Across the Hall (2009 film)

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Across the Hall
Across the Hall.jpg
Theaterical released poster
Directed by Alex Merkin
Produced by Jeff Bowler
Stephen Fromkin
Marco Garibaldi
Written by Alex Merkin
Jesse Mittelstadt
Julien Schwab
Starring Mike Vogel
Brittany Murphy
Danny Pino
Natalie Smyka
Music by Bobby Tahouri
Cinematography Andrew Carranza
Edited by Alex Merkin
Distributed by Image Entertainment
Release dates
  • August 27, 2009 (2009-08-27) (Germany)
  • October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30) (United States)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $12,543,909[1]

Across the Hall is a 2009 full-length remake of the 2006 American short film also titled Across the Hall.


Julian (Mike Vogel) receives a phone call from his best friend Terry (Danny Pino). Terry goes on to tell Julian that his fiancée, June (Brittany Murphy) has cancelled her flight, which was so unusual to him. He then finds out she is still in town. He hangs up the phone call and got in his car to drive around to find June. He finally finds her and decides to follow her. While following her, Terry discovers that she has checked herself into a local hotel room. Terry rents out the room right across the hall from June's room. He starts thinking and believing that she is cheating on him. Terry calls Julian and tells him everything that happen so far. During the conversation, Terry explains to Julian that, earlier that evening, he had gone to his house, and discovered that he was not home. Terry then decides to brake in, and steal Julian's gun. Julian became terrified hearing this news. Terry let Julian know that he is now "about to fuck up." Worried that Terry is ready to kill someone, Julian tries to reason with him, telling him not to do anything stupid. After having no success, he tells Terry to stay where he is and wait for him to arrive in about 20 minutes. During this part of the film, it is revealed that June had canceled her flight because she was cheating behind Terry's back with Julian. Terry finds this out while killing June. After June died Terry tries to call Julian to no avail because his cell phone is still in the hotel room that June and Julian just cheated in. A very angry Terry meets up with Julian and tricks him into helping him remove June's body. Some police officers bust them moving her body, that's when Terry frames Julian for June's murder as more policemen storms the hotel room.


  • Mike Vogel as Julian, Terry's best friend who cheats with June
  • Danny Pino as Terry, the husband who kills June and tricks Julian into getting arrested, getting his revenge.
  • Brittany Murphy as June, the beautiful girl who cheats on Terry with Julian.
  • Natalie Smyka as Anna, Julian's former lover who figures out Julian is cheating with June and refuses to help him.
  • Brad Greenquist as The Porter and only hotel employee that helps guests register and get to their rooms.

Critical response[edit]

The film has been praised by its stylish manufacture and outstanding performance by the main actors. The contrast between the emotions experienced by the main characters against the background of the rundown hotel and the formality of the porter has been pointed out as a great plot device.[2] Nevertheless, some critics believe that the expansion of the short feature into a longer film was not entirely successful.[3]


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