Fantasia 2017 Interview: Co-Writer/Director Chris Peckover Discusses John Hughes’ Influence on Better Watch Out

Over the last several months, Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out (previously known as Safe Neighborhood) has been enjoying a successful festival run, and recently played as part of Fantasia International Film Festival’s extraordinary 2017 programming slate. Daily Dead spoke to Peckover while he was on the ground at Fantasia, and he discussed some of the influences on Better Watch Out, the fun of getting to create a horror movie set during the Christmas season, crafting a home invasion film that stands apart, working with his talented trio of stars—Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, and Ed Oxenbould—and more.

Better Watch Out will arrive in theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th, courtesy of Well Go USA.

Congratulations, Chris, on creating a really fun and different home invasion movie, because that's not an easy feat at all. I know there are things that we can't talk about, because I don't
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Safe Neighbourhood adds Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton

First look: Olivia DeJonge as Ashley with Levi Miller as Luke in Safe Neighborhood. Photo by Sean O'Reilly


Virginia Madsen (Joy, Sideways) and Patrick Warburton (Ted, Family Guy, Seinfeld) have joined the cast of Safe Neighbourhood, currently shooting at Sydney's Fox Studios and starring Olivia DeJonge (M. Night Shyamalan.s The Visit), Levi Miller (Pan, Jasper Jones, Red Dog: True Blue) and Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes).

Also joining the cast are Dacre Montgomery (Lionsgate.s upcoming Power Rangers) and Aleks Mikic (Joe Cinque.s Consolation, Secret City).

The Storm Vision Entertainment and Best Medicine production is described as "Home Alone meets Scream".

"Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house -
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Trio of young Aussie stars begin shooting Safe Neighborhood at Fox

Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould. Photo Credit: Sean O'Reilly.

A corner of Fox Studios has been turned into a quiet, snow-covered American street over a white Christmas.

Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes) and Levi Miller (Jasper Jones) have begun shooting Safe Neighborhood, a.thriller directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), who wrote the script with Zack Kahn (Mad)..

The Storm Vision Entertainment and Best Medicine production is about three kids who endure a home invasion in a so-called 'safe neighborhood' in the American 'burbs.

The film is being produced by Storm Vision.s Brett Thornquest and Sidonie Abbene (Infini, Terminus and SFv1) and Best Medicine Productions. Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen (Scenic Route, Natural Selection), and executive produced by Steven Matusko, Shane Abbess and Lorenzo De Maio..

.Safe Neighborhood is Home Alone meets Scream",.Thornquest said. "Chris and Zack have written a killer script and this
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