The worst-kept secret!
Deadly duo writers and directors Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have perfected the art of modern sequels, spin-offs and the formula for contemporary thrillers while working on the Saw and Collector franchises. They’ve worked with some of the best artists in the industry and they have a lot to offer. The Neighbor has the classic premise of the strange man next door with a dirty little secret.
This is not an imaginative movie. Its surfs on the torture porn wave but it’s not exactly torture. Every character is tougher than the last. When the quality of your characters is defined by the size of their balls, you’re in big trouble. That’s where the script hits a wall. Fortunately, in the end, this makes our protagonist the fighter he needs to be to overcome the obstacles he encounters.
This film is nothing to write home about, but it’s time well spent nonetheless. It is at the junction of action, thriller and horror. The editing is particular. It reminds us of grindhouse films and 1970s exploitation in general. The bad guys are intimidating, the hero eventually becomes sympathetic and women, well, they come second. This isn’t the most memorable film you’ll see this week.