The Good Neighbor Review (2016)

 

The Good Neighbor isn’t a horror film but it is a surprisingly good suspense thriller.

The Story

.A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting elderly neighbor while keeping his every reaction under surveillance. A series of coincidences leads to tragedy.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

First of all, The Good Neighbor isn’t a horror film. But it is very well made and original suspense thriller which is worth talking about. This film is a prime example of what the standard should be even if it’s a lower-budget production. The Good Neighbor has both drama and suspense. At its core, the film is a crime-thriller.  The Good Neighbor have skillful writing, directing, acting and editing. They are extraordinarily sophisticated in style and will exceed most viewers initial expectations.

The movie starts as a paranormal prank by two teens in the name of social experiment.  They broke into this old man’s house and rig it to make him think that his house is haunted.  Initially, we don’t know much about this old man played by James Caan.  We just assumed that he is a grumpy mean old man.  Soon they realized that this old man is a rather unusual subject. He has a basement securely locked from the outside, a mysterious visiting woman, no apparent fear towards the extreme tactics they make to convince him he’s haunted, and he’s unpredictability violent and destructive.

Obviously, at the end of the movie, every thing goes wrong. Last few minuets of the movie is very suspenseful and keep in the edge of your seat.  It was interesting how they starts to cut in to court trial scene of this two young man in the middle of the movie which foreshadows what is to come.

The ending is very powerful as the movie slowly reveals this old man’s past.  It is worth watching through the movie just to find out what happens at the end.

In the Nutshell

The Good Neighbor isn’t a horror film but it is a surprisingly good suspense thriller that I highly recommend. [5 out of 5 stars.]

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Genre: Suspense Thriller

Rotten Tomato Rating: 29% / 45%

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