Kale Brecht (Shia Lebeouf) has suffered from anger issues since the untimely death of his father, which results in house arrest when he punches his Spanish teacher in class one day. He is fitted with a tag, and forced to endure a few weeks of boredom without his itunes subscription or xbox live -- forcing him to pick up the binoculars Rear-Window style and spy on his neighbors.
Luckily, a new family have just moved in to The Burbs and The Girl Next Door is an attractive young lady called Ashley (Sarah Roemer) to keep him interested, but across the yard the creepy Mr.Turner seems to be hiding a deadly secret or two...
Our Rating: 9/10
Contributed By: JT
Tagline: Every killer lives next door to someone.
- Country: USA
- Language: English | Spanish
- Runtime: 145
- Budget: $20,000,000
- Revenue: $80,209,692
- Production: DreamWorks SKG
Kale's mom goes over to Mr Turner's house to apologise and try to keep her son out of jail. Meanwhile Kale gets a text from Ronnie's mobile telling him to turn on the tv -- when he hesitantly hits the power button the pixels fade up to reveal a camcorder fuzzy image of a dead-looking Ronnie in his cupboard. He opens it slowly to find the body -- but Ronnie was just faking.
Ronnie replays his 'great escape' footage from before but Kale notices something in the playback ... as he replays one scene, he zooms in a few hundred times until he sees a clearer image of a dead woman with a bag over her head.
Just at that moment, Turner knocks out Kale's mom.
Kale starts to freak out and calls for Ronnie. Ronnie is downstairs, and as he turns is knocked out cold by Turner's baseball bat.
Kale is trying to record the scene when he notices his neighbour's reflection in the screen - and ducks as the baseball bat smashes across his desk. He desperately tries to make it out the house and trigger the tag alarm, but Turner drags him back within the boundary, knocks him out (we're starting to see a theme here), and then ties him up.
He gives a little monologue James Bond bad-guy style as Kale is forced to listen. Ashley enters the house. She runs upstairs to follow the commotion, and attacks Turner. Kale shunts the serial killer down the stairs and they hide out in his bedroom. Turner soon brings the bat to the door 'The Shining' style, so they have no choice but to escape off the roof and dive into the pool next door, triggering the alarm. Kale tells Ashley to get help and phone the police as he goes to Turner's house to find his mom.
Inside Turner's house, Kale finds an underground room with mummified bodies but no door. He explores a little more and finds a hidden room with a surgical steel bed, an ice bath and make-up for the club girl deception from before. He follows the pipe to open a secret door that leads to the underground dungeon.
Meanwhile the cop with a grudge is walking around the house, and just as he is about to call it in is clocked by Turner, hiding in the shadows.
Kale falls into a mini lake under the house and swims around with a few bodies, before he gets out into a maze of tunnels and follows the mumbling sound to find his mom tied up. As he tries to rescue her Turner shows up. They fight some more, Turner is about to finish the job when he is stabbed by the mom, then sheared by Kale before he falls into the dirty little lake.
Later, Kale's tag is removed for good behaviour and he can finally cross the boundary to Ashley's house.
They call up the annoying kid's mom pretending to be from the cable company and rat on the kids watching the skin flicks. As they kiss, Ronnie films away, telling them its about to go out to the world on youtube.