" Buckle up ya seat belts, "The Girl Next Door" just might be one of the most disturbing horror movies that you will ever see!"
Where do we even begin with this one? Incest? Torture? Child Abuse? If you picked any of those three, then you might have an idea of what this movie is about, but if you didn't, it's one helluva doosey! "The Girl Next Door" is a graphic horror film containing some of the most malicious and unsavory acts that can possibly happen to a child, especially a teenage girl. We say that now to warn any moviegoer of the possible anguish that they may experience while, after and during the watching of this film. So for those of you left that are still curious about the movie..Let's begin...
Now for those that don't know, "The Girl Next Door" is loosely based on a true crime that occurred sometime in the mid-60s to a young girl, by the name of Sylvia Likens. Author, Jack Ketchum was able to capture this horrific account in a novel that he published in '89 and by 2007 it was later transformed into this movie we are now about to review.
The film begins from a narrative point of view, with a man named David(Atherton) recounting depressing memories of his childhood that continue to influence his life some 30yrs later. As he begins to talk, the film shifts to another perspective showing a much younger David meeting a girl named Meg(Auffarth) by the water's edge. Meg is a pretty girl with eyes full of promise who takes a liking to young David, as she becomes a second focus in the film's story-line. There are several other youths within the film that play equally vital roles shaping the context of the story, but young David(Manche) and Meg are the two characters carrying the most weight.
Now by the time we are introduced to Ruth Chandler(Baker), it's already obvious that several of the children in this film have some serious issues including sexual inappropriateness and sadistic behavior. This is especially noted when we witness one of the children deriving pleasure out of, well you'll just have to see won't u..lol Ruth's demeanor around the children is somewhat uncouth, as she saunters around provocatively and exposes the boys to mature content in just about every manner of the fact. It's sad that some of these events actually happened in a real town to real people, but that's the world we live in.
As the film moves on, we begin to see that Ruth doesn't take too kindly to the idea of having young women in her home, namely Meg and her sister, Susan. She speaks harshly to Meg at every turn and makes any idea of a happy home a dismal dream that will never come true. The real tragedy, however, begins when Ruth and her band of delinquents decide to play a game which spirals dangerously out of control. David is a witness to the horror that occurs within this film and "The Girl Next Door" is his story.
After watching this film, one can be filled with a sense of grief and rage that events like this could even occur in the homes around us. We want to take a second to encourage any of you now reading this to report all known or suspected child abuse because if your actions can save one, then it's all worth it. This film received mixed reviews, as it covers touchy subject matter, but it's well worth the watch if you want to see the darker side of humanity. This film is classified as a horror, but it could more appropriately be labeled, "A True Terror That Shook The Nation".
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