Girl Next Door [DVD]  [US Import] [NTSC]
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The movie is set in 1958 and tells the story of two young girls Meg Loughlin (Blythe Auffarth) and Susan Loughlin (Madeline Taylor) who after losing their parents in an accident, move in with their Aunt Ruth (Blanche Baker) and her three sons. They then experience brutal mistreatment within then household.
The movie is ninety minutes in duration and what a powerful ninety minutes it is. It starts slow introducing the main characters and seems as though it's going to be a nice coming of age drama. I was feeling good at this point but I was in for a shock as the story took a complete opposite and hellish turn. The story keeps you engaged throughout whilst playing around with the viewers emotions. I went through so much watching the movie. It was disturbing to the extent that I wanted to look away from the screen but at the same time I couldn't because I became that involved with the story and the chararcters. I felt like doing something for the sufferring characters but at the same time was really helpless. The movie progresses with the viewer glued to the screen and then ends effectively. In the end I was exhausted but straight away decided that this movie was an Oscar winner although it was ignored by the academy awards.
The movie touches on really sensitive issues like child abuse, violence against women and responsibilities of adults.Read more ›
Being a big fan of horror and thriller and revenge movies I wasn't sure where this one was going to go. Someone recommended it to me at the Frightfest festival only telling me it was disturbing. Disturbing how? forgot to ask her!
I once said to my man that I didn't mind a bit of torture when the subject is guilty, and deserves it (the Last House on The left...) but this is what I didn't know is here the poor girl is completely innocent.
Well, thank God I found it hard to watch as it made me realise I have not yet become an insensitive cold hearted horror fan viewer.
I absolutely loved the acting. The victim was portrayed as caring, sweet and very gentle, which understandably would irritate her aunt who is the opposite. This really explains why her aunt hates her so much.
David was so charismatic and adorable as he struggled to help but you really feel for him. He did try and that is what he did last that counts.
This is the morale of the story told by himself when he is older, and I really liked that. It is easy to do nothing but trying no matter how counts so much more.
For some reason the elder girl is villified and tortured not only by the aunt but by her young sons. The only friend she has is a young boy who,lives next door who tries to help her
The slow beginning and introduction of the characters and the general feel of the film made me even more sceptical about how good this film was going to be and I kinda thought I could see where it was going. I almost even gave up on the film. But oh my Zeus i'm glad I didn't!
After the slow beginning, things started to ramp up a bit and things get a little bit disturbing. And I thought it might stop there and white knights would save the day. But it didn't. It progresses and progresses and things get quite rapidly more twisted until the film comes to a conclusion.
This film left a massive impression on me! It's very rare that i'm still thinking about a film the day after but this was one of the few. It even prompted me to look into the story of Sylvia Likens which the film is based on. And though this is by no means an accurate portrayal, if it was, the torture scenes would probably have got the film banned.
The film is about a young girl who is fostered into a new family, her new mother begins to torture her and allows her boys to rape her.
If I had to describe the main emotion dealt with in the film I would probably say depression, not because the film is depressing, but because that is the general thriller emotion explored within. It also generates feelings of frustration but due to its unappealing start its hard for these two emotions to begin to manifest themselves into anything of any notability. The movie could have been a lot more gritty and full of emotions but by the time the story gets going theres not enough time left but to just scratch the surface of what could have been.
Its hard to imagine it as any other film after having seen it. Thats not a good thing.
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The source material that this film is based on provides me with endless interest, however the movie doesn't do it much justice. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Arrakiszero
Read the book before watching this, this film is close to the book and the story is shocking seeing as it is based on a true story..Published 28 days ago by gwyn williams
This is by far one of the most upsetting films I have ever watched in my entire life. Made more so that it is based on true events.Published 2 months ago by PinkySwear
I've just finished watching this film on Amazon Prime, it is the most disturbing film that I think I have ever watched! Based on a true story, 'The Girl Next Door' a 2007 film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wishpicker