The Carpenter ★★½

I have to be on the fence with this one. I feel equal amounts of enthusiasm as disappointment. So, the chance of it growing on me is 50/50.

Or higher. It has an ideal framework: domestic thriller and gory slasher which "house" the is-it-psychological-or-supernatural? trope. Add goofiness and "gaffes" and Wings Hauser to get a paragonal model of Eighties horror.

But it can feel clunky, Hauser's dialog can be dull and repetitive, it needs one more death by carpentry, and the ending is kinda anticlimactic, if entertaining. I want to like it more.

I'll have it give it another chance.

Don't skip this one, but manage your expectations, I guess?