This is a very fun film about a girl who, for reasons she cannot explain, joins a bizarre group of characters in a very old Brooklyn building. Though she is taken aback by their habits, including an erotic scene with a stunningly beautiful young Beverly d'Angelo and an eccentric party with Burgess Meredith, she accepts them with a warm amusement. THere is also a mysterious priest who stares from the top window. By day, she seems to have everything: a flourishing career as a supermodel, a loving relationship with a successful lawyer, and friends.
Little by little, though, layers get peeled away to reveal pain and contradiction in her life. She relives a horrible memory involving her father, which led her to desperate acts as a young girl. She is also plagued with fears at night, hearing noises and sensing evil and begins to break down. There is also a cult of upper-level catholic priests that is watching her, apparently acting with the approval of the hierarchy. Then her boyfriend behaves in strange ways: on the one hand, he is seeking to help her even at risk to himself, but on the other, there is an unmistakeable malevolent side to him that sparks the interest of a local cop. In a way, the boyfriend is her most important link to life, though it is clear he cannot be completely trusted.
As her crisis worsens, all of these aspects form a great mystery that intrigues the viewer, or at least those that enjoy this kind of mindgame. It is like a fast-paced film noir, only supernatural, with a building mood of terror and loss of control. Right up to the end, I had no idea what was really going on. Is there a conspiracy? Are the cultic priests good or bad? What is the role of her boyfriend? What does the vision of her father mean? Who are these strange apartment mates, many of whom are apparently already dead? In the end, not all of the loose ends are tied off, which is fun but also a bit sloppy, at least in my viewing.
Warmly recommended. Another very fun aspect of this are the future stars in this, from Jeff Goldberg and Christopher Walken to d'Angelo. It is an incredible set of actors, which makes the film special.