Picks and Pans Review: The People Next Door
Everything seems to be falling into place for wife-beating victim Nicollette Sheridan after she and her three daughters move next door to a childless couple who seem to really love kids. But, no, Michael O'Keefe turns out to be a pathological killer and credit-card scamster who has murdered his first child and now abducts two of her kids. O'Keefe and Tracey Ellis are deliciously repellent as the creepy neighbors in a film that features shoddy police work, scenes in a bar and a loving mother who moves heaven and earth to find her abducted daughters after they are carried off to a cabin in the woods by this charming psychopath and his barmy wife. Faye Dunaway also appears in a mystifyingly inconsequential role as Sheridan's mother. Since this is the third prime-time TV movie of the week that deals with kidnapped youths, it might be wise for producers to try something a bit more original next week. Like, oh, murderous Lolitas.
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