The Girl Next Door
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Beneath the 1950's seemingly placid exterior of Ozzie and Harriet normalcy, there were -- brace yourself! -- sinister undercurrents at work."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"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."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Like some demented cross between a Norman Rockwell painting and an Eli Roth film."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"There's little reason to see the movie. Unless, of course, you get off on watching the sexual exploitation of underage girls."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Words simply don't do it justice; it's a masterpiece, and I'll never be able to see it again..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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"
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"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."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"The kind of movie that makes you wish you could rinse your brain in bleach, to wash all traces of it from your memory."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"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."
‑ Kam Williams, Leader Newspapers, New Jersey
"To say the film is disconcerting is an understatement."
‑ Pam Grady,
"The film is stuck with an utterly quotidian screenplay that never truly provokes the viewer."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The film is quite disturbing and some scenes are difficult to watch."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
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