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Neighbor cleverly flips the gender roles of classic exploitation cinema staples, giving us a lone woman who terrorises a series of mostly very frightened and defenceless men. Love thy neighbour? Depends on where your pain threshold lies. If you couldn't handle the last act of Takashi Miike's Audition, this isn't the film for you; we can't imagine finding a nastier film this year. It's character-driven, mind you, unlike the so-called 'torture porn' wave. Neighbor is an astonishing modern Grand Guignol masterpiece.

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  • Jan 19, 2011
    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 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.
    Japes . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2011
    <i>Neighbor</i>, from Robert A. Masciantonio, excels on too few levels to be successful.<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><i>Neighbor</i> succeeds when it comes to straight up violence. As a recommendable film, it fails. "You're fired!"</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    "You've no idea where I've been". I personally am not a huge fan of the "torture porn" genre as it stands and this movie is torture porn, pure and simple. Here America Olivo makes you rethink the perception of the "fairer sex" and will make you think twice if you're in the dating market. She does a wonderful imitation of becoming the sadistic Neighbor who morphs from seductive siren to cold brutal sadist in a heartbeat, showing no remorse, giving no explanation and is genuinely creepy in this movie. The torture scenes are brutal and gut wrenching and there are too many to get into, but writer/director Masciantonio will leave these scenes imprinted on your brain making you cringe with every horrific shot. Meanwhile Special effects\make-up honcho Vincent Guastini takes gore to a new level with his hyper-real mastery of the makeup. Think Fatal Attraction meets Hostel...with a bit of the ultra violence thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately there is no plot development, we don't connect with any of the characters, they only exist to be killed by "The Girl" and we have little inkling of why she is even killing to begin with. Not sure why they called it "Neighbor", either.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    FOUR STARS for SLASHER FANS. (Three stars for everyone else.) <div style="width:300px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href=""> <div style="width:300px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href=""> <div style="width:300px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href=""> <div style="width:300px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href=""> <div style="width:300px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href=""></a></div></div> <I>NEIGHBOR</I> (2009) <I>NEIGHBOR</I> Director's Cut (2010) Independent WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Robert A. Masciantonio FEATURING: America Olivo, Christian Campbell, Lauren Rooney, Pete Postiglione, Joe Aniska, Sarah McCarron, and Amy Rutledge GENRE: SLASHER/THRILLER/HORROR/PUZZLER TAGS: twisted, gruesome, bloody, anguish, torture, slasher, serial killer, RATING: 7 OUT OF 10 PINTS OF BLOOD PLOT: A resourceful, demented serial killer with a flair for fashion and drama (really now, is there any other kind?) tortures victims in modish suburban neighborhoods while raiding their refrigerators and stealing their designer clothes in this arty, unusual, cross-genre slasher yarn. COMMENTS: Creatively lurid violence complimented by Kurt Oldman's catchy score combines with a stylish graphic novel cinematic style to make Neighbor almost seem like a neo Giallo film, (even though it has many hallmarks of a Canadian independent.) Almost but not quite. Neighbor is an example of a movie that is almost a lot of things but fails to fully follow through on becoming any of them. "Intricately plotted" is another phrase that cannot be used to describe the effort. Despite this, I couldn't take my eyes off of Neighbor. I HAD to know where it was going and what would happen. The ending, while not what I was expecting, made a certain impression on me. I'm giving Neighbor 7 PINTS OF BLOOD even though it could have been more substantial. Slasher fans and gorehounds will think it deserves an 8. The gore is excruciating and hard to watch, yet manages a bit of tongue in cheek black humor without being campy. More importantly, and unique to the genre, Neighbor employs in-depth character development. From the start, we take an interest in, and care about the participants. We don't get this from very many slasher films, and if we do, it's superficial; the characters are stereotypes, ala, the stock high school caricatures in the the Friday The 13th movies. Also novel to the slasher genre is the use in Neighbor of a time and consciousness shift about a third of the way through the film which adds some depth to the otherwise overly simple plot. Had this time shift been developed into a full paradox, Neighbor might have become a thoughtfully intriguing and substantial horror movie. Not quite flashy enough to be a leading lady, not quite seasoned enough to be a full-fledged character actress, America Olivo nevertheless carries Neighbor with a surprisingly broad range of competent facial expressions and gestures. Her character, a deranged murderess, is captivating to watch which is good, because Neighbor's chic, stylish storyline is very simple. Olivo redeems the film, yet the missed opportunity for some compelling plot twists wastes Olivo's performance. Neighbor pans out to be not intricate enough for a classic psychological thriller, not supernatural enough to be horror, and not paradoxical enough to be a puzzler, yet it comes close to each category, and it's rather stylishly filmed, like an adaptation of a graphic novel. Best of all, despite it's modest story, Neighbor keeps us guessing. We try in vain to discern a motive as the film follows a psychotic killer on a crime spree. Controlled, calculating, she is able to simulate sanity while on a homicidal rampage, She taunts her victims, then captures them, holds them hostage in their own homes, uses a sewing machine to alter their clothes into fashionably unique designer outfits, devours delicacies from their pantries, -and then gruesomely tortures them to death with household appliances. Flippant use of nails-on-a-chalkboard type violence will make you wince and cover your eyes (while peaking between your fingers to see what happens.) Employing an arsenal of kitchen aids and workshop tools, Oliva's character brings us some memorable splatter scenes, such as when she taps a victim's ticker with a cask spigot and fills a wine goblet from his still beating heart. Neighbor blurs the boundary between fantasy and reality when the lead character, a mooky guy named Don (Campbell), wavers in and out of dreams, visions, and blackouts during his torture. The fantasy sequences artfully disrupt the timing and storyline in the tradition of the old An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge plot device, leading us to wonder if we are witness to a twisted irony ala Brazil and Jacob's Ladder. Sadly, the filmmakers neglected their chance to pursue this avenue, and the story misses a golden chance to advance to the next level of becoming a mesmerizing puzzler/mystery. With stylistic trappings of more interesting movies, Neighbor promises a lot but never quite hits the bullseye or fulfills its potential, despite being more sophisticated than most slasher yarns. While delivering excruciatingly graphic gore, it will appeal to horror and splatter fans despite its shortcomings, due to good characterization and vogue bearing. For these elements and its solid production values, I give Neighbor 7 PINTS. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href=""><img src="" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href=""><I>Neighbor</I></a> - trailer</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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