DVD Review: THE CLEANING LADY

THE CLEANING LADY was directed by Jon Knautz, he co-wrote the script with Alexis Kendra who also stars in the film along with Rachel Alig, Stelio Savante and JoAnne McGrath.

On the surface, Alice (Kendra) seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he’s married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to clean her house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice’s entire life and will stop at nothing until she’s done.

Alice is trying to end an affiar and when she invites Shelly into her home to clean her house, a friendship forms between the two women who come from two completely different worlds. Alice has been going to therapy because of this relationship she has with this married man but she discovers that talking things out with Shelly makes her feel better. The two women get to know each other and the viewer gets to see what happened to Shelly through some shocking flashbacks. These scenes show how Shelly’s face got burned. As much as Shelly’s company helps Alice, it’s also therapeutic for the mysterious woman because her new friend shows her some kindness.

What happens is, when Alice politely rejects a random visit from Shelly, it instantly changes their relationship from a friendship to a toxic obsession that Shelly will not let go of. Shelly begins to do things to Alice that she’s not even aware of but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that something is seriously wrong with Shelly who decides to take certain matters in her own hands. Shelly has a certain way of handling things and has come to the conclusion that Alice needs to put an end this unhealthy affair she’s in but the way Shelly wants it done is what’s so terrifying. What Alice realizes in the end is that Shelly is the kind of friend she’ll never be able to get rid of.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and special features. The DVD disc also includes some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Cleaning Lady ended up being a pretty cool psychological thriller about this unhealthy relationship and new friendship that brings these two women together. Alice really isn’t much of a likable character because of how she lives her life so when Shelly does the unspeakable things she does to her it didn’t really bother me too much. It’s explained through flashbacks what all happened to Shelly to turn her into this monster so I felt a little sympathetic for her even though she took things to extremities. The story was interesting and I thought Jon Knautz did a really good job directing. The unsettling performance by Rachel Alig was the driving force of this character-driven chiller. The movie does feature a few scenes that’ll make you cringe but that’s all part of the show as Shelly reveals just how deranged she really is as this friendship turns into a terrifying obsession. The Cleaning Lady will be available on DVD on June 4th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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