Girl Next Door (2007)

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Avg Rating: 4.6 / 5. Voted: 16

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AKA: Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door
Year: 2007
Directed by: Gregory M. Wilson
Starring: Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Daniel Manche
Country: USA
Language: English (English subtitles)
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Runtime: 01:31:10
Genres: Women In Prison, Torture, Rape/Sexual Violence against Women, Old-Young, Captivity/Kidnapping, Incest, Domestic Abuse, Based on a True Story, Siblings-Family

Plot – Spoilers:
The Girl Next Door is based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name. Two teenage girls Meg and Susan lose their parents in an accident and go to live with their aunt Ruth and three male teenage cousins in a suburban town. The story is narrated from the perspective of a neighboring kid, now all grown up, who at the time had a crush on Meg.

Ruth is a weird woman with misogynistic views and sees Meg and Susan as subservient beings with no rights. What begins as stepmotherly treatment spirals into a type of slavery before degenerating into the worst possible abuse of Meg and Susan at the hands of Ruth and her young boys.

Favorite scenes:
The torture scenes of Meg from the perspective of Ruth’s young boys growing to enjoy the torture and sexual power they are given, throws some insight into how humans if allowed by law (in this case their mother, Ruth) can quickly abandon morality for their personal gratification especially of a sexual nature.

An American Crime starring Catherine Keener and Ellen Page was also based on this true story of the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens.

32 thoughts on “Girl Next Door (2007)

  • November 24, 2018 at 8:21 am
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    This film is very good at making you pity the main character. You can feel how fucked up the behavior of the antagonist is, and this feeling only doubles when you learn it was based on a true story.
    A very tasteful and non edgy “fucked up” film, I highly recommend.

    First Impression: 8.65/10

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    • September 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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      pity the main character, I hated him the most. HE DIDNT TELL ANYONE RIGHT FROM THE START. To much of pussy to not see her mistreated but cant tell anyone. You were the one sane character among all the other psychopaths yet he did nothing in the beginning. I hate him more than Ruth

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  • September 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    fuck the protaganist stupid little boy. I mean how much of a pussy is he , all he had to do was tell the police or his parents right from the start. There’s one thing if he didnt feel for her but he actually liked her yet did jack shit only till the end when she got fucked up. Fuck your moto of what you do in the end, you had enough chances in the beginning yet you made the choice of not telling anyone in the start. Thats some ultra shit level pussy.

    Since this story is true it pisses me off more, all I can think of is either is wrongly conveyed from the protaganist POV or this little shit had gulity pleasure on seeing Meg being mistreated.

    So fuck you man for having feeling for her yet doing jack shit to stop it. If you think that this story made me feel sorry for this little shit you are wrong. He pissed me off more than Ruth.

    Man this movie got under my skin

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    • September 23, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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      I know right?! That shit pissed me off too! Still a fantastic movie regardless though.

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    • June 7, 2020 at 10:50 pm
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      Dude, this is based on a true story and the main character was a cinematic vehicle used to tell the story. Regrettably, Ruth was not killed. Her real name was Gloria Banishewski and if the fake character David pissed you off, just think about Gloria/Ruth committing this brutal murder, being charged with 1st degree murder, and getting paroled after only 22 years! The movie borders on unwatchable, but it was almost tame compared to the real story! The victim’s name was (in real life) Sylvia Likens. Brace yourself if you decide to read the actual story!

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    • February 7, 2021 at 4:16 am
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      The real story is even more messed up than this. The guy who liked her ended up beating and raping her too, no good guys in this story. Real life is way harder than fiction.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    That stupid little piece of shit deserves his dick cut off. And I’ve never thought that about anyone before in my entire life. This fucking little kid is the worst person on the entire planet.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    Damn you guys are really putting it all on the main character? I get he was a little bitch but shit he’s not as bad as the others. he at least was able to recognize it was wrong and never wanted to participate. sure hes a pussy who didn’t have the nerve to save her, it could be a lot worse

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  • December 5, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    This movie hurts. David should had to told his parents about that bitch Ruth.

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  • February 16, 2020 at 4:46 am
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    dirty evil jews, its funny when a movie is made about germans they pound into your hea dhow bad they are. This , this is about a filthy jew bitch …

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    • December 6, 2020 at 4:27 pm
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      A filthy Jew bitch. Triggered that racist bone in you, right?

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    • December 7, 2020 at 6:39 am
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      This movie should be called “Another day of the chosen”
      The jews do this every day

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    • December 14, 2020 at 12:14 am
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      Seriously…what the fuck is wrong with you? You come on here hiding behind a fake name..Come on put your real name up you racist little pussy I.dare you!.
      Your comments are irrelevant ..nothing to do with the content of any movies you watch on here ,yes I’ve seen you many times before you piece of crap…same old unintelligible racist bollocks..out of context racist bollocks too!! You’ll be whinging your dad little fascist eyes out in a few weeks when Orange Hitler gets kicked out the Whitehouse!…#BLM…..ps I’m white .

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      • December 16, 2020 at 4:07 am
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        You’re also a repugnant little cunt…. probably 300 lbs. and fuggly as all Hell. Nobody like you, and thus you struggle so hard to be a part of something… but you can’t be. You never will be. You’re just another lonely loser. Totally meaningless and insignificant.

        Suicide IS always an option, you hateful little pig.

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      • February 2, 2021 at 6:17 am
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        look! a white person virtue signalling on the internet.
        probably have a bunch of blackface photos in that not so hidden folder.
        run for office.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 7:04 pm
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    Fuck all those above me who have posted spoilers in comments. If you do at least mark your comments as *spoiler alert* you stupid morons.

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  • June 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm
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    How come no one has mentioned that this is a true story? This film is based on the 1965 torture-murder of 16 y/o Sylvia Likens in Indianapolis Indiana. With VERY FEW liberties taken with the original story. I hate to say it, but this film gave me more sleepless nights than the murder of a close friend that happened around the same time. No spoilers, but I promise that you will wish you could jump through the screen and kill everyone but the victims! Watch it and then go read the actual case’s trial manuscripts; most of the perpetrators are dead, but after seeing this and studying the real case, you might be tempted to find the sole surviving killer who lives under an assumed name. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if someone acted on those impulses to the point of doing an actual Dexter on the vile cunt. Just sayin’.

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  • June 8, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Dude, this is based on a true story and the main character was a cinematic vehicle used to tell the story. Regrettably, Ruth was not killed. Her real name was Gloria Banishewski and if the fake character David pissed you off, just think about Gloria/Ruth committing this brutal murder, being charged with 1st degree murder, and getting paroled after only 22 years! The movie borders on unwatchable, but it was almost tame compared to the real story! The victim’s name was (in real life) Sylvia Likens. Brace yourself if you decide to read the actual story!

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  • June 8, 2020 at 11:46 am
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    It is obvious that those that hate The fake David character don’t know shit about the overall tolerance the U.S. had of parental rule in those days. It was nothing like it is now! Family rule was everything and in the real story, it was the adults that willfully ignored what they thought was “strange”. Unlike now , where kids get away with just about every damn thing, children and adolescents could get the living hell knocked out of them for things that kids say these days. It meant very little as long as there were no marks. The only people that could intervene in a situation like this with no reprisals were the local clergy. And they didn’t in this case…So much for the blessings of christian privilege! (It is also worth noting that this incident that occurred took place at a time when child protective services were a relatively new thing. Before that, children were actually protected by the ASPCA! Had it not been for the valiant efforts salvation army founder Pearl S Buck, they wouldn’t have even had the ASPCA looking out for them. Bottomline: Charles Dickens wasn’t really writing fiction. Sad reality of those times.

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  • June 29, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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    Hello, sorry for my english, but reading the comments people say the kid must call the police but I understand him, and why the others girls did not too, it’s because the fear that we feel when we are kids are not the same that an adult, when I was a kid looked something terrible but I could say to anything because the fear was so terrible than I had nightnares, now I think I was stupid but I am only a little boy

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  • August 3, 2020 at 11:53 pm
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    I hated this. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a badly acted or produced film. It’s just I can’t stand to see a nice pretty young girl tortured physically and emotionally so realistically. I don’t see any reason for someone to watch this movie twice. So in a sense I am saying there is no need to watch it once. However I will not rate it either way as I am biased towards the subject material.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 3:12 am
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    I love how the comments keep bleating on about this being based on a true story like that means anything. Sure aspects of the situation and setting are similar, but the rest is pure artistic interpretation and doesn’t have to be based in fact on any level. Hell, The Amityville Horror was based on a true story, but the film was entirely made up.

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  • December 5, 2020 at 3:48 am
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    Fucked Up and Depressing. 9/10

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  • December 15, 2020 at 7:47 am
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    Can we update this description for Eliot Page?

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    • December 15, 2020 at 9:45 am
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      That’s An American Crime.
      But Ellen in the movie, so….

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    • December 16, 2020 at 4:12 am
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      To what?

      Gender confused Page?

      The Earth is flat too, huh?

      You people are fuckin hilarious.

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      • December 17, 2020 at 7:49 am
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        Agreed, it’s fucking embarrassing

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  • February 1, 2021 at 8:26 am
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    good movie, great photography and fine looking cast, damn Davey’s mom is effing hot… kinda dumb in parts, could have been made for tv, almost looked like they had spots to insert the commercials, but well worth a watch. I totally agree with Juan above, kids in them days kept their mouths shut. seen & not heard. believe me I lived it 9 yrs @ catholic school. yeah this was extreme but it’s a movie, who knows what really happened…

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  • February 9, 2021 at 6:04 pm
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    Serbian Film, Audition, Human Centipede, Cannibal Holocaust, Grotesque, Saw, Hostel. All films I’ve watched casually, with a smile on my face while eating dinner through all the gory scenes. Even true stories like 3096 days, Cleveland abduction, things that I know that logically I should be much more disgusted at. I might be messed up in the head but I get a certain sick twisted pleasure out of watching them.

    Somehow, this much more tame film is the first I just found uncomfortable to sit through. I’m not sure if its just the more relatable kind of abuse, or how seriously it takes it, or how there’s no levity or the fact that the characters are literally children that actually look like children. I just found it hard to watch.

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    • March 3, 2021 at 12:12 pm
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      It’s probably because the movie slowly builds up the tension and evil of the main villain (Blanche Baker fantastically nailed her portrayal of that demon cunt Gertrude) rather than just emphasising on over the top gore. Anticipate horrific torture scenes with uncomfortable dialogue and pity scenes for the sweet innocent protagonist victim and you’re in for a ride in hell.

      Not to mention that this was set in an idyllic American suburbia during the summertime, which was quite jarring.

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