The Good Neighbor is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Kasra Farahani and written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard. The film stars James Caan, Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist. The film released on September 16, 2016, by Vertical Entertainment.
Ethan (Miller) and Sean (Gilchrist) are tech-savvy high-school teens who decide to prank their neighbor, Harold Grainey (Caan), by convincing him that his house is haunted. When Grainey leaves home one afternoon, the two set up equipment to simulate the haunting, as well as hidden cameras with which to broadcast Grainey’s reactions. They soon realize that Grainey was the wrong person to target.
As the basis for a school project, Ethan requests Sean’s assistance in setting up hidden cameras at Grainy’s home so both can view a person’s unfiltered reaction to being haunted by a poltergeist, despite Sean’s initial reservations. The system is set up so that both can monitor Grainey’s reactions for 6 weeks live from computers set up in Ethan’s bedroom. Grainey has a reputation for being hostile, a recluse, and a “creepy old man” in the neighbourhood, which makes it easier for Ethan to justify choosing him as his subject.
Ethan starts to initiate activities increasingly aimed at unsettling Grainey to make him believe the house is haunted, including making the kitchen door bang loudly in the middle of the night, disabling the heating system which causes the bedroom window to shatter due to the freezing temperature, and activating the music player in the middle of the night.
But both Sean and Ethan are mystified by Grainey’s ability to withstand all these strange occurrences. In one instance, they observe Grainey being disturbed by all the strange noises who, in turn, goes down to the house’s basement. The duo are not able to observe what he does, as they were not able to set up a camera in the basement of the house. Grainey goes down at about 11:30 p.m. and only emerges after 7:30 a.m. This leaves Ethan perplexed, and he vows to determine the reason. In the meantime, Ethan throws a Halloween party, and Sean and his new girlfriend decide to make out in a spare bedroom. His girlfriend notices a camera installed on top of the bed, which leaves Sean enraged. In an argument with Ethan, Sean discloses to Ethan that he knows the true reason why Ethan has targeted Grainey: Grainey was responsible for sending Ethan’s father to jail many years ago. Ethan’s father was an alcoholic who beat his wife regularly. During one such episode, Ethan’s mother ran up to Grainey seeking his help. Grainey then informed the police which led to Ethan’s father being jailed and ultimately getting divorced from his wife. Ethan believes Grainey is responsible for destroying his family and making him lose his father.
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