SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD—which had its world premiere at this year’s FANTASTIC FEST—is a twisted holiday horror tale with a pitch black sense of humor. Even as someone who feels spoilers are inconsequential (if spoilers ruined a movie, nobody would own EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)It’s almost impossible to talk about what makes the film memorable with out discussing the twist. That said, the notion of knowing that there is a twist may even be a disservice to the film.

All that said, the film features terrific performances from the cast and black humor that is could have come off as mean spirited but never does thanks to director Chris Peckover’s light touch.

Assistant Editor Mike Vanderbilt chatted with Peckover about the film, holiday music, and the film’s original script.


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Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt is a freelance writer and contributor based on the south side of Chicago. Mike has appeared on The A.V. Club, The Chicago Reader, Fangoria, and Consequence Of Sound tackling a variety of subjects ranging from Cheap Trick, George Lucas' Red Tails, and for better or worse knows a thing or two about online dating. A bartender by trade, he holds a degree in accountancy but he was never very good at it.When not mixing cocktails, Mike hosts and produces the Drinks On Monday With The Strike Team podcast, as well as Revenge Of The Pod People. He can also be seen performing with his power pop band The Romeros and punk act Modern Day Rippers.
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