Monday, February 21, 2011

Neighbor (Robert A. Masciantonio, 2009)

Take one hot creepy murderer and add a trio of musical semi-hipsters, mix with a non-linear story-line and a generous dollop of torture porn, and you have Neighbor.

I have got to say, I completely got this because America Olivo from Bitch Slap was in it. Up to the thirty minute mark I had serious doubts as to whether she was enough to keep me interested. She was good in it; quirky and a touch goofy, then mean and brutal, all the while making movie references. The movie was pretty brutal in the Herschel Gordon Lewis vein, with lots of up-close and personal dismemberment and disfiguration. The quality of the gore was rarely of the too believable variety, but varied in style and overall effect. There were a few moments when I admit to having covered my eyes, as often the idea is bad enough no matter how good or bad the gore effects are.

Story-wise it is a hard movie to decipher. It is definitely non-linear, but rather than being Pulp Fiction styled, it is intentionally meant to confuse the viewer. It is hard to tell what, if anything, is actually supposed to be happening. The main victim, Don, is obviously experiencing post traumatic stress through parts of the film, yet at other times it seems plain that he did not survive. It is not a supernatural tale, but perhaps has a Last Temptation of Christ idea going where Don views the events differently while being tortured. I'd like to see what some of my smarter film fans have to say about it. It is a disturbing film, but very intriguing. While this is a B movie, it is not of the so-bad-it's-good line, it is a fairly good movie that takes some chances while not trying to be more than it was born to be. There is no great moral to be learned, but it is a bit of a puzzle to decipher. If you can handle the gore and senseless violence, it is well worth checking out.


Jay Amabile said...

I was hoping this would be good. After I wrote about Robert's earlier film Cold Hearts, he wasn't pleased! I am looking forward to watching this one though.

Darius Whiteplume said...

After reading you review of Cold Hearts I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by Neighbor. At times it is hard to figure out what the hell happened, but that's not such a bad thing. It's a bit like if the guys who made Saw and The Strangers got together and tried making a surrealist horror film. The wife did not like how disturbing it was, but never once said "turn this shit off," which is a good sign. You should have seen the look when I had her try out The Room :-D

Anonymous said...

This movie is Grimey!!! Its raw, check it out if u got the balls!!! Its better then most of the B.S. Out there, its a HORROR film, it supposed to be Horrorific!!!

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