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The Girl Next Door (2007)


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Based on the harrowing best-seller by author Jack Ketchum, director Gregory Wilson's The Girl Next Door presents a fictionalized account of the shocking ordeal endured by Sylvia Likens -- an innocent Indiana teen who was systematically tortured, raped, and murdered by a suburban divorcée and a group of neighborhood children in 1965. Shortly after losing their parents in a deadly car accident, Meg Laughlin (Blythe Auffarth) and her younger sister, Susan (Madeline Taylor), are sent to live in the


Drama, Horror

Daniel Farrands, Philip Nutman

Dec 4, 2007

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Beneath the 1950's seemingly placid exterior of Ozzie and Harriet normalcy, there were -- brace yourself! -- sinister undercurrents at work.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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There's little reason to see the movie. Unless, of course, you get off on watching the sexual exploitation of underage girls.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (9)
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The kind of movie that makes you wish you could rinse your brain in bleach, to wash all traces of it from your memory.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Words simply don't do it justice; it's a masterpiece, and I'll never be able to see it again...

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A super-realistic horror flick that's so relentlessly-disturbing it's likely to trigger debate as to whether the filmmaker might have left too little to the imagination.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Leader Newspapers, New Jersey
Leader Newspapers, New Jersey

It's a dark, harsh and sometimes powerfully unpleasant film, but it's also one that's made with a lot of care and craftsmanship.

October 7, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet

Based on Jack Ketchum's deeply disturbing novel, Gregory Wilson's film explores the dark bond between an embittered housewife and a group of apparently ordinary suburban teenagers that leads to torture and murder.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

To say the film is disconcerting is an understatement.

October 5, 2007

Like some demented cross between a Norman Rockwell painting and an Eli Roth film.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

L'expérience que nous propose Wilson se veut si intense et le malaise qui s'en suit si profond qu'il serait surprenant que plusieurs désirent la vivre une seconde fois

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

The film is stuck with an utterly quotidian screenplay that never truly provokes the viewer.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Much more than just your basic sadistic horror thriller, The Girl Next Door redefines the notion of guilty pleasure as raw and potent allegory, and corrective to the US culture of conformist collective complicity.

September 29, 2007 Full Review
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Not as bloody as 'Hotel 2,' but because we know that the horrific events really happened, 'The Girl Next Door' is at least as scary.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The film is quite disturbing and some scenes are difficult to watch.

July 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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The strange thing about this film is that the acting (particularly from the main character) didn't start off great, but it does improve through the film. It's shocking that this was a true story and actions that took place are truly disturbing.
March 10, 2012

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I watched this movie after I saw it on a list of the most disturbing movies ever made and although it was definatly not Disney I think my expecations were built higher than the film actually delivered. Still it was worth the watch and a good movie to have on DVD to scare your slightly harder to bore friends on movie night.
July 17, 2011
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its really sad that this movie is based on a true story but this movie jus irritated me! the portrayal of characters werejust annoying and i felt more frustrated then any other emotion! this movie failed ithink to capture the emotion that this actual story deserves!
July 15, 2010
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Starts off innocently like a nice time warp back to the 50's but after awhile it turn nasty. A great movie with a hard to watch story line and wont be to everyone's taste.The direction is good and it could of been more graphic but it was't and some things left to your own mind......which can be worst.The Two leads are fantastic and watch able,
There is another movie dealing with the same story called American crime which deals with the true life story that this was based on and is worth checking out too.
But this one is so worth your time and effort so check out this one first.;
March 31, 2010

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    1. Adult David: You think you know about pain? Talk to my second wife. When she was nineteen she got between a couple of fighting cats, and one of them went at her, climbed her like a tree, tore gashes out of her thighs and breasts and belly that you can still see today. She got thirty stitches and a fever that lasted for days. My second wife says that's pain. She doesn't know shit, that woman.
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