Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream ...
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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.
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
Brandon Gerald Fuller,
Lauren Ashley Carter
Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream of transient workers who populate the airport's soulless hub. When Lena, a young Polish office cleaner, is befriended by Birdie, she gets drawn into a nightmarish world of torture, murder and perversity. Imprisoned in a suburban House of Horrors and designated a 'Mummy's Girl', Lena's only options appear to be to become part of the family - and join them in their insanity - or die.Written by
The grim & gritty atmosphere pervades this familiarly written story of madness and depravity. Writer / director Steven Sheil creates characters without much personality, telling a story that manages to be moderately creepy but never has much of a voice. It wraps itself up fairly quickly - it only runs 85 minutes - but Sheil generates little to no tension, which has to rate as one of the biggest problems. The movie is not going to be gory enough to suit many people, either. The acting is perfectly fine, if as colourless as the movie itself.
Olga Fedori is featured as Lena, a Polish immigrant working on the janitorial staff at London's Heathrow airport. She makes the acquaintance of easygoing co-worker Birdie (Ainsley Howard), who offers her a place to stay when Lena misses the last bus that would have taken her home. However, soon after arriving at Birdie's place, Lena is knocked unconscious, and become the prisoner of Birdie's insane Mum and Dad (Dido Miles and Perry Benson). She's obliged to fill the role of "Mummy's Girl", warned that she had better learn her place in the household or suffer the consequences.
When this short and sordid, intimate little tale is over, it unfortunately doesn't have a lot of resonance. It doesn't help that many of us have probably already seen similar movies over the years; "Mum & Dad" just doesn't bring much that's fresh to the party. It certainly isn't as shocking as one would like, even when Lena is exploring her environs and discovers the extent of the crimes of Mum & Dad. Fedori never does make Lena too likable a character; the one person who's more sympathetic is the unspeaking Elbie (Toby Alexander), another member of the adoptive "family".
Sheil does cannily stress the nearness of the abode to the airport, filming planes in the air at every opportunity, but his ending is seriously underwhelming; again, a sense of deja vu dominates the proceedings.
It's doubtful that even die hard genre lovers will find that much of value here.
Five out of 10.
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