Originally billed as ‘Home Alone meets Scream’, Chris Peckover’s yuletide home invasion twist Safe Neighborhood has been teased for over a year now with various stills and snippets of news. The festive fright flick is finally on its way however, having been acquired by Well Go USA, who will handle all North American rights. They’ve even set a release date, with the film due to hit the big screen on October 6th, alongside a Digital HD release. Ahead of then however, the film has undergone a change of title, and will appear in cinemas as Better Watch Out.
The film stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, Scare Campaign) as the babysitter of 12-year-old Luke, played by Levi Miller (Pan). Luke’s parents are played by the ever-awesome Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways) and Patrick Warburton (Bad Milo, Seinfeld).
Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley, the regular babysitter for Deandra and Robert Lerner, has to defend their twelve-year-old son from strangers breaking into the house – only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
Peckover directs from a script by himself and Zack Kahn, based on Kahn’s story.
Producer Brion Hambel said last year: “With this stellar group of actors and Chris and Zack’s thrilling script, this promises to be a crazy night for our cast of characters and a crazier ride for the audience.”
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)