Everybody Needs Good Neighbors

Ashley Bell in A Neighbor's Deception (2017) (aka: Next Door)

Chloe (Ashley Bell) and her husband Michael (Adam Mayfield) have moved out of the city and to a nice place in the suburbs, something they can afford as Michael works long hours as an attorney. Unfortunately it leaves Chloe home alone and with little to do other than jog and take photos. But she comes to the attention of her neighbour, retired therapist Gerald Dixon (Tom Amandes) who observing that Chloe is a little jumpy offers her some gratis therapy sessions especially as she previously had a break down. It is then that Chloe starts to become suspicious of Gerald and begins digging in to his past especially when she meets James Rooker (Ben Whalen) who claims that Gerald seduced his wife, who was a patient of his, and then she mysteriously disappeared.

I have a quick question; what woman would go out jogging when it is dark, use the middle of the road as a track, have headphones in and not wear any reflective clothing? It is one of the scenes in "A Neighbor's Deception", which is also known as "Next Door", which is likely going to make you think that this movie is a bit of a nonsense. There are more of these type of scenes which when you think about just don't ring true and whilst you get unbelievable scenes in these Lifetime movies for some reason they stick out more in "A Neighbor's Deception" than they usually do.

Tom Amandes in A Neighbor's Deception (2017) (aka: Next Door)

I think the real trouble with "A Neighbor's Deception", or at least for me, is that beyond the characters and story specifics there is a lot cliche and formula at work. As such we have a couple who can't have children, a workaholic husband, a wife who had a breakdown and is easily spooked. But we also have her being watched by someone, and then we have turning amateur detective when she starts becoming suspicious of her neighbour as well as his wife who whilst friendly is quite protective of her husband. Basically you know that by the time the movie ends Chloe is going to be fighting for her life and the only question is will it be person A, B, C or maybe even person D. I will be honest, I guessed who the danger would come from shortly after the first clue appears and think most people would spot it or at least put a few clues together to start thinking it before it happens.

What this all boils down to is that "A Neighbor's Deception" is just a routine Lifetime which whilst benefiting from the acting talents of Ashley Bell and Tom Amandes really has one trick up its sleeve when it comes to a semi-twist at the end.

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