The Inherited or Stranger in the House (2018 Lifetime)

The Inherited or Stranger in the House (2018 Lifetime)

Cast: Annabella Sciorra, Tammy Blanchard, Nathan Darrow, Jenn Liu

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Eve has married the man of her dreams but when they return to live in the house willed to him by his first wife who died under horrific circumstances, it becomes a waking nightmare as Eve falls into a spiral of suspicion and madness. Jenn Liu, Annabella Sciorra, Tammy Blanchard, Nathan Darrow stars.


Eve is a young girl in a car with her parents. The mother keeps telling the father to watch the road, and this IS a lifetime movie, so obviously, they get into a car accident and die.

Eve is grown up now and married to a man named Tom, whose first wife died. Tom inherited a creepy old house and moved his NEW wife and her dog Bully in.

Despite living in a scary house that everyone and the town thinks is haunted, Eve and Tom try to have a baby. While they are having sex, they hear something in the hallway. Tom gets up, and we should see his butt, but like Ken and Barbie, his butt has been blurred by Lifetime. (Now, if I am paying for Lifetime Movie Club, can I at LEAST see some man booty? Come on, what is the point!)

The home comes with a housekeeper who is kind of shady named Mrs. Menabar. Mrs. Menabar prefers Tom’s first wife and goes out of her way to make things awkward between the newlyweds. (Like setting out Tom and his first wife’s china,) Everyone in town is curious about Eve. In the way, white people ask POC’s “Where are you from.”

The worst of the gaslighters/racists is Wendy Denver, a wealthy southern debutant who gossips in that subtly means the way that only people down south can do. Wendy tells Eve that Tom’s first wife was her sister and Tom was her brother-in-law. The house belonged to her family, and her dead relatives would roll over in their graves if they knew Eve was the new owner.

Eve starts to ask questions about Tom’s first wife and goes to Mrs. Menabar. Who says she was a wonderful person. She also explains her demise. The first wife had hallucinations, trouble sleeping, and began to forget everyday things. Eve is experiencing the same symptoms and is creeped out. Mrs. Menabar seems to be gaslighting Eve for her own benefit.

Tom begins to get angry at Eve when she thinks she sees ghosts in the house. The things sound familiar to Tom because it is the same things his first wife used to say. Tom thinks this is a great time to share that the will stipulates they must live in the house to inherit everything else. So Eve and Tom are stuck forever.

Tom finds a loophole and makes his family (and the ghost angry.) Eve goes to the town library and learns about the family’s long history in the town. Eve sees Mrs. Menabar in the picture, but it is Margo, his first wife or her ghost. She tries to warn Tom and runs to the house.

Mr. Sanders, the family lawyer, pulls a gun on Tom and tells him that Margot’s ghost haunts him. They struggle over the gun, but Tom is shot. He dies, and Eve is admitted to the hospital and learns that she is pregnant.

Eve inherits everything and insists on not selling the house. She tells the lawyer that Tom is waiting for him there. When she arrives at the house, there is only Margo. Eve asks her if they can raise Tom’s baby together, and that is exactly what they do.

Side Note

Minority Report: Eve, Eve’s parents. 

Devon Gummersall directing was fun! Good to see he is still in the industry. 

I also appreciated this movie was written by an Asian woman (Jenn Liu) for an Asian leading lady. 

I’m not a huge fan of the Lifetime ghost story.

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Overall rating

🔪🔪 (2 Knives)

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