Trash Or Terror Tuesday: Suburban Nightmare (2004)

Poster for Suburban Nightmare (2004)Suburban Nightmare (2004) by #JonKeeyes
story by #DebbieRochon

w/ #BrandyLittle #TrentHaaga

A married couple take great pleasure in torturing and murdering neighbors in their basement.

“Charles and Deborah would love to HAVE YOU for dinner!”


It’s time for #TrashOrTerrorTuesday

when I examine a film that’s been languishing in my personal library to determine if it is #Trash or #Terror

– or more importantly, if it deserves to stay in my collection.

And so, out from the dusty shelves of #VHS tapes & DVDs comes…

Suburban Nightmare (2004) is an ultra-low budget SOV indie movie. It features good performances (especially from the two leads) and an interesting script which feels like it could have been a play. Unfortunately, it never reaches the heights of excitement that would make for a really good horror film – or a very funny dark comedy. It reminded me a bit of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (circling back to the play comparison again)  – but nowhere near as compelling or effective. 

So what’s the verdict?

Suburban Nightmare (2004) is Trash. Not quite trashy enough to be good Trash. But somewhat interesting for those who are interested in ultra-low-budget filmmaking. There were a few points where the film seemed to be teasing us with the promise of trashy good times, but they never quite happened. And as for Terror… I don’t think so…

Having accepted two dinner invitations from these suburban psychopaths, I think I will be answering the next one with a polite “no”.