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Girl Next Door [DVD] [2007] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.7 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC38EQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,740 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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'The Girl Next Door' is a horror/drama/love story that released in USA in 2007 and took three years to release in the UK via DVD. The movie is critically acclaimed, however has generally went unnoticed on both releases. The film is an adaptation of the 1989 novel of the same name written by Jack Ketchum. It's also loosely based on the true story of Sylvia Likens.

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.
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Unbelievable to know that these were true events. If every detail is true, there is one point at which even a seasoned horror connoisseur like myself was speechless in horror. I cannot refer to it without spoiling, but when that point arrives I expect it to have the same effect on anyone else it is so shocking and cruel. It takes a while to start with the violence, but the second half of the film will test any stomach. Very hard to watch.
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I watched TGND yesterday on dvd, alone at home, via lovefilm.
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.
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By Dave n Linda TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2015
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This movie was mad all the more horrific because it's a true story. It revolves around 2 girls whose parents die so they are sent to live with their mentally unstable aunt.

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
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When a film claims to have "graphic scenes" it's normally enough to get me to watch it because I'm a bit weird like that. But due to the broad spectrum of what falls under the term 'graphic' and the fact that it is based on a true story generally made me sceptical.

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.
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The movie features many children, they are not all that great at acting, they are persistent through the whole film. I personally don't like films that feature many kids especially when they don't go away or get killed in a timely fashion. The films content up until the 37minute mark is unrelated to the main story and is just padding or setting up the main story but its not very essential I felt the film should have started a lot earlier especially with all the child actors doing whatever it is they do that is so annoying.

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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