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Neighbor, from Robert A. Masciantonio, excels on too few levels to be successful.The film runs under 90 minutes, but with a paper thin plot it doesn't feel that brief. The introduction serves as a good snare; however, there isn't much to gain after that. The story never goes anywhere interesting and aside from the lead, the character buildups lack any amusement, which ends up making them unlikable.So where does this film succeed? The savagery. The gore factor is extreme and the violence is merciless, while the makeup effects intensify everything even more. There is even a portion in the middle of the film where the story seems to wander aimlessly just to create moments for extra bloodshed.America Olivo is the only person worth noting. Her performance as the terrorizing antagonist is gratifying. She pulls off the crazy without going annoyingly bonkers. It's just too bad she finds herself in this movie. Everyone else in the film is completely forgettable.Neighbor succeeds when it comes to straight up violence. As a recommendable film, it fails. "You're fired!"
Though the blood and gore were very realistic, and the acting was pretty decent, that still doesn't make up for the shitty writing and useless plot. Some things the characters said in the movie was just so stupid. Like I couldn't imagine anyone saying that in real life. I'd give examples, if I could remember any.
The plot was probably the worst thing about the film. So a crazy girl goes around and torture/kills people..........and? what? That's it? It was so shallow. Clearly she's a psycho, but was she always like that? Something a little deeper into her background would've satisfied me. She didn't even have a motive. I would've been interested in why she did the things she did. It seemed kind of pointless. Why is she killing/torturing people? She enjoys it........okay...but are there any other reasons? It was just a plain & simple idea that anyone could've come up with.
The next thing that bothered me was the fact that she kills all these people, and she doesn't get caught. Really? People see her around, no one has suspected her? In the one scene where the psycho girl is sitting on the bench with the mother talking. The mother realizes she's a bit off, and leaves the park with her child. There's also a dog walker there, who is kidnapped by the psycho. The dog walker was the mother's neighbor....so wouldn't the mother realize she was missing? And wouldn't the mother call the police and give a detailed description about the psycho girl she saw at the park? I mean the movie let's her get away with so much, and the psycho isn't even very good at hiding up any evidence she leaves behind. I just couldn't believe that she hadn't been caught yet. The movie also doesn't show how the psycho girl kidnaps any of her victims. She's a scrawny girl, how can no one stop her? Are they really [I]that[/I] weak? It was just so unbelievable. The gore and violence were actually pretty impressive, but that doesn't excuse the god awful plot. And for the record, the guy she was torturing for 2 days, would've died from loss of blood much sooner than that....and she kept him conscious for the majority of it, so he probably would've died even sooner. Duh.
Don't watch this movie, unless you're watching it for the blood/gore.
A little nasty and extreme low budget creeper.
This movie is brutal. Loads of disgusting bloody torture, I don't get how this didn't receive an NC-17 rating. Maybe it did originally I just didn't do research on it's MPAA ratings. But other than it's gruesome gory violence there's not much else. It brings nothing new to the table. If you were to take out all the gore scenes this would be a lame movie. Not the worst but just pretty boring. I do give it respect for having the balls to go as far as they did and still manage to make it look good. Great, good old fashioned latex gore! Descent but highly forgettable movie. Avoid the R rating and rent the UNRATED. I don't know the differences between the two, but shit, why rent the R rating and watch something that's just going to be watered down. This movie puts most mainstream "torture porn" (I know - I hate that fucking label to) to shame! Descent film. I just wish it was more fun and a little less sadistic, which would be fine and everything (the sadistic part), but like I said...only if it was a little more fun. Give it a go though...if you can stomach this kind of stuff.
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