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The Girl Next Door (2007)

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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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In this town murder became the neighborhood game 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 »

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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

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 »

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Though set in 1958, kids call one another "dork" and "doofus" - gradeschool put-downs that weren't in common use until Seventies or Eighties. See more »

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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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A Deeply Disturbing Tale of Truth
29 December 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Meg Loughlin's parents are dead, causing her and her sister to live with their aunt Ruth. Ruth is not like the other parents: she allows the neighborhood children to smoke and drink, and has an intense dislike for Meg -- for no real reason. After telling the police about mistreatment, Meg's punishment becomes more and more severe.

First, let me say that Blythe Auffarth (who plays Meg Loughlin) is an amazing actress. Some of the scenes in this film are truly awful -- not acted awful, mind you, but are just visually repellent. Most actresses would say no to the torture, rape and beatings contained in this film. And you cannot blame them. But Auffarth accepts the role and does an amazing job of being the normal "girl next door".

While watching this film, I told myself I had finally found the spiritual successor to "Last House on the Left" and my opinion remains the same. Like "Last House", this film is scary because of its realism. The events could actually happen to the victim, it's not just a psycho with an ax (which, while possible, is more fantasy than anything). Perhaps this film even trumps "Last House" in a way because the events really did happen, and actually happened worse than depicted here. The real girl, for example, also had to consume human waste, which is not shown here.

Making the film even more powerful is that we are shown the events from the point of view of the neighbor boy, who has a crush on Meg (despite being a few years younger). We watch them meet, become friends and then as events spin more and more out of control we see how completely helpless the boy is. While the boy is only mildly harmed in the film, it's an emotional roller coaster to be put in his shoes knowing everything that is happening and having nothing available to remedy it. The suffering he feels vicariously, we also feel vicariously. It's a pain train.

I cannot recommend this film for the squeamish. I was very uneasy watching it, making this film a member of a very exclusive list (with such others as "Kids"). Even those who enjoy seeing a film of slaughter (and sometimes I do) will be shocked in some way by this one. It's not your Jason or Freddy film, it's your sister or girlfriend really being kidnapped and there's nothing you can do about it. And yes, this really did happen and it can happen again.


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