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.

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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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Trivia

Jack Ketchum chose to write the book from the first person perspective of the neighbor because the real case had some things he was mortified with that he didn't want to include. See more »

Goofs

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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[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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Referenced in The Making of 'The Girl Next Door' (2007) See more »

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Production excellent; content disturbing.
17 June 2014 | by samberdinaSee all my reviews

I think this is the most disturbing film I've ever seen. I'm a horror film buff and thought I had seen it all, from indie chillers to Asian horror. But never has a film scraped my core like this one. I wouldn't call it "entertaining". But I guess I felt like I had to see it through. Most of the direct abuse is implied and described, which is a method that only adds to the horrifying emotions that result. I believe that the liberties taken in movies when dealing with true crime almost force people to feel what they should be feeling upon learning about such events. It's unfortunate that people skim the news with little emotion. Production, writing, acting and directing are superb in making this story real. Knowing that such an event really took place made it hurt so much more. I actually took an Alka-Seltzer after watching. Please don't let the kids watch.


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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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