An Uncomfortable Visit to 388 Arletta Avenue (2011)
Visits to James and Amy’s beautiful home at 388 Arletta Avenue can be disturbing. You see, James (Nick Stahl) said the wrong thing to Amy (Mia Kirshner) one morning, and when he returned home from work Amy was gone. This is the beginning of a film that the audience sees through the eyes of a stalker who has entered the home while the couple is jogging, and hidden a bunch of video cameras that broadcast to his PC, allowing him to watch their every move.
James finds a note from Amy which tells him she wanted to “clear her head,” and he asks his sister-in-law Katherine (Krista Bridges) who loathes him if Amy is staying with her. After Amy is missing for days, James doubts the authenticity of the note, and Katherine is convinced that James did something to her sister.
Meanwhile, the stalker is going in and out of the house, setting up elaborately cruel mind games that gradually wear James down, physically and mentally. James calls the police but they find his story illogical—why would someone break into a house and replace the family cat with a bad-tempered look-alike? Who would break into a car to insert a CD mix into the car’s player? James does have suspects, but none of them seem promising.
Unpleasant past deeds are revealed as James desperately tries to find his wife. Perhaps, the viewer may wonder, the person who has Amy isn’t interested in her at all, but wants to drive James mad. Could Amy be orchestrating the whole thing as revenge against James’ insensitivity? As the stalker toys with James, James’ behavior becomes more bizarre, and each call to the police has them more convinced there is something wrong—with him.
388 Arletta Avenue ends explosively with the convergence of James, the police, the stalker, and Katherine. It is a creepy viewing experience as the audience witnesses most of the action through the hidden cameras, themselves cast as stalkers invading the privacy of the young couple with the fabulous house. The viewer is cast as voyeur, reluctantly watching a life unravel while trying to tease out what happened to Amy.
Written and directed by Randall Cole, 388 Arletta Avenue was released September 25, 2012, by Tribeca Film and is available on DVD and on-demand.