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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R (for sadistic torture and sexual abuse, nudity, language and strong sexual dialogue - all involving children)
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Drama , Horror
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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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Critic Reviews for Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door

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.

October 16, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
TheHorrorShow

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

Full Review… | June 25, 2008
ESplatter

Brace yourself for a daring docudrama featuring practically-pornographic horror fare far more frightening than the Scream trilogy. Not for the squeamish. You wuz warned.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007

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!

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