Neighbor, Thriller Set For September Release -Trailer Review


Neighbor, The: Trailer Review

Neighbor, The: Film Details Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton The Neighbor

Director: Marcus Dunstan

Writers: Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton

Release Date: September 9, 2016

Release Format: Blu-Ray, VOD

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Horror Sub-Genre: Crime-Thriller


Here is some exciting news. Marcus Dunstan, the mastermind behind the chilling The Collector and The Collection is working on his next film, The Neighbor, which is in post-production. If you’ve seen Dunstan’s work in the aforementioned films, then you know what you can expect in terms of creativeness, inventiveness, and quality.

The film takes place in the small town of Cutter, Mississippi, where most people keep to themselves. But when John (Josh Stewart) comes home to find his girlfriend Rosie (Alex Essoe) missing, he suspects his mysterious and off-putting neighbor (Bill Engvall) is somehow involved.

John learns that Rosie’s life is not all that is at stake after a visit to his neighbor’s cellar. It becomes clear that the seemingly quiet town is more dangerous than it looks, and John and Rosie must do more than just run away if they want to survive the night.

Trailer Summary

Taking a look at the trailer for The Neighbor, I can definitely see Duncan’s work showing through. The trailer starts off subtle. Then we come to our mysterious acquaintance, who portrays the everyday nice neighbor. He stops by the next door house (a young couple) for a chit-chat, and get to know them.

The trailer then picks up and becomes more dark, intense, and intriguing. We see the young woman, who has obviously been abducted, tied up inside of a dark house with prison bars.

The words “Sometimes the Darkest Secret Is Just Next Door” flashes on the screen, followed by “Fear  Thy Neighbor”. There are interweaving intense scenes of masked assailants and tormentors tormenting their victims.


The synopsis is already chilling and exciting in itself. A mysterious neighbor who’s holding dark secrets within his house abducts his neighbors, and they become imprisoned in his house of death traps. This, of course, is only speculation building up from the synopsis and the trailer. But it looks like the direction it’s headed.

Let’s not forget that Dunstan also collaborated with directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IV), and David Hackl (Saw V). He co-wrote the scripts for both films. When you watch the trailer, you can definitely see his work showing through.

The Neighbor stars Josh Stewart (who also starred in Duncan’s The Collection), as John, and Alex Essoe as Rosie, who did an exceptional performance in Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s Starry Eyes.

Bill Engvall stars Troy, the mysterious neighbor. This film and this particular role are a new for Engvall, as he is more known for comedies, and he is a big advocate in the Comedy genre. The film makes Engvall’s debut into the Horror genre, so I am anxious to see how he adapts to this new dark persona.

The rest of the cast includes Luke Edwards, Jacqueline Fleming, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Melissa Bolona, David Kallaway, Kenny Barr, Mason Guccione, Artrial Clark, Heather Williams, Ben Matheny, Zoe Dean.

The Neighbor is set to release on Blu-Ray and VOD on September 9, 2016.


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