Marcus Dunstan teamed up with the way-underrated Josh Stewart, we got two entertaining and thrilling movies: The Collector (review HERE) and The Collection (review HERE.)
Both were great Home Invasion Thrillers, and now we get The Neighbor which feels a lot like those films in its mechanics. It has a different plot of course, but it's Josh Stewart once again trapped inside of the house with a twisted killer, being forced to use his wits to escape and save the day.
Duntsan and Stewart pull of that premise so well together though that we don't even care how familiar it all feels. Bring it on.
|AS IF SAYING "I'LL KILL YOU IF YOU LEAVE" WILL SOMEHOW MAKE THEM WANT TO STAY?|
|...WHICH WOULD BE FINE AND WELL, IF ROSIE WEREN'T SUCH A CREEPER.|
An attempted escape from the Boom Boom Room ensues.
|THAT'S NOT HELPFUL AT ALL.|
Intensity is the order of the day here, and it works well.
Josh Stewart is a guy who has been around for a while now, and he's had some small roles in some great movies and TV shows, but is still a bit under the radar. He's a great actor, and we love how the films of Marcus Dusntan allow him to take the lead and shine. He's got a humble, southern boy charm about him, and he really needs to be the lead in more movies. Alex Essoe's character felt like more of a plot device than anything, but that's because she killed it in Starry Eyes, and just doesn't have a ton to do here other than play the victim. She has her moments towards the end though.
It's comedian Bill Engvall that really owns this movie though. For a funny man, he plays menacing extremely well, and he made Troy a truly memorable villain. Kinda wish that he had more time towards the end to flex his twisted muscle, so to speak, but he was really good with what he was given, and that was enough for us. Mostly.
|JOSH STEWART ALWAYS LOOKS HIGH TO US.|
|STILL, GUNS ARE FIRED, AND LIVES END.|
|SHE'S HAD A ROUGH DAY.|
|BOY, AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH.|
If you liked The Collector flicks, and are cool with revisiting that same type of world, only with a bit less twisted violence throughout, then you'll probably like The Neighbor a lot too.
The Neighbor is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Alex Essoe is in this, and she's still got those dreamy, starry eyes.