Moving to a new home is often a celebration. But when an unknown individual starts sending creepy letters, claiming to have been guarding the house for the past two decades, it messes things up a bit. That’s exactly what happens in the new limited series by Netflix, Welcome to the Neighborhood. Based on a true story, the series is signed by none other than Ryan Murphy and his collaborator, Ian Brennan. The minds behind the recent success Dahmer.
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Like this Dahmerthe new series Welcome to the Neighborhood It has a horrifying true story.
The Brannocks move into a new house and everything seems to be going well until a mysterious letter appears in the mailbox. What then begins is a series of terror as the family feels unsafe in their new home.
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The letters keep coming, with the writer stating that they are going to watch over the family, that they are his obsession and that they need to “give the house what it wants”.
This seems to send parents into a spiral. Everywhere Dean (Bobby Cannavale), the father, looks, he seems to find another neighbor watching them. One of the neighbors even comments to him that they thought they could be friends, so it’s not clear what dynamics are at play between the Brannocks and their neighbors.
The series synopsis says that the cards are “only the beginning as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets spread”which could mean that there is much more to every neighbor and neighborhood than meets the eye.
Naomi Watts is Nora Brannock and Bobby Cannavale is Dean Brannock. Watts is known for her work on The Ring, Twin Peaks and Goodnight Mommy. Cannavale can be seen in Will & Grace, Boardwalk Empire, as well as the latest nine unknowns.
Additional cast members include Mia Farrow (Death on the Nile, The Omen) as Pearl, Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Theodora, Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Mitch, Terry Kinney (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) as Jasper, Margo Martindale (Impeachment: American Crime Story) as Mo, Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus) as Realtor Karen Calhoun and Joe Mantello (Hollywood), Luke David Blumm ( The King of Staten Island), Christopher McDonald (Hacks), Michael Nouri (Yellowstone), Isabel Gravitt (Little Fires Everywhere) and Henry Hunter Hall (Harriet).
More details about the story
The same way as DahmerThe history of Welcome to the Neighborhood took the internet all over the place. It all started in 2014, when the Broaddus family bought a house in matriarch Maria’s hometown. As they began to renovate, they began to receive worrying letters in the mail. The writer called himself the Watcher, saying that watching the house was a family tradition.
Over the course of three letters, the writer asked why they moved into the house, made comments about his children, and seemed upset that they were making changes to the property.
Based on the text of the letter provided by the The Independent, the individual made it clear that he had no intention of leaving the family alone. The Broadduses ended up selling the house at a significant loss five years later, based on reports from the The New York Times.
I go many times a day. 657 Boulevard is my work, my life, my obsession. And now you’re also a member of the Broaddus family. Welcome to the product of your greed! Greed is what brought the last three families to 657 Boulevard and now it has brought you to me.”
Original excerpt from the letter.
However, there is speculation about the letters, the Broaddus family and whether the whole situation was a hoax. The family who lived in the house before them, the Woods, had lived there for nearly three decades, without any letters or signs of an “observer” stalking their home. One of his neighbors was investigated by the police as the writer, but was eventually acquitted. As the family continued to look for suspects, many began to think they had sent the letters themselves, as described in the The Cut.
People speculated that the couple had buyer’s remorse or quickly realized they couldn’t afford the $1.3 million home. To try to get out of this purchase, they sent scary letters. The first letter was posted on June 4th, which was actually before the sale information was released. The previous owners never had a sign advertising the sale in their backyard, so it’s strange that the writer knew a new family with kids was coming before they even moved in.
These theories were apparently reinforced in the public mind due to the family’s previous home-buying history and their tight lips regarding the situation as a whole. It didn’t help that the family’s patriarch, Derek, admitted to writing similar letters to his neighbors after several failed attempts to sell the house. In addition to a rejected proposal to divide the lot into two new homes. Thus, the writer of the original letters was never positively identified.