played by Nicholle Tom (Maggie on The Nanny, Beethoven) and Serena is played by Holly Elissa Lamaro (The L Word). Fans of “The X-Files” will recognize Mr. D. as the “cigarette smoking man,” William B. Davis. (AB)