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The Girl Next Door (2007)

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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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Gregory Wilson (as Gregory M. Wilson)

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Daniel Farrands (screenplay), Philip Nutman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Atherton ... Adult David Moran
Blythe Auffarth ... Meg Loughlin
Blanche Baker ... Ruth Chandler
Kevin Chamberlin ... Officer Jennings
Dean Faulkenberry Dean Faulkenberry ... Kenny
Gabrielle Howarth Gabrielle Howarth ... Cheryl Robinson
Benjamin Ross Kaplan Benjamin Ross Kaplan ... Donny Chandler (as Ben Kaplan)
Spenser Leigh 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 Greg Northrop ... Police Officer #2 (as Gregory Northtrop)
Grant Show ... Mr. Moran
Santo Silvestro Santo Silvestro ... Ice Cream Vendor
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Storyline

In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters, Meg and disabled Susan are placed in the care of their mentally unstable aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that involve her young sons, Willie, Ralphie, and Donny the neighborhood children, and one 12-year-old boy, David whose life will be changed forever. Written by lament

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The writer of the book this film is based on, Jack Ketchum, appears as the carnival ticket taker. See more »

Goofs

In the basement when Meg is tied up and undressed by the boys on the order of Gertrude. The underwear she is seen wearing while appropriate for her age group (12-16) as she is 16, they would not have been manufactured until around the time of the films production and release. 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.
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WOW! What a powerful punch this one packs!
26 November 2007 | by alanmoraSee all my reviews

Before I get into the film let me briefly surmise the actual case that this film is based on. Firstly, the actual case of Sylvia Likens was in reality much more brutal than this movie portrays. If you can try for a moment to wrap your mind around that fact than you can begin to fathom the unbelievable torture that this young woman actually endured. The actual case took place in the 1960s but for some odd reason this story is set in the 1950s this is where the confusion begins. Also, in the actual case, Sylvia was not raped nor was she forced to suffer the final indignity that the character in this movie does. That aside, this is a shockingly brutal and powerful film...yes the acting is stiff but I do believe that this was intentional in order to reflect the times. This film is a period piece and should be taken as such. When you take a look at the cast and realize the caliber of actors/actresses in this film anyone can easily see that these are not bad actors. Much of the brutality in this film is implied violence rather than in your face blood and guts. There are cut-aways during some of the more intense moments of the torture scenes but in many ways this makes things even worse! In this sense, this is genius film making. It makes the viewer believe that they have seen something much more horrific than they actually have, not to say that this makes the images seen in this film any less disturbing. A friend of mine who watched this film with me told me that he was unable to sleep for the rest of the night because of this film...and we're talking about a grown man in his late thirties! That's the sort of impact a film like this has. I am looking forward to "An American Crime" which is based on the court transcripts of the actual case and should adhere more to the facts but nonetheless "The Girl Next Door" is a film that punches you in the gut and refuses to relinquish it's grip on your senses.


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