Girl Next Door

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Based on a true story and book by jack kethum. A teenage girl meg and her crippled sister susam, whose parents are dead now, are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into insanity. Only one troubled boy stands between meg and susan and their cruel, torturous deaths.


Studio Starz/sphe
SKU 205767494
UPC 013131559699
UPC 14 00013131559699
Format DVD
Release Date 4/5/2011
Rating NR
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Jack Ketchum's disturbing novel moves to the screen with this horror film. A young boy develops a crush on his new neighbor, but he soon realizes that she is being tortured by the woman who was entrusted with her care.
Gregory Wilson
Daniel Manche
Blanche Baker
Blythe Auffarth
Cast & Crew
Blanche Baker - Actor
Catherine Mary Stewart - Actor
Daniel Farrands - Screenplay
Daniel Farrands, et. al. - Producer
Grant Show - Actor
Gregory Wilson - Director
Jack Ketchum - Based On Novel By
Krista Gall - Production Designer
M.J. Fiore - Editor
Philip Nutman - Screenplay
Ryan Shore - Original Music By
William Atherton - Actor
William M. Miller - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 15596
UPC 00013131559699
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Among the shocking revelations awaiting the viewer of Gregory Wilson's The Girl Next Door: Beneath the 1950's seemingly placid exterior of Ozzie and Harriet normalcy, there were--brace yourself!--sinister undercurrents at work. Case in point: sour-souled suburban divorcee Ruth Chandler (Blanche Baker) gains popularity with local adolescents by handing out beers, but things really get hopping in her basement when she offers up her 14-year-old adopted charge, Meg (Blythe Auffarth, in the film's only faintly credible performance), as a repository for every imaginable abuse, up to and including blowtorch clitorectomy. An obligatory yank at sociological import comes through Ruth referring to "fellow travelers," as the burgeoning torture-snuff genre receives another tediously grim entry, this one showing off like a kid who's just learned how to cuss...The source is a Jack Ketchum novel, itself inspired by the 1965 slaying of teenaged Sylvia Likens (also the subject of the upcoming An American Crime), but any resonance from that real-life atrocity gets smothered by a script that interlaces cliched dialogue so tightly as to block out any glint of recognizable human behavior.
Reviewer Nick Pinkerton
ReviewRating 6
Review Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door is set in 1958 in a bucolic New Jersey suburb, but Haddonfield is definitely not part of Leave It to Beaver or Happy Days territory. This is a place where nightmares happen and this horror movie adaptation of Ketchum's terrifying novel magnifies the story's brutality. It is effective, genuinely horrifying, but painful to watch. This is not Hollywood violence. There is not an ounce of gloss to relieve the sickening images...Director Gregory Wilson deserves credit for not shying away from the unsavory aspects of the story. No one can accuse him of turning the violence into pornography, because his imagery is about as ugly as it comes. What happens to Meg is unspeakable and no one is going to get off on watching the lovely Auffarth become increasingly unrecognizable as Ruth and the kids subject her to absolute horror. That said, it is hard to imagine who is going to want to squirm in their seats for 90 minutes watching this outside of Ketchum's fan base. To say the film is disconcerting is an understatement. The Girl Next Door is a trip to hell.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Baker,Blanche
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Horror Talk An amazing piece of will leave you thinking about it for days. There is no other recommendation other than Buy It As Soon As Its Released.
Stephen King ...authentically shocking...a long look into hell, suburban style, The Girl Next Door will not disappoint.
WBAI-FM A haunting adaptation of a powerful novel about the darker side of America and innocence destroyed.

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