New Trailer for Good Neighbors Starring a Creepy Jay Baruchel
05.20.11 by Ryan
The "creepy neighbor" sub-genre got a real shot in the arm from Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller Rear Window, and has been used as a template for movies about tenants who suspect someone who lives in the building could be up to no good.
Canadian thriller Good Neighbors is about two tenants (Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire) living in a apartment building in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood who are obsessed with the activities of a local serial killer. While no one is staring at other tenants with binoculars, Speedman is in a wheelchair a la James Stewart. Or is he? The point of the recently released trailer is that anyone, or, in this case, everyone is a suspect.
Neighbors Spencer (Speedman) and Louise (Hampshire) have bonded over their fascination with a recent string of murders terrorizing their community. When a new tenant named Victor (Jay Baruchel) arrives in the building, all three quickly hit it off. But as they soon discover, each of them has their own dark secret. As the violence outside mounts, the city retreats indoors for safety. But the more time these three spend together in their apartment building, the clearer it becomes that what they once thought of as a safe haven is as dangerous as any outside terrors they could imagine. Smart dialogue, strong performances and jarring thrills give this film all the elements of a great mystery.
Good Neighbors, or Neighbours in its native Canada, was written and directed by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky, which also starred Baruchel) and opens on July 29.