This is my review of The Neighbor (spoiler free)
It's been 4 long years since Director Marcus shocked audienceseverywhere with his sequel to the original masked slasher movie TheCollection and the spirit of that movie looms deep within this which ismore like the low-budget version but still keeps the same thrills andthreats. Although this takes a more dramatic spin by making it aneighbour thriller that in a way teaches a lesson to never go loominginto a neighbour's home because you never know what you could find. Ituses the same style as The Collector and its lumbered and forgottensequel The Collection it has the style that the killer keeps a secretlurking in his home with a secret tunnel filled with cages and a coupleof badly designed paper mache masks. Although this time the protagonistis a lot stronger and conveniently knows how to use a gun.
Normally home invasion movies like this have a knack for having avulnerable protagonist that always manages to be taken and/or killed bythe antagonist, both of whom show to be self reliant and know how tofight. Apart from this years Don't Breathe which had strongprotagonists and a vulnerable antagonist who was more like a victim.There have also been several home invasion movies with vulnerableprotagonists you get the picture but this seems to be completelydifferent with having two characters who are completely even of sorts.Set in Cutter, Mississippi John (Josh Stewart) makes a stable livingwith his girlfriend Rosie (Alex Essoe) with a sort of thieving businesswhen he replaces old registration plates from cars who come passing by,run by his Uncle Neil (Sid Sudduth) who talks like he is a member of amafia of some kind, a man who knows every single movement thateverybody does. The story is okay it's a fun addition to the homeinvasion genre but it's lumbered, mitigated by violence to get itthrough although through its editing style it takes a while for theviolence to kick in so, in a sense a lot better than the slasher styleof The Collection.
In terms of character development there isn't much it's a littleprogressive but only manages to offer a few lines of development beforeit gets to the home invasion part which lasts awhile and considersitself to be the main set-piece much like Don't Breathe. But thecharacters and show to be pretty fighters and know how to use firearms. It starts off slow basically showing who John is for the firstforty to fifty minutes but this makes the film a bit better as somehorrors will try to get to the violence straight away, but thislow-budget version of a slasher film shows to be surprisingly betterthan most other higher-budget slashers for example Saw who were theproducers of The Collector but Markus Dunstan shows to be on his ownwith this, not relying on the producers of Saw and it shows that he canmake a decent home-invasion movie on his own. After the first how hasbeen done and gone it turns into an escape style thriller when Johndiscovers that his girlfriend has been taken by the neighbour from helland then the violence comes in a little more progressive than you mightexpect. Although hankered with the material this strives to be betterthan most slasher films and at points succeeds but at others it triesto be the same, when the mask goes on and the deep voice comes in it'smostly after that, which is unfortunate.
All can be forgiven even with its short run time it offers a decentstory, with a lot of violence and also a lot of towards the denouementwhich is happy and a lot as the relief of freedom is set. There is arecurring theme with most of this but there is one that is completelypredictable when Troy (Bill Engvall) and his two sons Cooper (LukeEdwards) and Harley (Ronnie Gene Blevins) who love filming theirvictims on a type of film camera and are in this what they callbusiness for money. And with a shocking twist towards the end that Troymust be working for some kind of employer telling himself that he isthe middle man a lot like John who is also the middle man working foran employer, with a controversial business.
All this leads to an ending which is very short but happy as Johnescapes the home where he is held and the thing he wanted was toinvestigate the neighbour's home. It's a decent low-budget homeinvasion movie that's full of violence and can be forgiven for itsincredibly short run time, and could be seen as a watch able additionto the home-invasion genre, and at some points succeeds to be betterthan other higher budget home invasion movies. This could be one of thebest Marcus Dunstan movies ever.
VERDICT: A violent, home invasion movie that's a bit lumbered andshamelessly hankered down with some of the themes, but it is good atwhat it does.
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The Neighbor (2016)
Set in Cutter Mississippi, the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his neighbor and the secrets he may be keeping in the cellar.
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In the town of Cutter, most people keep to themselves. But when John comes home to find his girlfriend missing, he becomes suspicious and sneaks into his neighbor's house. What he finds there is unnerving, to say the least. Will he escape the house alive or become another victim?
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Reviewed bycoreyjdenfordVote: 6/10/10
This is my review of The Neighbor (spoiler free)
I came across this one because I liked Don't Breathe (2016) people saidwell there's another one in that style to watch but hasn't got thepublicity the other one had. So i picked it up.
It starts rather as a flick about dealing in drugs and livingunderground to earn money so John (Josh Stewart) and his girlfriendRosie (Alex Essoe) can leave it all behind and go to start a new life.Until that point this flick is not delivering but of course on day theygot a visit from their neighbor.
From there on this flick suddenly turns into a brutal flick were itdoesn't matter who's face is smashed to bits, girl or boy. I can't gotoo deep into the story or I would spoil it all but you just doesn'tsee it coming how this flick turns into a horror suspense flick.
Excellent flick, don't bother about the characters not being evolved,this is all about surviving.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
The 2016 movie titled "The Neighbor" starts out fairly slow and doesn'treally progress much at any kind of speed, right up until Rosie seessomething through the binocular. But then the movie does kick up intoan impressive gear, and leaves behind its former semi-boring pace.
Without going too much into detail about the actual storyline, I willjust briefly summarize the movie. John and Rosie are planning to leavetown in order to start a new and better life, when Rosie makes agruesome discovery through a looking glass directed towards theirneighbor. And when John comes home, Rosie is nowhere to be found...
What works out in "The Neighbor" is the way that director MarcusDunstan constructed the movie and managed to build up a good atmosphereand a sense of dread throughout the course of the movie. There is agood flow to the storyline, once it kicks into gear.
And the acting in the movie was quite good, although you shouldn'texpect any dramatic Shakespearian thespian performances though. Butpeople did good with their roles and character, taking the genre andfairly simplistic storyline into consideration.
I will say that Josh Stewart (playing John) actually stood out amongthe acting talents in "The Neighbor", because he really carried themovie quite well.
However, the movie did suffer from an overshadowing predictability. Youknew what would happen throughout the course of the movie, and you knewhow it would end. To that point, it was somewhat of a disappointment,because "The Neighbor" didn't really bring anything new to the crime /thriller genre which hadn't already been seen countless times before.
"The Neighbor" is a good movie for an evening's worth of entertainment.However, I doubt that you will be putting the movie on a second timearound, because once you have seen the movie, there just isn't enoughmeat on the bone to support more than a single viewing.