Samuel L. Jackson is back in cinemas this Friday with Lakeview Terrace, in which he plays the role of a racist copper living in suburban LA. To celebrate the release of the film, here’s a look at some of Hollywood’s neighbours from hell.
You think your neighbours are bad? Not compared to these
From terrorists, to robots, to a seemingly harmless little old lady, these movie neighbours should certainly make you more grateful of the ones you have…
Stepford Wives (2004) – Your home is beautiful, your neighbourhood meticulously maintained and your neighbours are always happy and impeccably well-dressed spending their days lounging at the spa or men’s club… Sounds perfect until you find out they’re all robots and about to turn you into one too!
Arlington Road (1999) – A widower enjoys getting to know the family that just moved in next door before discovering the seemingly normal, fun, caring neighbours are actually terrorists who can’t allow him to live knowing their secret.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – After moving into an apartment with an unsettling and mysterious past Rosemary ends up being tricked by her husband and Satan-worshipping neighbours, ultimately giving birth to the spawn of Satan.
Disturbia (2007) – A person has a lot of free time to spy on neighbours when they’re put on house arrest. For Kale Brecht this means watching as his suspicious new neighbour turns out to be a vicious serial killer and about to frame Kale for his next murder in this modern-day Rear Window.
Beetlejuice (1988) – A family has to deal with an interesting welcoming committee after moving into a new house. The “neighbours”, a deceased couple whose spirits try to kick out the new owners of their house, try everything they can to scare the poor family away.
Rear Window (1954) – Learning about your neighborus by watching them every day may be a good form of entertainment when you’re stuck in bed with a broken leg until you begin to suspect one just murdered his wife…
Funny Farm (1998) – Thinking they’ll find nice people and wide-open spaces in the out of the city, a New York couple moves to the country only to deal with rude and wacky neighbours, the difficult local police and even a dead body in the garden.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) – Zombies don’t usually make the best neighbours, taking over a town and forcing people to hide in a shopping mall to survive.
The Burbs (1989) – The quiet suburbs aren’t always what they seem in this dark comedy where neighbourhood suspects the new neighbours of killing an old man. After doing some detective work they find out the truth…
Our House (2003) – Watch out for those quiet, sweet old ladies upstairs…she’ll get you doing all her difficult chores around the house, keep her TV turned up loud and ultimately drive you to move out of your dream home with her crazy antics. Our House was released as Duplex in the U.S.
Sweeney Todd (2007) – Who wants to live next door to the Demon Barber of Fleet Street not knowing whether they’re eating human-pie or if they’ll be made into one themselves…
Lakeview Terrace (2008) – Having a cop as your neighbour should be reassuring right? Not if he’s a tightly wound officer who has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighbourhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes might bring comfort to some, but his increasingly harassing intrusions on the newlyweds who just moved in turn tragic when they decide to fight back.
Lakeview Terrace is being released December 5th through Sony Pictures.