AKA: Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door
Directed by: Gregory M. Wilson
Starring: Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Daniel Manche
Language: English (English subtitles)
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.
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.