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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.

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Storyline

Loosely based on the true life events surrounding the torture Sylvia Likens faced during her stay with her aunt and her death, this movie is an adaptation Jack Ketchum's 1989 novel of the same name. Story begins with a road accident witnessed by David Moran which sets his mind into a fierce reflection of his not so good childhood memories of Meg and how they first met in 1958. After the death of their parents in a car accident, Meg and her crippled sister, Susan come to stay with their aunt, Ruth Chandler, a sadistic psychopath with their three sons, Willie, Ralphie, and Donny. Meg and her sister become an easy target and fall prey to their aunt's cruelty and her only hope is David, who happens to be her neighbor, who seems to be already captivated by her beauty. After days of mental and physical abuse from her aunt, Meg finds courage, one day to report the events to Officer Jennings. But to her disappointment, her aunt is not arrested and her life, which she thought could never get ... Written by Benjamin Chacko

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Rated R for sadistic torture and sexual abuse, nudity, language and strong sexual dialogue - all involving children | See all certifications »

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The movie (and the novel it was based on) is based on a true story. The character of Ruth is inspired by Gertrude Baniszewski, who, in 1965, tortured two girls who were in her care (with the help of her sons, daughters, and one of her daughters' boyfriends). Gertrude (and her daughter, Paula) was given a life sentence; in 1985, she (Gertrude) successfully made parole. She died of lung cancer in June of 1990, at the age of 60. See more »

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When David is talking to his father about when it's okay to hit a girl, his father sets three bottles of alcohol out on the bar. There's a close-up as David stands at the bar and, when the camera pans out, the three bottles are gone without David having moved to put them away. See more »

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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.
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Simply Awesome Film-making
14 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom, Colchester.) – See all my reviews

After just sitting through Jack Ketchums THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, I had mixed emotions, but mainly I felt extremely sad at what I had just watched. The film is a true story set in the 50's about a two young sisters who go to live with their aunt after losing both parents in a car accident. The younger sister got badly injured and has to walk with steel frames supporting her legs. But her older sister, Meg, takes care of her and in general is a really nice kid. But when they go to live with their aunt, things turn nasty, really nasty. The aunt is a really horrible person, she has all the local lads round her home all the time drinking beer and doing basically anything they please. But aunt really does call the tune, anything she says - goes! And as soon as she takes a dislike to Meg thats when the torture and downright cruelty begins. Now, I'm not going to go into any great detail, but what happens to Meg in this film is disturbing, but incredibly engrossing to watch.

The acting on all fronts is nothing short of brilliant, the detail on the set is stunning, bearing in mind it is set in the 50's the attention to detail is excellent.

How anybody can give this a low rating beats me - if you don't think you are going to like it, don't watch it - it is'nt nice, but it is an essential piece of film-making, well written, well directed, well acted

  • and devastatingly delivered.




AWESOME...10 out of 10.


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