HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Benediction
Nezha Reborn
Evil Toons
Worst Person in the World, The
Whirlpool
Hunter Will Get You
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Revolver
Men, The
Parallel Mothers
Sadness, The
Bloody New Year
Faye
Body Count
Spider-Man: No Way Home
'Round Midnight
Wild Men
Barry & Joan
Wake Up Punk
Twin, The
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
One of These Days
Lift to the Scaffold
Savage Dawn
Rest in Pieces
Innocents in Paris
We're All Going to the World's Fair
Beyond the Door 3
Jules et Jim
Love Jones
Saint-Narcisse
Souvenir Part II, The
Knockabout
400 Blows, The
Virus: 32
Studio 666
Great Movement, The
Lost in La Mancha
Cellar, The
Sacred Spirit, The
   
 
Newest Articles
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
   
 
  Killer Next Door, The Carer Taking Care
Year: 2002
Director: Christopher Haifley
Stars: Adam Scott, Mark Pellegrino, Aimee Graham, Brian Austin Green, Jennifer Darling, Fini Goodman, Brian Lally, Matt Casado, Dale Raoul, Susan Han
Genre: Drama, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: The year is 1988 and Ronnie (Adam Scott) is a young man living with his mother (Jennifer Darling) next to a home for the mentally disabled where he has a job as a care worker. Although his elderly mother lives in their house, Ronnie actually resides in the guest house in the back garden and is content to drift through life, listening to music on his headphones. However, this day his mother informs him that his brother Keith (Mark Pellegrino) is being released from prison on parole and Ronnie is not happy as he does not have a good relationship with him and is worried about Keith getting his hands on his late father's collection of rifles. But that will be the least of his worries, as he will soon find out...

Scripted by actor Matt Casado and Clayton Gardner, The Killer Next Door, originally named after its title character Ronnie (the new name is misleading), has the feel of an adaptation of a true story. It charts a series of events that escalate into "mayhem", as the pre-titles card puts it, and leaves a couple of the characters dead, but it's not really a thriller, and despite growing ever more farcical, not really a comedy either. What it is is convincingly acted, and with everyone in it behaving dubiously at some points during the story that's crucial to keep you watching and not rejecting it in frustration.

That, and you want to see how things will pan out. Ronnie is not exactly socially adept, and when he accidentally sees one of the patients at the home, a young woman named Sarah (Fini Goodman), naked, he begins to feel deeply inappropriate romantic inclinations towards her. He doesn't act on them until his mother is hospitalised after falling out of a moving taxi, and he has his home to himself, so when Sarah wanders off and Ronnie finds her in the middle of the street, instead of taking her back to the care facility he escorts her back to the guest house.

There, in a cringeful moment, he tentatively attempts advances on her, which are thankfully interrupted when Keith arrives earlier than expected with his girlfriend Kelly (Aimee Graham), wondering what's happened to his mother. Ronnie sends him to the hospital, (Scott is a picture of awkwardness, both intimidated by his brother and guilty about his new secret), and returns indoors to discover Sarah has dumped all her clothes in the toilet. One thing leads to another, and Ronnie ends up tying the unstable Sarah to the bed while he tries to dry her clothes. And now the police are looking for her.

So far, so uncomfortable, and it's this sense of semi-comical unease that is possibly the film's strongest suit. Keith invites a couple of friends over (one played by writer Casado) and they proceed to get very high on cocaine, but it's the gun collection that is on their minds. They are Keith's connection to his father and he doesn't want to let them go but you just know that they will be used for poorly thought out means sooner or later, and when one of the friends attempts to rape Kelly the tension is noticeably heightened after the plot has been simmering away. Unfortunately, the last fifteen minutes (and it's a fairly short film) verge on the unbelievable and may leave you thinking, "was that it?" Still, the actors carry it. Music by Karl Preusser.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4061 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: