THE VAGRANT (1992) Reviews and overview

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‘He’s not home alone.’

The Vagrant is a 1992 American comedy horror film directed by special effects expert Chris Walas from a screenplay by Richard Jeffries (Living Hell; Cold Creek Manor; Scarecrows) for Mel Brooks’ (Young Frankenstein; Dracula: Dead and Loving It) company.

The movie stars Bill Paxton (MortuaryAliens; Near Dark), Michael Ironside (American Nightmare; Visiting HoursScanners), Marshall Bell (Innocent Blood; Starship Troopers), Colleen Camp (Deadly GamesTales from the Darkside TV series), Marc McClure, Stuart Pankin and Patrika Darbo.

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Graham is a “suck-up” yuppie whose ambition is to be a senior analyst. Having purchased a slightly run-down house in an upcoming area, he is appalled by and increasingly paranoid about a vagrant that lives on the derelict land nearby.

Graham’s girlfriend Judy invites the vagrant in for a sandwich which tips the young careerist over the edge, he even imagines her having sex with the homeless hobo. 

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When pieces of people Graham knew begin appearing in his fridge, the sceptical police naturally blame him. He vainly struggles to comprehend what is really going on. As the deaths continue he starts to even doubt his own sanity…


“it’s empty-headed nonsense that challenges my lifelong assumption that anything involving Paxton and Ironside would be awesome by default. The script betrays both of them and Walas, one of the era’s best effects masters, here presumably looking to stretch his legs and do something a little different.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!



Even a restrained (for him) performance by the always-fun Bill Paxton (Aliens), as the put- upon yuppie nerd, can’t mask the stench exuded by this moronic, ineptly directed bummer.” Doug Brod, Entertainment Weekly

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“The weaker conclusion is not as strong as the first hour that’s for sure but it’s still entertaining. If the film doesn’t make you laugh it will surely make you look twice next time some bum asks you for chump change.”


Choice dialogue:

Policeman: “Sir, we cannot apprehend a citizen upon the basis of what he eats. Read the Constitution.”

Graham’s boss: “C’mon, talk some of that Czech sht, talk the Czech sht”.

Actor / Actress Character
Bill Paxton Graham Krakowski
Michael Ironside Lt. Ralf Barfuss
Marshall Bell The Vagrant
Colleen Camp Judy Dansig
Marc McClure Chuck
Stuart Pankin Mr. Feemster
Patrika Darbo Doattie
Ken Love Cop (Buzz)
Mitzi Kapture Edie Roberts
Derek Mark Lochran Det. Lackson
Teddy Wilson X-Rays
Mildred Brion Mrs. Howler
Allan Berne Mr. Polkowisz
Katherine Gosney Graham’s Mother
Nick Young Guard
Lance Brady Sheriff


After brief VHS distribution, the film dropped into obscurity. Scream Factory finally released The Vagrant on DVD for the first time along with The OutingThe Godsend and What’s the Matter With Helen? in the ‘All Night Horror Marathon’ collection on August 20, 2013.

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On May 23, 2017, The Vagrant was released on Blu-ray by Scream Factory.


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