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Neighbor (2009)

  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 990 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: USA:90 min (unrated version) | USA:86 min (R Version)
  • Filming Location: Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Neighbor (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Neighbor (2009)
  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 990 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: USA:90 min (unrated version) | USA:86 min (R Version)
  • Filming Location: Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Director: Robert A. Masciantonio
  • Stars: America Olivo, Christian Campbell and Lauren Rooney
  • Original Music By: Kurt Oldman   
  • Soundtrack: Craft Fair
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Bar | Trapped In A Basement | Pizza Cutter | Toe Amputation | Burned To Death

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Robert A. Masciantonio  (as Robert Angelo Masciantonio)

Known Trivia

  • Bill “Stink” Fisher reprises his role as Danny Cunningham from Robert A. Masciantonio’s film Cold Hearts.
  • All of the characters’ last names are tied into horror films.
  • Writer/Director Robert A. Masciantonio has said the main characters name out loud only once and it was to America Olivo, the actress playing The Girl.
  • Jenn Crawford is the only character’s whose last name isn’t directly connected to the horror genre. She was named so after Faye Dunaway’s performance as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest. Robert A. Masciantonio has often said that film terrified him as a child.
  • While editing a scene on site, R. Emmett Sibley had to excuse himself to vomit.
  • One of the film’s most gruesome sequences was referred to on set as “The Love Scene”.
  • Director Robert A. Masciantonio was almost rushed to the hospital on Day 11 of the shoot for kidney stones.
  • Every character name, minus Kip Wellington, is a mixture from horror films.
  • Producer Charles Smith served as Christian Campbell’s stand-in/body double for one scene.
  • Robert A. Masciantonio cast many actors from his previous films but only one character is directly tied in to “neighbor”.

Goofs: Continuity: Scene after Don is rescued he has a scar on only one side of his mouth after having been skewered through both sides.

Plot: A mysterious new girl arrives in posh suburban neighborhood and quickly sets out to terrorize the town. As she starts breaking into homes and torturing the occupants, they begin to realize that she isn't just another girl next door. |  »

Story: A mysterious new girl arrives in posh suburban neighborhood and quickly sets out to terrorize the town. As she starts breaking into homes and torturing the occupants, they begin to realize that she isn't just another girl next door.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Charles Smith known as producer (as Charles St. John Smith III)

FullCast & Crew:

  • America Olivo known as The Girl
  • Christian Campbell known as Don Carpenter
  • Lauren Rooney known as Elizabeth Hitchcock
  • Pete Postiglione known as Mike Hodder
  • Joseph Aniska known as Sam Landis (as Joe Aniska)
  • Sarah McCarron known as Nancy Baker
  • Amy Rutledge known as Jenn Crawford
  • Mink Stole known as Mrs. Spool
  • Meredith Orlow known as Sophia Kane
  • Giovanna Galdi known as Laurie Leigh
  • Tracy Toth known as Mrs. Shaye
  • Robert A. Masciantonio known as Kip Wellington (as Robert Angelo Masciantonio)
  • Stink Fisher known as Daniel Cunningham
  • Megan Madsen known as Betsy Cunningham
  • Alexandra Golaszewska known as Linda Cunningham
  • Natalie Toth known as Tina Shaye
  • Angeline Zeigler known as Janet Price
  • Adam Bruce known as Party Guest
  • Lindsey Kruichak known as Sam's Wedding Date
  • Jason Chapman known as Party Guest
  • Michael Joe Kneafsey known as Fran
  • Amanda Leahy known as Party Guest
  • Angelo J. Masciantonio known as 'Big' Paulie
  • Christopher Carfagno known as Wedding DJ
  • Stacy Rowe known as Party Guest
  • R. Emmett Sibley known as Party Guest
  • Tatiana Zuniga known as Wedding Guest
  • Pery Shusterman known as Party Guest
  • Joe Pavone known as Party Guest
  • Charles Smith known as Party Creep (as Charles St. John Smith III)
  • Kevin Chester known as Party Guest
  • Thomas Walton known as Mister Softshoes
  • Joe Caldwell known as Party Guest
  • Josh Bender known as Party Guest
  • Jessica Yais known as Party Guest
  • Michael J. Masciantonio known as Party Guest
  • Nick 'Lazer' Bench known as Party Guest
  • Jeff Schirmer known as Party Guest (as Marc Jeff Schirmer)
  • Matt Imbrogno known as Party Guest
  • Andrew Shankweiler known as Party Guest
  • Nina Bena-Ashe known as Wedding Guest (as Nancy Berrios)
  • Elizabeth Otero known as Wedding Guest
  • Jamie Barelli known as Wedding Guest
  • Jenna Masciantonio known as Wedding Guest
  • Carissa DiGacomo known as Wedding Guest
  • Ashley M. Forsythe known as Wedding Guest
  • Angela DiGerolamo known as Wedding Guest
  • Jack Joseph Peffer known as Wedding Guest
  • Sally Marsh known as Wedding Guest
  • Angela Marconi known as Wedding Guest
  • Lisa Kramer known as Wedding Guest
  • Keenan Eichmann known as Wedding Guest
  • Steve Zeigler known as Wedding Guest
  • Angela C. Dawney known as Wedding Guest
  • Shawn Poston known as Wedding Guest
  • John Dunn known as Wedding Guest
  • Sophia Economon known as Wedding Guest
  • Matthew J. D'Orazio known as Wedding Guest
  • Dimitri Goncharov known as Wedding Guest
  • John McClay known as Wedding Guest
  • Linda Giles known as Wedding Guest
  • Marlon Grace known as Officer Fife (voice) (uncredited)
  • Mark Meyers known as Officer Felching (voice) (uncredited)
  • Michelle Santiago known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • April Chatman-Royce known as key makeup artist
  • April Chatman-Royce known as special makeup effects artist

Art Department:

  • Kevin Kindle known as props-set dresser
  • Kellie Jo Tinney known as charge scenic
  • Anthony Trovarello known as property master
  • Michael Virgilio known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Aspect Film (sales agent)
  • Neighbor Productions


  • Lionsgate (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • 21st Century Pictures (2012) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Grindstone Entertainment Group (2010) (USA) (all media)
  • High Fliers Distribution (2010) (UK) (all media)
  • High Fliers Video Distribution (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • H.O.M. Vision (2012) (Netherlands) (all media) (Benelux)
  • I-On New Media (2010) (Germany) (all media)
  • Maple Pictures (2010) (Canada) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Vincent Guastini Productions (special make-up effects by)

Release Date:

  • Canada 28 July 2009 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2009 (International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival)
  • UK 23 October 2009 (Sheffield Horror Film Festival)
  • France 28 October 2009 (Sainte Maxime International Horror Film Festival)
  • UK 19 April 2010 (Hampshire Film Festival)
  • USA 23 April 2010 (Cinema Slaughter Horror Festival)
  • USA 25 April 2010 (Sharp Mountain Film Festival)
  • UK 2 May 2010 (FAB Fest)
  • USA 27 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 28 January 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 12 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • France 8 October 2011 (Absurde Seance)

MPAA: Rated R for strong sadistic torture violence and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. troy12695 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    Matched by the terrible effects and acting of the worst movie you cansee, the plot of this movie was awful and made no sense what so ever. Ilaughed at this movie the entire time, and it wasn't meant to be funny.This movie contained the worst acting I've ever seen, and the worstattempt at special effects that I've ever had to endure, trying notlaugh the whole time. I do not recommend that anybody should watch thismovie, unless you want to see an atrocious story plot filled with badacting. I don't know why this movie got anything higher than a 1, butit doesn't deserve anything higher. Anybody who liked this movie, arepeople that don't know a real movie from a pathetic excuse to call amovie. This movie to me, will be the worst movie I've ever seen. But ihaven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's The last Airbender yet so it probablywont be for very long.

  2. dschmeding from Germany
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    Wow, I have to say that I haven't seen such a random movie for a while."Neighbor" … and here it starts, even the title of the movie makes nosense with the "plot" of it. Everybody read the synopsis so I won't getinto it… there is nothing more to say about what goes on here exceptthey spiced it up with a non-linear chaotic time-line that suggests adeeper meaning but when the credits roll you will yell at the screenabout the plain stupidity of it all.

    So what are the major letdowns? There is no character developmentwhatsoever, the main villain is not explained except for some shallowsidelines that suggest she experienced something bad (duh!). The femalelead overacts like hell, scenes are mashed together randomly and wenever learn why the hell she is shortly portrayed as some kind of anurse just to turn into a waitress the next moment and then become arock chick with leather skirts and boots that she lends from a guyshouse. The "posh" neighborhood is portrayed inconsistently, the torturescenes are just there to reel the Hostel/SAW fans in and whats mostdespicable of all that the movie tries to be smart and funny with somemovie quotes and lame jokes while the overall tone of the movie justdoesn't fit with this element.

    Why is the girl obsessed with the guy, why does she shed one tear, whatabout her notebook that is strongly accented in the beginning and thendropped on the sidelines, why is that ridiculous acid face burn (worstSpecial FX in the movie BTW) inserted with some ghost visions just toget dropped as well. The script is a mess, visuals and actors areOK…. but this is one of the most obvious signs lately that thistorture movie hype needs to end.

  3. martynmc7 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    All those who attended the Celluloid Screams horror festival inSheffield tonight were 'treated' to an uncut and unrated UK premier ofNeighbor in the presence of the films producer, who both introduced andattended a Q&A after the screening.

    To sum up the plot (of what little there is) Neighbor is the logicalconclusion to the current wave of torture-porn, consisting of littlemore than a woman who breaks into her neighbour's houses and torturesthem for fun. Some of these neighbour's are having a party, and one byone they arrive and get tortured in increasingly nasty and violentways.

    When introducing the film the producer told the audience it was OK tolaugh as this wasn't meant to be serious, however, the tone of the filmis very dark and not really particularly humorous. I guess the producerthought that the killer telling some jokes here-and-there, andtorturing a man by sticking a swizzle-stick down his penis until itbleeds, and then breaking the stick inside (get it…cocktail!) countsas humour. Well I'm afraid I found the film unsettling, unnecessary andnasty.

    However, my main issue concerns just how pointless the whole film is.There is no reason for any of it, and in fact the producer admitted tothe audience that the non-linear timing was added so people thought thefilm was deeper than it was (he also admitted he didn't really likemovies and preferred music, and that the editor had to throw up whenediting some of the scenes…which I don't blame him for.)

    Ultimately, this film was made to be sick and nasty, at least in othersuch extreme cinema a semblance of point could be found (such as Salo,or Cannibal Holocaust), but Neighbor is having none of it. I doubt itwill get a release (and the censors will hack it to pieces before itdoes), and if it is released I cannot really recommend it to anyone.Suffice it to say it left a very sour taste in my mouth.

    I gave this film 2 stars as the acting is very good, and the SFX areastounding considering the budget (though to be honest, the realism iswhat makes this nasty pieces of trash even worse). See it if you must,but don't expect to enjoy it or get it out of your head for a longwhile to come.

  4. Corpus_Vile from Dublin, Ireland
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    An unnamed psycho chick (America Olivo)breaks into the homes ofsuburbia, subjecting the inhabitants to horrific degrees of torture.She soon has her eye on likable guy Don, (Christian Campell)who isplanning on hosting a party with his friends. However, his plans areinterrupted in a bad way when our anti heroine pays him a call. Will hesurvive what she has in store for him? Or will his tormentor be hostinga party of her own?

    I caught this at the Edinburgh Fabfest, and when the producerintroduces an honest to god doctor to warn patrons of a film's content,I couldn't help but suspect a cheap gimmick, and unfortunately, Iwasn't wrong either.

    Apart from some very impressive FX and set pieces, (and one scene inparticular is guaranteed a reaction from guys and will be the talkingpoint of the film), there's really nothing new to see here at all.

    It attempts to make use of a disastrous time slip plot device whichfails miserably, and will have you scratching your head as it'sultimately meaningless, and appears to be an attempt to give the filmsome gravitas, which it doesn't have, because ultimately, the filmdoesn't really go anywhere, and has no particular plot to it.

    However, fans of extreme horror for the sake of it, who may have likedGrotesque for example, or who are fans of set pieces, could do a lotworse here though, as the film definitely doesn't shy away from extremecontent, shows an absolute willingness to push the envelope, andagain,is technically brilliant in its execution.

    The film overall however, is a pretty unremarkable and ultimatelydisappointing affair, which is a pity, as it potentially could havebeen great.

  5. TomTom233 from San Diego, CA
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    "Hey, we got money for some good gory effects." "But we don't have anymoney now for actors, a writer or director" "Ah, we don't need it. Justget some people off the street. No one will notice."

    Sometimes you watch a "movie" so bad you can't believe that there wassomeone in the world who actually uttered the words "yes, I will seethis gets funded" The lead actress is very easy on the eyes – and thenshe tries to act and even someone this attractive looks ugly. Everyoneelse is worse.

    The director, if you can call him that, has his name above the title. Idon't know why. When I saw that I assumed he was someone of note I musthave not heard of before but after looking at his credits, he's not.And of course he possesses no actual directing skills. None. Just thinkif you saw some bad video on youtube and the guy who made it puts hisname above the title. It's that stupid.

    This "movie" makes no sense. But the worst thing of all, besides theterrible acting, writing and "directing" is the fact it still got a DVDdeal. Really, it's pretty amazing what can get a DVD deal nowadays. Nowmy six year old is pretty handy with the camera – I wonder if thisdirector can hook us up. I will make sure my six year old puts his nameabove the title on his work.

  6. Flashlight_Redlight from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    i cant believe how bad this is. its one of the worst movies ever is shot on video with really bad actors and a director who has noclue what hes doing. whoever wrote this garbage should go to prison. iadmit we couldn't watch the whole thing it was just to boring. the guygetting tortured seems to just be getting pinched or something becausehe doesn't act like hes in any real pain. the girl doing the torturingis a terrible terrible actress. the special fx are week. i don't knowwhat happened at the end because i couldn't watch the rest it was soboring. how did this end up on a DVD ? can someone tell me that. thosebad straight to video blair witch project parodies were actually betterthan this. i give this movie a one only because you cant go any lower.this is the worst movie ever made.

    the day i posted this i got an email from another user who said thedirector flags all the bad reviews. then a few days later my post wasgone. so be careful. i am contacting the IMDb about this, this must beagainst the rules.

  7. On_The_Mark from New York, NY
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    The fact there is the word "awful" next to the one when you choose ithere is about as apropos as it gets.

    This was bad. It makes Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 look like CitizenKane and that is no exaggeration, my friends. Sometimes you come acrossa movie so poorly executed, you sit there mouth agape wondering if it'sreal. The fact that someone actually wrote what was saw on the screendown, in English, boggles the mind. Even the actors had to be gigglingat how bad it was, not that these people are going to get a lot of workwith the level of skill displayed (although it's not like they had alot to work with) – but the lead guy, he was just terrible and he'ssupposed to be the brother of Neve Campbell. Well, Martin Sheen andPatrick Swayze have a bad actor brothers too, so there you go.

    The guy who directed this mess should be punished. He should be lockedin a room and forced to watch it over and over and over for a weekstraight. He should be arrested and fined and banned from everdirecting anything ever again.

    And for you wannabe filmmakers, take note. This is exactly what you donot do. If you want to make a movie, make sure there's a story. Makeyour characters three dimensional and work on your dialog. Just havinga bunch of gore with no real story does not make an entertaining film.Learn how to direct a film keeping in mind the viewpoint of the peoplewatching (this guy sure didn't).

    Luckily we didn't have to pay to see this waste of a DVD and I honestlyfeel sorry for anyone who was duped into thinking this was anentertaining movie and forking out whatever money you had to pay (evena dollar is a rip-off).

    I like to write letters for stuff that is really good or really bad(this being the latter) and the only place I can think of complainingis Lionsgate. Yeah, Lionsgate? Have they scraped the bottom of thebarrel or what?

  8. pickles55 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    I read one review here…someone actually claimed this was done by aguy who is a mixture of Hitchcock and Tarantino. There isn't adimension in the spectrum of dimensions that this would be true. Thisclearly was written by someone who worked on this pile of twaddle. EvenTarantino, whose tastes are of a 15 year old fanboy, would have beeninsulted. To put this in perspective, it would be like saying the catplaying piano video on youtube was done by someone who is a mixture ofSpielberg and John Ford. It's insulting.

    The acting in this rigmarole border on high school playish…thedirector has zero clue what he's doing. I haven't looked at his creditsyet but I find it hard to believe this wasn't some guy who was justplucked off the street. He has no skills yet his name is above thecredits. So not only is he taking credit for this ludicrousness, butsomehow thinks his name will bring in viewers. I can see no otherreason why his name would be in the title. At least we know that nameis now synonymous with terrible cinema. He makes Uwe Boll look likeFrank Darabont.

    We could not finish this, it was too amateurishly written, directed andacted…it's clear we've reach a new age in DVDs…literally anyone canmake a movie and get it on a DVD. If you stay away from one rental in2010, make it this movie. Wait…is this a movie?

  9. white_fire4 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    This movie has a good premise. A girl who lives in your neighborhood,going around and killing everyone around you in varying forms of gorytorture, just to entertain herself. The thought of that would be veryscary in real life, and if done properly, could make for a very tense,entertaining movie.

    It's unfortunate this idea was turned into this horrible B 'movie'.

    While it starts off very strong, and in a very interesting way, itunfortunately goes downhill, especially after the half way mark when ittries to do hallucination based alternate time lines that make no realsense and have no point being in the movie, other than to provide moregore.

    A young woman, who is never named, starts off in a kitchen, eating somecereal, going through the house as if just waking up in the morning,giving the viewer a sense of calm. This quickly turns to horror, as shegoes upstairs, into a room very calmly, and finds the actual husbandand wife of the house, tied up to chairs, with horrible looking woundson their bodies, the wife dead in the chair. Very chilling and nerveracking, as the Girl displays massive psychosis and a very calm naturewhile finishing off the occupants.

    From there, we go to the main leading man, who just had a crap load ofshrooms and wakes up in his chair, watching TV on hiswidescreen….which is inexplicably hooked up to an archaic cable TVdevice. It makes no sense whatsoever if you are aware of technology ofboth today and yesteryear. And this is just the first of many headscratching things in the movie.

    We find out that the main lead guy is a 'musician', hangs out at alocal eatery/pub a lot, is infatuated with a girl from the bar, butnever says anything to her, was in a relationship with a rather chubby,unattractive blonde who works in a book store filled with seeminglynothing but paperback books….I haven't seen a store like that inabout 10 years.

    He has two male friends, one of which is getting married, which onlyever comes into play in the aforementioned hallucination sequenceslater on, and serves really only at a feeble attempt of characterdevelopment.

    After spending a night at the house working on music, and then watchinga movie together….3 men, watching a movie together, with no hint ofbeer or anything….just a bit odd. But not as odd as where they allactually live, because the 'neighborhood' is constantly shifting andchanging, from posh, to suburban, to ghetto hood depending on the shotin the film. Incredibly inconsistent, even in the interior of thehouse, as the main leads basement looks like a rat dwelling, and yetthe upstairs looks like it's taken care of by Martha Stewart? See how Iwent from one point to another there without finishing the first point?Expect that A LOT in this movie. It will randomly cut from one thing toanother, and never really finish certain shots/stories.

    Anyways, after the movie watching, the male lead is standing in hisdriveway, a bunch of stuff with the friends, then he's in his basementtied up in a chair by the Girl. What follows is inconsistent,blathering nonsense, punctuated with scenes of bloody gore.

    Now, with the gore….while it looks decent, it too, unfortunately, isvery inconsistent. For one thing, the main guy has his wrists ducttaped to the chair, but in one shot when he's 'escaping', the tape ismagically gone and he's free. I kid you not.

    One girl is given a glasgow smile with a hacksaw….yet in scenes justa minute or two later, with her cheeks all torn apart, you canliterally see the sides of her mouth, still in tact.

    The main guy has his eye lids pinned up into his forehead, yet again,later on, the holes still in his forehead, his eyelids are fine, infact back to completely normal, no holes, no nothing! At it's verycore, it's essentially a girl who just tortures the hell out ofeveryone in a few houses for an hour and a half, with about 20 minutesof WTF is going on thrown in the middle for some reason.

    This movie could have been something much better, but ultimately, it'sjust bad. Besides, any movie that constantly finds an excuse to throwin the beginning of the credits from some movie the director made 10years ago, which was also a B grade movie, is just not good.

  10. Sleeping_Lion from Swindon, UK
    30 Mar 2012, 12:38 pm

    One of my mates brought this over and we figured the movie was going tobe in the slasher genre and expected another low budget, silly, fakeblood, snooze fest. Sadly, that would have been an upgrade from what wewitnessed. This was as boring a movie as one could possibly find infact I defy you to find a worse movie than this made in the last 30years. I find in many movies in this genre there always seems to be alack of talent in the acting department, however in this case, if youcall this "acting" you are easily entertained. There wasn't an actor inthe bunch. The acting and screen writing was WAY below my expectations,quite possibly the worst I've ever seen. As I write this I'm trying tothink of a movie to compare this too that was awful and I can't thinkof one at the level of this garbage.

    Worst is the direction. I don't know who directed this but I wouldguess they went to Hollywood Upstairs Directing School because it's theworst directed straight-to-DVD movie I've ever seen. Honestly, you haveto wonder if this was funded by the "directors" uncle because there'sno way any legit source would have given this guy money to make thismovie. When you think you can't be amazed, you see this.

    One of my mates who was watching this with me summed it up perfectly.He said, "Neighbor was Uwe Boll meets Ed Wood ". He was so wrong. UweBoll and Ed Wood were far better filmmakers than the people who putthis thing together. I think we have found the new "Worst Director ofall Time."

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