‘Paradise Cove’ Review: A Young Couple Contend With an Unwanted Houseguest

A throwback to all the B-grade knockoffs that followed such hit late ’80s/early ’90s household thrillers as “The Stepfather,” “Pacific Heights,” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” “Paradise Cove” will be nobody’s idea of an original movie, let alone a good one.

Still, it provides a degree of schlock entertainment value, as a young couple discover their Malibu fixer-upper comes with a crazy homeless woman squatting on the premises, itching to turn homicidal … again.

Low on suspense and plausibility but high on tasteless and absurd ideas, Martin Guigui’s film does offer undiscriminating viewers some fun, albeit more of a laughing-at than laughing-with variety.Knox (Todd Grinnell) and Tracey (Mena Suvari) have driven from Detroit with their labradoodle to assume ownership of the beachfront property left behind by the troubled mother he was estranged from.

There’s been a fire, so the place is a damaged mess,

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