MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 637 this week

The Girl Next Door (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  17 October 2008 (Italy)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 16,741 users   Metascore: 29/100
Reviews: 175 user | 77 critic | 5 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

(as Gregory M. Wilson)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 02 Aug 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 16 Sep 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Girl Next Door (2007)

The Girl Next Door (2007) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Girl Next Door.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Feature film examining the existence of films in which people are murdered on camera and the culture surrounding them. Through interviews with former FBI Profilers, Cultural Academics, and ... See full summary »

Director: Paul von Stoetzel
Stars: Larry C. Brubaker, Todd Cobery, Linda Flanders
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A prank goes too far for the popular students at Hamilton High as they begin to pay for their actions 10 years later at their high school reunion.

Director: Steve Goltz
Stars: Kaleb Shorey, Stephanie Leigh Rose, Nick Sommer
Action | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

In this action comedy, Jack Goldwater, an IRS agent on loan to the Federal Air Marshal Service, is relieved of field duty after insulting a powerful U.S. Senator, and finds himself exiled ... See full summary »

Director: J. Neil Schulman
Stars: Nichelle Nichols, Ethan Keogh, Susan Smythe
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A quiet but disturbed young man puts the life of a woman he's obsessed with under a virtual microscope when he installs hidden cameras throughout her house.

Director: Eric Nicholas
Stars: Ana Claudia Talancón, Colin Hanks, Jordana Spiro
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young filmmaker decides to make a movie of his life.

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: L.M. Kit Carson, Eileen Dietz, Louise Levine
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Director: Tommy O'Haver
Stars: Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pair of teenage girls are headed to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, the girls are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of Finnish and British people get stuck to a cabin when a creature which is a half human, half rabbit, attacks on them. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, and it is after anything that is resembling female genitals.

Director: Joonas Makkonen
Stars: Enni Ojutkangas, Veera W. Vilo, Joonas Makkonen
Documentary | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history--in this gripping documentary. Mafia... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg
Stars: Park Dietz, Richard Kuklinski
Chained I (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor.

Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird
High Tension (2003)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa's parents' country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi
Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Adult David Moran
...
...
...
Officer Jennings
Dean Faulkenberry ...
Gabrielle Howarth ...
Cheryl Robinson
Benjamin Ross Kaplan ...
Donny Chandler (as Ben Kaplan)
Spenser Leigh ...
Denise Crocker
Daniel Manche ...
...
Homeless Man Hit By Car
...
...
Tony
Greg Northrop ...
Police Officer #2 (as Gregory Northtrop)
...
Mr. Moran
Santo Silvestro ...
Ice Cream Vendor
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inspired By Actual Events See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

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. See more »

Goofs

When David is sitting next to Meg on the bed while the police officer is questioning him, he has blood dripping down the left corner of his mouth from being beaten. When they show a close-up, the blood is gone and the dirt but when the camera switches back to the side view, it's back again. See more »

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.
See more »

Connections

References Halloween (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Totally engrossing but painful to watch
29 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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.


179 of 204 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This film truly should not have been made Zeego
Liberal Feminism ... discuss? fayesbridegroom
Most pointless film ever? joea9
If you didn't find this film disturbing... Bamble
The hardest scene to watch scottmc1971
What would you do to Ruth and her sons? Normal-Bates
Discuss The Girl Next Door (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?