John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Season 1 Episode 3 Recap

By Ricky Valero
Published: October 13, 2023
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John Carpenter's Suburban Screams Season 1 Episode 3 Recap


While the premise for “House Next Door” is strong, the execution is lackluster, leaving you wanting more.

In Episode 3 of the Peacock original series John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams, we follow a teenage boy who falls in love with a girl in town but believes her house might be haunted. The episode is titled “House Next Door” and we see the story through the eyes of Torrence Temple. Temple was the person who witnessed the disappearances of many people in that house. 

Was the house haunted? We explore the idea in our recap below, which contains major spoilers.

John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Season 1 Episode 3 Recap

The episode begins with a man talking about how in every neighborhood there is one house you ride your bike past faster than others, and this is that house. Torrence Temple speaks about the house and how someone moved in. This is when he first set his eyes on Lisa Kennedy.

When Torrence talked to his family about the family moving in next door, he asked his parents if the new owners knew that the last people who moved in went missing.

Who disappeared from the House Next Door?

Torrence tells us about Jennifer, a young girl next door with whom he would become really close. As they talked from house to house, the lights flickered, and everyone in the house had disappeared, including Jennifer. To this day nobody has solved the case of the family going missing.

Torrence became smitten by Lisa, and the two of them started to become closer and closer. Of course, after seeing Jennifer disappear in front of his eyes, he consistently worried about Lisa, but she played it off. One night Torrence sees Lisa’s dad freaking out outside and decides to try to get to the bottom of what is happening.

Torrence headed to Lisa’s room to find her, but she told him to leave the house because her dad would freak out. After trying to find a hiding spot within the home, Dr. Kennedy is able to find Torrence and gives him some sort of drug to knock him out.

As Dr. Kennedy is threatening Torrence with a dentist’s drill in his hands, Lisa comes into the room and hits her father, rescuing him. They storm out of the room to run away from him. With Lisa hiding next to her mother and sister, Dr. Kennedy tries to storm into the bedroom to attack them.

What happens to the Kennedy family?

Torrence headed over to his parents’ house to call 911 and tell his mom and dad about what was happening. Right before he can do any harm to anyone, the lights flicker (as they did with Jennifer), and Dr. Kennedy disappears. Torrence tells us that just like Jennifer, the Kennedy family disappeared forever, and his family told him they moved away.

John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Episode 3 Ending Explained

Torrence said his parents moved out shortly after that, and he went to college. He said he didn’t know who moved into that house after him, but that house became quite a tortured memory for him.

As the episode ends, we pan to the house, which still has a for sale sign on it.

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