‘We all have our secrets’
The Neighbor – aka The Neighbour – is a 2016 American horror thriller directed by Marcus Dunstan (director of The Collection; The Collector; writer of Piranha 3DD; Saw 3D: The Final Chapter; Feast and sequels) from a screenplay co-written with Patrick Melton.
Josh Stewart (The Collection), Luke Edwards, Bill Engvall, Jaqueline Fleming, Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Melissa Bolona (Shark Lake), Ronnie Gene Blevins (Fear, Inc.; Seven Psychopaths), David Kallaway, Ben Matheny, Heather Williams, Mason Guccione, Artrial Clark, Kenny Barr, Zoe Dean.
In the small town of Cutter, Mississippi, most people keep to themselves. But when John (Josh Stewart) comes home to find his girlfriend Rosie (Alex Essoe) missing, he suspects his mysterious and off-putting neighbor (Bill Engvall) is somehow involved. John learns that Rosie’s life is not all that is at stake after a visit to his neighbour’s cellar.
It becomes clear that the seemingly quiet town is more dangerous than it looks, and John and Rosie must do more than just run away if they want to survive the night…
“Dunstan and Melton know from their Saw days how to turn the screws, and there are any number of uh-oh moments – including a fight in a shallow grave full of raw mystery meat which leads to the death of the one character sensible enough to de-escalate the situation – and gruesome payoffs. Engvall, usually a redneck comedian, tones it down and manages menace as a bad guy patriarch. It’s a smart, tough, bleak little suspense picture with just a sliver of heart.” The Kim Newman Web Site
“It harked back to Eric Red scripts like Undertow and Walter Hill films like Extreme Prejudice, macho rural action films but just when you think the film is all testosterone, in another unexpected twist, it’s the damsels turn to savagely fight back. So something for everyone then! Tense, terse, violent and entertaining, The Neighbour is a crime thriller that horror fans will appreciate too.” Elliott Maguire, UK Horror Scene
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