Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams own a super fancy Manhattan apartment building, the Drake, and they need a new resident manager to change the light bulbs and fixing the leaking washing machines and also be the pretty, gullible newcomer whom they will lure into their demonic, evil web by dangling prime real estate and expensive clothes in front of them.
Their marks: Jane and Henry, an unemployed architecture aficionado and her boyfriend, who works in the mayor's office of city planning. They take the job and Jane starts exploring the ninety-year-old building. She learns that a bunch of creepy Skull-and-Bones types used to meet in the laundry room (because it's a real bitch trying to get goat blood out of your cowl), and also maybe Gavin wants to bite her neck or make an evening cape out of her skin.
Other residents include the surly doorman, Tony; light-fingered urchin Nona and her as-yet unseen grandmother; the bickering sixth-floor couple, playwright Brian and photographer Louise; provocative yoga-doer Alexis, who likes to get undressed in front of her uncurtained windows, where Brian can see her; and the doomed Barlows of the eighth floor: Mary, who is already dead, and her husband, John, who has sold his soul to Gavin in exchange for revivifying Mary.
So, yes. Gavin seems to be the devil. The Drake is spectacular and has hardwood floors and twelve-foot ceilings and gorgeous fireplaces, but it's also haunted and no one will make it out alive. But Jane and Henry are living on Park Avenue rent-free, so basically they're breaking even, right?
Ah, the symphony. Hellmouth of sleepiness. Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams look bored as shit. The first-chair violinist has a cut on his finger and he is spraying blood all over his music and shoes. Yikes. I can hardly type when I have a paper cut. Now all of his fingers are bleeding. Groooooss. Terry O'Quinn watches, malevolently. (To be fair, it's nearly impossible for him to look otherwise.)
The violinist runs through the storm into his fancy apartment building and into the elevator. In his apartment, he throws things frantically into a suitcase. He smashes his violin and runs out of the apartment. But as soon as he gets downstairs, all the doors slam shut. A phone rings. Like, one that's attached to the wall. It's even a rotary. Children, that's what the phones at my grandma's house looked like. The violinist answers and Terry O'Quinn remarks, "Hard to believe it's been ten years, Mr. Hartwell." The violinist begs for more time. Terry says nope, sorry sucka. He tells a story about a violinist who wasn't quite talented enough but who would've given anything to be the best, and says he, Mr. Hartwell, signed a binding contract that has now run out. He hangs up. Hartwell breaks through the front doors and out into the storm. The doors slam behind him and then a peephole opens and he's suddenly sucked back inside. The camera pans over to the address, 999 Park Avenue, but when the shadows reflect up, it's 666 Park Avenue. Well, no it's not, because "Park Avenue" would also be upside down and... you know what, it's too early for this shit. So "666" it is.
Sweeping panoramic views of Manhattan! So pretty! So expensive! A lovely young couple played by Dave Annable from Brothers & Sisters -- and the hilarious one-season Fox melodrama Reunion -- and Rachael Taylor the Failed Charlie's Angel pull up in front of 999 in a beat-up yellow Volvo. Dave remarks that they can't afford to rent a closet in this building. Eh, I slept in a closet for five years. It wasn't too bad. At least it was dark. Maybe it was more like a pantry.
Inside, Rachael remarks that she recognizes the building from Architectural Digest. They find the bellman (who is Dr. Dave from ER!) and ask for Mr. Doran. Dave asks them to sign in and they introduce themselves as not-married Jane and Henry. A teenage girl in a knit cap asks if her grandmother's package has arrived, and Dave brushes her off, pretty rudely, actually. Dude. Be nice to the tenants. Anyway, Jane and Henry are there to interview to be the building managers. Dave sends them up to see Mrs. Doran in the penthouse.