The Neighbour | What in hell is going on next door in redneck rural Mississippi?

The Neighbour
(Image credit: © Arrow Films)

This slow-burning thriller set in rural Mississippi creates a mood of edgy suspense before unleashing sequences of heart-in-mouth terror.

What the hell is going on next door?

Deep in hardscrabble rural Mississippi, cash-strapped young couple John (Josh Stewart) and Rosie (Alex Essoe), are low-level players in a local drug ring. Yet if they are making a dishonest buck their illicit activities pale in comparison to what their shady, rabbit-shooting neighbour Troy (Blue-collar comedy stand-up Bill Engvall) is getting up to in his cellar…

Lean, slow-burning thriller The Neighbour takes its time revealing its secrets. Too much time, some will feel. But the patient build-up pays off, with director Marcus Dunstan creating a mood of edgy suspense before unleashing some sequences of heart-in-mouth terror. Almost as scary is the film’s implication that resorting to criminality of one kind or another is the only way to get by in the economically depressed society it depicts.

Certificate 18. Runtime 87 mins. Director Marcus Dunstan

The Neighbour debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Thursday 18 May. Available on DVD from Arrow Films.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.