‘Safe Neighborhood’ Delivers Humor Under Your Tree This Holiday Season

Safe Neighborhood got a lot of buzz coming out of Fantastic Fest in Austin this year and we have a few new images to share with our readers. The home invasion thriller balances tense moments with humor in what is sure to be a hit with horror fans.

The thriller centers around Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert (Patrick Warburton). The couple embarks on a much needed night out one snowy evening before Christmas. They leave their 12-year-old son Luke (Levi Miller) with their babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge).  After all, their neighborhood is a safe one and after they leave, the greatest threat in their home appears to be to Luke’s dignity as he attempts to win over Ashley’s love. Ashley is every bit as sharp and quick-witted as she is beautiful and expertly avoids making a potentially embarrassing situation worse. She’s finally put to the test when she and Luke find themselves in the middle of an unusual home invasion.
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Director Chris Peckover, whose twisted found footage debut shocked Fantastic Fest audiences in 2010, returns with a film seemingly tailor-made for our crowd, and one that immediately earns a spot amongst the best yuletide thrillers. Working from a playful yet increasingly dark script from MAD TV writer Zack Kahn, Peckover nails a particularly difficult tone and the result is a lean, clever and fast-moving crowd-pleaser.

Much of the credit has to go to Peckover’s young cast. Once the parents are out to dinner, a good portion of the film is carried by Miller and DeJonge as well as Ed Oxenbould as Luke’s best friend Garrett. These teens are more than up to the task.

It’s hard to say what is going on at other houses on the street as SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD accomplishes all that it does within the confines of a single home. However, one can easily conclude by the end that no neighborhood is really safe from this kind of suburban evil.

Source: Fantastic Fest