He’s Out to Get You or The House on the Hill (2019 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
After years in a mental hospital, Megan goes home to visit her brother. But once she arrives, her brother has vanished, and no one in town remembers him ever existing. Is Megan losing her mind, or is something more diabolical at work?
Megan, her husband, and son are on a road trip to a lake in the woods and get into a horrible accident because she is a negligent driver. (She is swerving all over the road.) Her husband and son died in the crash, Megan survived.
Four years later, Megan is talking to her therapist, Dr. Landford, played by Lifetime MVP Lindsay Harley. Megan is in a mental institution being paid for by her parent’s inheritance. She decides she is getting out of there and gets some meds and a meaningful necklace then heads to Gary’s house. Gary doesn’t answer her calls and isn’t at the house on the hill, so Megan breaks in.
Megan wanders through the house and hears voices. (Maybe they should up her dosage.) She finds a note to Gary from someone named Lisa and is happy that he has someone. Eventually, she falls asleep and awakens, disoriented and confused. WHERE IS GARY!!!!
At the town diner, Megan asks Lisa if she has seen Gary. Lisa doesn’t know who Gary is and has been married to another man for three years. Megan goes to the police to file a missing person report. The problem is, Sheriff Brunson doesn’t remember or recognize Gary either. Next, Megan goes to see long-time family friends and neighbors who don’t remember Gary either.
When Megan goes back to Gary’s house, it is empty, and his phone number has been disconnected. She has a full-on meltdown and rightfully so. This would be scary AF!!! While drinking some water and downing a handful of pills, Megan gets a phone call. On the other line are car horns and crashing sounds.
THANKFULLY this town has a bar with a dead sexy bartender, Duke, played by Rob Mayes. The scene happens, and he doesn’t know Gary either, but all I can think about is how I want to be Rob Mayes toothpick. (Swoon!)
Megan goes to see her family lawyer, who tells her that she is the only air to the family estate. Afterward, she goes back to Duke to tell him what she found out. He finds it weird that Gary never came up in the conversation and suspected that maybe Gary had a falling out with her parents. He also finds it strange when Megan claims to find a rattlesnake in her car. They report it to Sheriff Brunson, who is hostile and straight-up rude. He accuses them of being drunk assholes.
On the beach by the house, Megan opens up to Duke about her tragic accident and time in a treatment facility. Duke is supportive and understanding. They snuggle on the couch, and he sneaks away to look at her pills in the bathroom. Then he takes her to the high school to find Gary’s yearbook and bingo, they do. Megan knows she isn’t crazy now. Dean is happy she isn’t insane, too, so he kisses her in the car.
When Megan brings the yearbook to Sheriff Brunson, he is even more of a dick. I’ve never hated a character more. Megan and Duke will have to do their detective work without him.
Megan finds someone who saw Gary a few days ago. The woman’s name is Miss Snow, and someone in a black hoodie murders her right after talking to Megan. Sheriff Brunson brings Megan in for questioning, and I’ve never NOT wanted to be a toothpick so bad. He gets Megan to question if she can trust Duke.
Parts of the puzzle start to fall into place. Megan is convinced that the neighbors, Sheriff, and lawyer all are plotting together because they killed Gary for money. Duke is not so sure. He drinks wine and listens, which is all I want from a man.
In the middle of the night, Megan hears a noise downstairs. Instead of waking up the strong shirtless man next to her, she tiptoes downstairs. Duke puts a shirt on (unfortunately) and follows her downstairs. The next morning when she wakes up, Duke is gone. (If he is a bad guy, I’m going to be so upset!!!!)
Megan goes to the bar and meets the owner. Who tells Megan that he lives in an RV and has been planning to buy the bar from her as soon as he secured a loan.
In the RV, Megan finds an obituary and something about her therapist from the beginning of the movie. (oh, and Gary’s body in the bathroom.) Megan calls 911 as Duke comes up to the RV. She grabs a pair of scissors and defends herself from Gary’s killer. Duke tries to calm her down and denies everything.
Sheriff Brunson arrives on the scene and shoots Duke in the shoulder and then beats him up a bit. As he is doing so, Sheriff Brunson says his villain monologue while waving the gun around. Megan knocks the gun out of his hands and shoots the Sheriff in the heart. He dead! Yay!
Instead of going to the hospital, Megan and Duke kiss in the RV as she tends to his wounds. The end?!
Minority Report: NONE! WTF.
Rob Mayes wrote and performed two songs featured in the movie. Closer & My Heart Is Bleeding Written & Performed by Rob Mayes
🔪🔪 🔪 (3 Knives, would have been four but that ending was so lame.)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2019 Lifetime