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Unusually grim 1989 comedy about "normal" suburbanites who suspect that something very sinister is going on in the home of their rarely seen foreign neighbors. It's directed by Creator/JoeDante and stars Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceDern and Creator/CarrieFisher.

!!Contains the following tropes:
* AdultFear: In spades. Lampshaded by a long story narrated by Art about a neighbor from the distant past who murdered his whole family and left them in the basement to rot in the middle of a summer heat wave.
* AshFace: [[spoiler: happens to the main character after the Klopek's furnace explodes in his face, setting the house on fire.]]
* AsideGlance: ''"God, I love this street."''
* AstronomicZoom and LogoJoke: At the very beginning the Universal logo name vanishes but not the globe behind it. Instead the camera zooms down and into it until it hovers right above a Midwestern suburban cul-de-sac and the Klopeks' house.
** You can tell something is a little off with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdCU7rjUSVc that logo]] because it's still the '70s/'80s Universal logo, which isn't CGI in other movies, but this globe obviously is. This is because of another studio (Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic) doing this particular logo.
*** Also, the typefaces for "Universal" and "An MCA Company" [[OffModel are different]].
* BigEater: The second thing we see Art do is invite himself to two helpings of breakfast with the Petersons, grab several more munchies from their fridge, eat Ray's leftovers, and then, after finishing, ask if Ray wants to go to town to pick up a sandwich. He later snatches some vittles from a bowl Carol was holding [[IAteWhat that turns out to be the dog's food]].
* BigNo: when Art and Ray find a femur bone that they believe belongs to their missing neighbor.
* BlackComedy
* CrazySurvivalist: Rumsfield, with a dash of OldSoldier thrown in. Probably a PerilousOldFool too.
* DeconstructiveParody: [[spoiler:Subverted in the end.]]
* EvilIsNotWellLit: The Klopek's house looks dark and forboding even during the day.
* [[spoiler:FauxAffablyEvil: Doctor Klopek.]]
* FloorboardFailure: On the neighbor's porch. Sadly, the brownies don't make it.
* HarmlessElectrocution: When Art cuts the power to the Klopek's house, he gets zapped right off the power pole, but is only a little worse for wear.
* HenpeckedHusband: Poor Ray is accused of being one by Art and Rumsfield, when Carol is really just trying to keep him from acting like an idiot. He briefly goes along with it to throw her off his scent.
* HeroInsurance: Once [[spoiler:the Klopeks are exposed as killers]] everything seems to be hunky-dory with the cops, even though a detective was tallying up all the criminal charges the guys were facing just moments before.
* HerrDoktor: Rumsfield refers to Doctor Klopek in this way, patronizingly insinuating he's conducting activities unfit for a doctor as well as insulting his German qualities.
* IdiotBall: The Klopeks are so terrible at diverting suspicion that it's a wonder it took years for any of their neighbors to ever suspect them. [[spoiler:Dr. Klopek grabs the ball even tighter by trying to kill Ray in an ambulance surrounded by police.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Even though Art turned out to be right all along about the Klopeks, he's never punished for all of stress and grievance he causes for his neighbors. [[spoiler:At least, he is until his house catches fire.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Rumsfield's is the theme from ''Film/{{Patton}}'', for which Music/JerryGoldsmith also did the score.
* LightmareFuel: The entire theme of the film is predicated on this.
* MistakenForMurderer: The theory that Walter was murdered by the Klopeks comes crashing down when Walt comes back home from the hospital. The reason the Klopeks had his toupee and his magazines was because he asked them to retrieve his mail. And the femur they thought was Walter's? Why, that just belonged to [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope someone they DID kill, obviously]].]]
* NeverMyFault: Art was essentially the one who started the whole fiasco about the Klopeks, and came up with wild ideas, negative assumptions, encouraged others to be obsessed as he is, yet he always tries to shift the blame onto someone else.
* NightmareFetishist: Cory Feldman's character, who views the neighborhood as a source of warped entertainment.
* NoMereWindmill: Right about the time you figure that Ray and his fellow snoops are just being paranoid about the Klopek family, [[spoiler:it turns out they really are serial killers.]]
* NosyNeighbor: Ray and his friends.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Ray slowly becomes more obsessed with unmasking the Klopeks than either Art or Rumsfield.
* OnlySaneMan: Ray and his wife qualify... until Ray gets as paranoid as Art and Rumsfield.
* RabbleRouser: Art; it's just him and two other guys and it turns out there is something suspicious, but he feeds the paranoia that essentially is the plot.
* RunningGag: ''"Yo, Rumsfield!"''
* SkeletonKeyCard: Subverted. The card breaks in half immediately.
* StealthInsult:
-->'''Carol''': He can't come out until he resembles the man I married.
-->'''Art''': Carol, we don't have that kind of time!
* UglyGuyHotWife: Mr. and Mrs. Rumsfield. He's a wiry, wild-haired CrazySurvivalist and she's a MsFanservice who looks about twenty years younger then him. This is never really even commented on, let alone played for laughs.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: The first version of the movie had the Klopeks killing Ray and getting away with it. After this, and another ending where the Klopeks are completely innocent, tested poorly, the [[spoiler: compromise ending where the Klopeks are serial killers but fail to kill Ray]] worked much better.
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