La porta sul buio (1973– )
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Il vicino di casa 

Luca and Stefania are a young couple with a baby who move into a remote seaside apartment late at night. Unbeknownst to the couple, the neighbor who lives upstairs has just murdered his wife.

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Aldo Reggiani ...
Luca
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Mimmo Palmara ...
The Neighbor
Alberto Atenari
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Luca and Stefania are a young couple with a baby who move into a remote seaside apartment late at night. Unbeknownst to the couple, the neighbor who lives upstairs has just murdered his wife.

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September 1973 (Italy)  »

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The original film elements to this (along with the other three episodes of the series) no longer exist according to the MYA Communications DVD release. Because of this they were forced to transfer from the original RAI TV video masters. See more »

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Neighbors… Everybody needs good neighbors!!
21 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have very high expectations for all four episodes in Dario Argento's TV-suspense series called "Door into Darkness", and the first installment certainly delivered already! "The Neighbor", directed by Argento's good friend Luigi Cozzi ("Contamination"), is a good old-fashioned and suspenseful chiller that'll keep any fan of story-driven horror on the edge of his/her seats for a full hour. Clearly inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" – as Cozzi also confirms during a brief prologue – "The Neighbor" has a rudimentary script and introduces very few characters. A young couple and their newborn son move into a seaside apartment and spend their first night in a dark living room since without electricity. They notice a rapidly growing water stain on the ceiling and as they try to confront the upper neighbor with this, they eerily discover a dead woman's body in the bathtub. Completely isolated and petrified, Luca and Stefania entrench themselves in their dark apartment, but naturally the murderous neighbor wants to dispose himself of the two unwelcome witnesses. Dario Argento is world-famous and generally worshiped for his excessive use of gory make-up effects and explicit shocks, but the thrills in "The Neighbor" are merely suggestive and bloodless. Partly, of course, because this series was made for television distribution, but the tone of this short film also doesn't fit gross situations. Cozzi successfully puts the emphasis on slow-brooding tension and identifiable characters. Even the villain isn't the typical kind of mad-raving, axe-wielding maniac, but clearly an emotionally tormented and desperate man who got pushed over a certain mental edge. The atmosphere hence becomes much more intense and plausible, and you honestly hope for the innocent young couple and their baby to make it out of there alive. The screenplay isn't entirely without flaw, however, and contains several improbabilities. For example, why would anyone move into a new apartment in the middle of the night and it certainly isn't likely to watch movies on a small and portable TV (working on batteries!) during your first evening in a totally new living environment. Still, if you simply ignore these minor flaws, you'll experience an effectively unsettling and compelling thriller. The acting performances are top-notch as well. Especially Laura Belli ("Almost Human", "The Nun of Monza") leaves a great impression as the lovely young wife. "The Neighbor" is highly recommended to avid Italian cult collectors and even to less fanatic admirers of good suspense-cinema. Personally I can't wait to watch the second episode in this series, which is called "The Tram" and was director by master Argento himself.


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