Magnolia has released the first trailer and poster for Good Neighbors, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival late last year. Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, and Scott Speedman star as three tenants in the same building. The exact nature of the story is hard to pin down based on the trailer, except that the plot is driven by the secrets and fear of our main characters. This is the second time writer/director Jacob Tierney has worked with Baruchel following The Trotsky, and he appears to have a knack for harnessing Baruchel’s innate weirdness for the purposes of evil.
I feel like I am doing a terrible job at selling this. In my defense, the official TIFF description warns, “Good Neighbors may sound like a thriller, but its relationship to the genre is quite complicated.” So I’ll be more direct: the trailer is worth your time. Watch it after the jump.
Click to Apple for HD. The Canadian film obviously opts for the spelling Good Neighbours, but Magnolia will drop the “u” for American release.
Neighbors Spencer (Scott Speedman) and Louise (Emily 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.