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A robbery victim moves to a gated community for solace and peace of mind -- only to find her darkest fears realized -- in this made-for-Lifetime thriller. Baywatch's Alexandra Paul stars as Laura Benson, a woman recovering from a harrowing, still-unsolved assault attempt. Prone to traumatic flashbacks that frighten her husband and teenage daughter, she moves to an upper-class, 24-hour-security neighborhood. But behind the gates of their tony suburb, something ominous lurks: a chipper but demanding next-door neighbor (Shannon Lawson). Laura suspects nothing at first, but when her daughter starts being harassed at school and strange goings-on begin happening around her guarded house, she's not sure whether the loose criminals are still tormenting her or if it is someone even closer to home. Written by
After wasting 89 minutes of my life to watch this film, I was haunted by one of the bad songs littered repeatedly in the soundtrack in an attempt to set film's tone. Director Nick Gregory splices & dices 2 terrible songs throughout this film, as if the rights for other music could not be obtained; or perhaps he didn't think his script could stand on its own w/o drowning scenes in music constantly. This was one of many overly stylized gimmicks Gregory uses, including annoying jump cuts within single conversations. He also exploits juxtaposing scenes back and forth, which loses its effect when used too often. He splices sounds effects too, like the sound of a cigarette burning. In one of the back and forth scenes, a conversation with 2 people on a tennis court is shot with the sound of a tennis ball being hit back and forth. The hand-held camera techniques are laughably bad. He attempts to create tension during a stressful phone call by moving the camera erratically around the actor's face, creating headaches. The aforementioned tennis court scene also had the camera whipping back and forth from actor to actor as they spoke... yeah, they're on a tennis court, we get it. These are film techniques I'd expect in a student film. Kudos to all the actors for doing a great job despite the poor taste of the director/script. Low budget films can be great with vision, imagination, and style. Gregory has none of these.
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