Lifetime‘s ‘Stranger Next Door,’ (originally titled ‘The Neighbor’) is a thriller movie helmed by Victoria Rowell. The story revolves around Rochelle Sellers, a former police detective who lives with her elderly father and cares for him. When a charming neighbor named Jesse moves in, she becomes infatuated with him and his persona. However, as the truth unravels, Rochelle discovers that she has misunderstood the man next door, and his true character is far from the façade he portrays.
If you were enthralled by the movie’s nail-biting and chilling moments, a contributing element to them is the choice of shooting locations which elevates the movie’s appeal. So, for the ones with a curious bent of mind who are eager to learn about all the sites which shaped this cinematic piece, here’s all you need to know!
Stranger Next Door Filming Locations
‘Stranger Next Door’ was filmed in Tennessee, particularly in Knoxville. As per reports, the principal photography for the thriller took place between July and October 2021. The landlocked state of Tennessee is situated in the country’s southeastern region. The lively state is known for its high-quality whisky, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the music scene, giving rise to several legendary artists like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. So, without further ado, let’s traverse the specific places that served as production locations in the Lifetime movie.
All the pivotal scenes for ‘Stranger Next Door’ were shot in Knoxville, a city in and the county seat of Knox County. The cast and crew recorded numerous scenes in the historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood. They seemingly utilized two private residences to shoot the portions involving Rochelle’s and Jesse’s houses. In addition, the production team apparently taped some scenes in downtown Knoxville around the Tennessee Theatre, a majestic movie palace. The theatre is located at 604 South Gay Street and is considered one of the first skyscrapers in the city.
Knoxville is the third largest city in the state, located in the eastern parts by the Tennessee River. The Marble City is the home to the prestigious University of Tennessee, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Mabry-Hazen House Museum, and Ijams Nature Center. Knoxville is one of the fastest-growing locations preferred by filmmakers to be the backdrop of their movies and TV shows. Some other movies lensed in the city include ‘Purity Falls,’ ‘Hush Little Baby,’ ’73 Minutes’ and ‘Perimortem.’
Stranger Next Door Cast
Vicky Jeudy plays Rochelle in the Lifetime movie. The actress is known for her work in ‘Orange Is The New Black‘ and ‘Rollers.’ Meanwhile, Skyh Black essays Jesse, Rochelle’s mysterious neighbor. You might know Skyh from his notable performances in TV shows like ‘All the Queen’s Men,’ ‘Sistas,’ and ‘Hello Cupid 3.0.’ On the other hand, Tim Reid portrays Ernest Sellers in the thriller movie.
Some of Reid’s memorable roles include Ray Campbell in ‘Sister, Sister‘ and Clyde Sawyer in ‘Swagger.’ Other cast members include Tyra Tucker Haag (Keele), Dwayne Boyd (Cpt Michael Archer), Angela Davis (Terry Ensley), Kendra Luster (Emma), Tim Bensch (Bobby Carr), and Jan Falk (Mrs. Evans). Furthermore, Taylor Latham (Tyler Price), Justin S Kirkland (Jerry), and Thomas Wilson Pace (Officer Thomas) appear in pivotal roles in the movie.