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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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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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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

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1.78 : 1
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Unfortunately this film is based on a true case. In 1965 a young girl named Sylvia was beaten, starved, raped and taunted by her former neighborhood friends and by her caregiver. While her sister survived, Sylvia died from all the trauma and the case was brought to trial, raising awareness of child abuse and bullying. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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[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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Unflinchingly real ... a genre-redefining classic
6 December 2007 | by panicprodSee all my reviews

Directed by Gregory Wilson, and shot and produced by William Miller, Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door is a movie that few who've seen it will ever forget. Black-hole dark and beyond harrowing, it's nonetheless a carefully crafted work and also extraordinarily sensitive. In fact, if it's not strictly a horror film, then one can only conclude that it's the genre's loss. Jack Ketchum's novel, like much of his work, is based on compelling real-life events. In this instance the story draws upon a 1960s case of almost unspeakable child abuse—most of that abuse committed by other children under adult supervision. Ketchum, who is extremely proud of this film adaptation, speaks openly about production company Moderncine's initial pitch to him: "Let us make this movie before Hollywood does and ruins it." To bring The Girl Next Door to the screen, Moderncine enlisted some topnotch talent, including award-winning director Gregory Wilson, who here displays a tremendous talent working with actors, and veteran writers Philip Nutman and Daniel Farrands. Still, in a period when horror movies have repeatedly pushed, and even mangled, the envelope, this one derives most of its emotional shock not from graphic content but from the realistic and courageous presentation of a long-standing cultural taboo: on-screen violence to children. Unfortunately, it's all too easy for mainstream critics to shoot down this kind of movie by terming it "exploitative" when actually it's the opposite: a tragedy that immerses the audience in the misery of the real rather than promoting escapism with comfortable, and clichéd, lessons about violence and evil. After a successful theatrical run in New York early in the fall, The Girl Next Door is now available here on DVD. I urge you to see it. Like another powerful film released in 2007, Bug, it may hit too close to home to appeal to the typical horror fan. Indeed, it has a slightly different audience in mind: human beings.


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