It’s day four of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
Today’s movie is THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring James Caan (you may remember him in MISERY based on Stephen King’s novel).
When two teenagers decide to trick the creepy, next door neighbour (Caan) that he has a ghost in his house and put it all on film along the way, they realise they got more than they bargained for, when discovering the man could actually be a real psycho. A cross between DISTURBIA and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, this movie is surprisingly unpredictable.
Using our expectations as audience, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR turns the narrative on its head, leading us towards an unexpected and shocking resolution.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR is full of tension because it is hard to figure out what is really going on and the result is heartbreakingly satisfying. Not everyone will like the ending, and some may feel cheated of the promised horror, but I found the ending horrifying enough. What is more important, it really touched me. Not often a genre film manages to achieve that.
It is interesting how we could have easily guessed what was really going on in the house, but all we want to know what the guy is hiding in the basement?
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR is a must watch for any cinema lover, because of its unusual genre blending, its thought provoking ideas and reflection on modern media where antiheroes rise on the shoulders of the good men.
Score out of 5:
SCARE SCORE: 👻👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃