Neighbor (2009 film)
DVD released by Lions Gate Entertainment
|Directed by||Robert A. Masciantonio|
|Produced by||Charles Smith|
|Written by||Robert A. Masciantonio|
Robert A. Masciantonio
|Music by||Kurt Oldman|
|Editing by||R. Emmett Sibley|
|Studio||Third Floor Pictures|
|Distributed by||Grindstone Entertainment Group|
|Running time||90 minutes|
While dancing around a house, "The Girl" enters a bedroom and finds a man and a dead woman tied to chairs. The Girl acts shocked, but then it is revealed that she was the one who had captured and tortured this couple, killing a female relative and possibly their baby as well. The Girl finishes the husband off by stabbing him in the chest with a tap, and collects the blood that drips from it in a wine glass. The Girl then claims two more victims, an elderly woman whose medication she tampers with, and a high school student she drowns in a bathtub after several unsuccessful attempts to electrocute her. The Girl moves on to stalking Don Carpenter, a stoner and member of a band who lives alone, so The Girl easily captures him, and imprisons him in his recording studio basement.
The Girl tortures and mutilates Don for amusement, and gives him drugs that cause to him experience strange dreams and hallucinations. Don's friends, bandmates, and ex-girlfriend are also captured and tortured to death by The Girl. Eventually growing bored with Don, The Girl strangles him (inexplicably beginning to cry while doing so) as he weakly tries to do the same to her. Don's body and those of his friends are posed around the basement by The Girl, who then goes upstairs, where a party Don had been planning is in full swing. The Girl greets the guests, leaves the house, and dances down the street.
As the credits role, Mike, one of Don's bandmates who had seemingly died when The Girl tricked him into drinking drain cleaner, awakens, coughs up the chemicals, and screams for help when he realizes he is now blind.
- America Olivo as The Girl
- Christian Campbell as Don Carpenter
- Joseph Aniska as Sam Landis
- Pete Postiglione as Mike Hodder
- Lauren Rooney as Elizabeth Hitchcock
- Mink Stole as Mrs. Spool
- Sarah McCarron as Nancy Baker
- Amy Rutledge as Jenn Crawford
- Meredith Orlow as Sophia Kane
- Giovanna Galdi as Laurie Leigh
- Tracy Toth as Mrs. Shaye
- Robert A. Masciantonio as Kip Wellington
- Stink Fisher as Daniel Cunningham
- Megan Madsen as Betsy Cunningham
- Alexandra Golaszewska as Linda Cunningham
- Natalie Toth as Tina Shaye
- Lindsey Kruichak as Sam's Wedding Date
- Angeline Zeigler as Janet Price
Two prequel short stories were written by Robert A. Masciantonio. The first, New Girl in Town, was included in Anthology Philly, while the second one, Neighbor for Christmas, was released on Amazon.com. In January, 2013 it was announced on Icons of Frights that Masciantonio will continue the series of e-stories for each major American holiday. The Girl Who Got Lucky... A St. Patty's Day Tale was released on the 12th of March.
Neighbor was described as "deliciously dark and humorous" by Dread Central, which awarded it a four out of five, while Fangoria gave it a three and a half out of four, stating it is "definitely one for the gore-lover's library". Horror News.net said, "Do yourself a huge favor. Run out and get a copy of Neighbor as soon as it is available to own. Trust me, you won’t regret it. If I had to describe it in just a few words I would say it was brutal, disturbing, and at times, a little hard to watch (and this is coming from a hardcore gore fiend). I was very impressed by this film and I think that a lot of other viewers will be as well".
DVD Talk said that while the film began well, it eventually became "a chore to watch" and "devolves into an ugly and unconvincing exercise in 'torture porn' that abandons the film's earlier strengths and fails to engage the viewer". DVD Verdict wrote, "I really wanted to like Neighbor for America Olivo's performance (which is dark and funny in equal measure) and the overwhelming amount of attention lavished on the gore. However, the lack of any real plot or character development makes Neighbor hard to love". The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre succinctly stated "torture porn has never been this pointless" and "The movie is campy and seems to have been intended as a comedy, but it isn't funny".
- "Neighbor Director Releasing New Short Story Series!". Icons of Fright. January 30, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Barton, Steve (August 11, 2010). "Neighbor (DVD)". DreadCentral. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Quaranta, Audrey (July 27, 2010). "Neighbor (DVD Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Martin, Todd (May 1, 2012). "Film Review: Neighbor (2010)". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Felix, Justin (July 31, 2010). "Neighbor". DVD Talk. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Gordon Sullivan (July 26, 2010). "Neighbor". DVD Verdict. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Toledano, Zev. "Extreme Sadism & Violence". The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre. Retrieved January 20, 2013.