Jack Ketchum's 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 Indiana home of Ruth Chandler (Blanche Baker) and her three sons, Willie (Graham Patrick Martin), Donny (Benjamin Ross Kaplan), and Ralphie (Austin Williams). Upon arriving in the quiet suburban neighborhood, Meg quickly forges a warm bond with local neighbor boy David Moran (Daniel Manche). Strangely, Ruth seems to harbor some sort of unknown grudge against her pretty young charge, and it isn't long before events in the Chandler home begin to take an ominous turn. Now, as Ruth Chandler begins her slow descent into madness, the basement of a typical middle-class home is about to become the scene of a crime that would shock and repulse an entire nation.

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Cast

Blanche Baker
as Ruth Chandler
Blythe Auffarth
as Meg Loughlin
Daniel Manche
as David Moran
Grant Show
as Mr. Moran
Graham Patrick Martin
as Willie Chandler Jr.
Benjamin Ross Kaplan
as Donny Chandler
Austin Williams
as Ralphie 'Woofer' Chandler
William Atherton
as Adult David
Kevin Chamberlin
as Officer Jennings
Spenser Leigh
as Denise Crocker
Madeline Taylor
as Susan Loughlin
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

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

Oct 16, 2007

There's little reason to see the movie. Unless, of course, you get off on watching the sexual exploitation of underage girls.

Oct 5, 2007 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

The kind of movie that makes you wish you could rinse your brain in bleach, to wash all traces of it from your memory.

Oct 5, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's a dark, harsh, and sometimes powerfully unpleasant film, but it's also very well made.

Aug 28, 2015 | Full Review…

If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie.

Jun 25, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Dec 4, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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½

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.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

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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!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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½

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.;

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

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