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The House Next Door (2002)

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A newlywed couple move into their dream home only to find that their next door neighbor isn't as good natured as they had initially thought.

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Joey Travolta
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Russo ... Carl Schmidt
Theresa Russell ... Helen Schmidt
Sean Young ... Monica
A.J. Cook ... Lori Peterson (as AJ Cook)
Frederic Forrest ... Vernon Crank
Matthew Harrison ... Tom Peterson
John Benjamin Martin John Benjamin Martin ... Deacon
Jennifer Carmichael ... Cindy (as Jennifer Anne Carmichael)
Christian Pepin Christian Pepin ... Rocky
Harold Green Harold Green ... Paul the Locksmith
Patrick Gallagher ... Ed the Mover
Kurt Evans ... Police Officer
Darren Moore ... Scary Man
Conan Graham Conan Graham ... Nick
Doreen Ferreira Doreen Ferreira ... Josie
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Young marrieds Lori and Tom relocate from Chicago to the country where they end up living next to Carl, a right-wing radical who beats his wife, Helen. When Tom goes away for a few days, Lori, with the help of best friend, Monica, investigates the disappearance of Helen. Of course, this isn't the best idea, since it involves sneaking into gun-nut Carl's house in the middle of the night. Written by Schleppy

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Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa de al lado See more »

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Color
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Thou shalt LOVE the B-Movie!
6 September 2004 | by cinematicheroesSee all my reviews

As a writer and a filmmaker myself, I try not to be ultra-critical when you consider all of the elements that go into making a film. When viewing this one, I quickly realized that John Benjamin Martin's script didn't have the same quality of writing of a William Goldman script, and for the most part it certainly lacked the dialogue of a Quentin Tarantino ... or even a Jon Favreau script, for that matter. But, if you're looking for a semi-fun, serviceable B-thriller, this will do fine. In fact, it's the perfect Friday Midnight Movie when you just want to veg-out with a BIG tub of buttered popcorn!

In fact, a little over four years ago, a similar film - WHAT LIES BENEATH - was released starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. Was it a better movie? Sure, but not that much better when you consider all of the variables involved: HOUSE NEXT DOOR was made with a lot less dough than WHAT LIES BENEATH was. And HND certainly lacked both the A-list stars and the BIG-Studio backing of 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks. In fact, I would go so far as to say that director Joey Travolta did the best he could with what was given him.

And one of the things given him in this film is a fine performance by James Russo, who is at his utmost-creepiest, playing Carl Schmidt, the next door neighbor of Lori Peterson (played by A.J. Cook). Russo's performance - along with Travolta's direction - actually makes this film not only watchable, but enjoyable as a "guilty pleasure." As does the performance of Sean Young, who also does the most she can with the supporting role of Monica, Peterson's long-time friend. It's priceless to hear her utter lines such as, "It's crazy - I mean like get in the car and move to Arizona crazy!" Frederic Forrest, who garnered a Best Supporting Actor nomination in 1980 for his performance in THE ROSE, also lends credibility to the cast.

And again, I felt Travolta's direction, which seems to get better with each new film, helps to offset the movie's notoriously low budget.

As was the case with WHAT LIES BENEATH several years back, THIS film is filled with the obvious cheap thrills you'd expect from a movie of this nature, but again, that's part of the reason that makes THIS the perfect Friday Midnight Movie!


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