The Good Neighbor (2016)

The Good Neighbor (2016)

2016 98 Minutes


Two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.

Overall Rating

5 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • Featuring the legend that is James Caan, The Good Neighbour is about a couple of teenagers who continually prank a neighbour for a project into making them believe that they are experiencing a paranormal entity...but things start to get out of hand. I remember watching the trailer for this and thought this could be a decent thriller. A slight twist to the usual standard thriller/horror movie...but nope. So much nope. This is utter rubbish. Let's start off with the good, James Caan. A veteran Hollywood actor returns to our screens and gives an understated performance, he is easily the best thing about this film. His character is very broken, we are made to believe he is an evil awful human being but actually there is more to him than meets the eye and I thought Caan portrayed that brilliantly. That, unfortunately, is where the good points end. My word...this film is the definition of boring, so boring that I nearly fell asleep. The teenagers were stupid, the script was tedious, the camera shots bordered on unimaginative and the whole premise was a massive letdown. I actually spent the whole film wondering why one of the cameras in the living room was named "DEN_01"...what the heck is up with that? In the same room as the "LOUNGE_01", am I missing something? This is what I spent the whole film thinking about, and it's still driving me nuts. What does "DEN" mean!? Ugh, enough about that. The 'paranormal' pranks looked extremely fake and pretty sure anyone who would've experienced it could figure it out straight away. The teenagers were ridiculously stupid, so stupid that one of them carries a gun to the neighbour's house just to pick up a fallen camera. A flipping gun!? That's just overkill. Half the film is explaining the purpose of the experiment and the other half is watching a camera watching the teenagers watching the neighbour watching the TV...I mean that's alot of watching. I should've known this film was utter tripe when the production company was Vertical Entertainment, check their filmography out because I can guarantee all the films are awful. Overall, The Good Neighbour was boring, uneventful, a snooze fest, tedious, dull, stupid and a god damn waste of my time...but James Caan was good.