The Girl Next Door

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Plot

Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.9/10 (8,246 voted)

Critic's Score: 29/100

Director:
Gregory Wilson

Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker

Storyline
Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Writers: Daniel Farrands, Philip Nutman

Cast:

William Atherton

Adult David Moran


Blythe Auffarth

Meg Loughlin


Blanche Baker

Ruth Chandler


Kevin Chamberlin

Officer Jennings


Dean Faulkenberry

Kenny


Gabrielle Howarth

Cheryl Robinson


Benjamin Ross Kaplan

Donny Chandler

(as Ben Kaplan)


Spenser Leigh

Denise Crocker


Daniel Manche

David Moran


Mark Margolis

Homeless Man Hit By Car


Graham Patrick Martin

Willie Chandler Jr.


Michael Nardella

Tony


Greg Northrop

Police Officer #2

(as Gregory Northtrop)


Grant Show

Mr. Moran


Santo Silvestro

Ice Cream Vendor

Taglines:
Inspired By Actual Events



Details

Official Website:
Official site |
Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 17 October 2008

Filming Locations: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

In the backyard tent scene where the boys are looking at the Playboy magazine, they refer to 1950's actress and pinup girl Carroll Baker, the real-life mother of actress Blanche Baker, who portrays Ruth Chandler in this movie.

Goofs:

Factual errors:
In the scene at the park where Meg is seen talking to Officer Jennings, on his police car it clearly is labeled "Highway Patrol". It is not a Highway Patrol officer's job to preside over such events, nor is it to investigate possible child abuse situations.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Charlie Franklin:
[on David's voice mail]
Hey David, it's Charlie Franklin calling to say Happy Birthday. Sorry I couldn't get those tickets, man. I know you were counting on me, but my brother-in-law's in town. I'll give you a call next week, and maybe we can get together. Okay, have a good birthday. Take care.



User Review

Totally engrossing but painful to watch

Rating: 9/10


This is an excellent film and therefore in some ways it is a pleasure
to watch, but anyone who has seen it will know that it's effectiveness
in fact makes it almost unbearable to watch.

The story revolves around two girls who have recently been orphaned and
are sent to live with their aunt who has three young sons. She is a
middle aged woman obsessed with feminine purity who sees the new
arrivals as a potentially corrupting influence on the masculine world
she presides over.

She actively encourages her sons to perpetrate more and more severe
acts of bullying and sadism against the older girl who is eventually
tied up in the basement and used as a play thing by all the
neighbourhood children.

Only the boy who lives next door, who has become friends with the girl,
has a growing sense of unease about the "games" which are taking a very
sinister turn, yet he is powerless to change the course of events.

This film is very well written, directed and performed and is therefore
a relentlessly depressing affair which is horribly painful to watch.
The aunt is a very cold and manipulative figure whose brutality knows
no bounds and her sons quickly warm to her ideals. Realising that they
have a free reign under her they too become very savage. The
culmination of the acts they perpetrate are some of the most shocking I
have ever seen in cinema, all the more shocking because they are
perpetrated by children, against another child, encouraged by their
mother.

Truly gripping. Truly horrifying. Hard to watch and hard to look away.