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The Girl Next Door: Based on the Jack Ketchum's novel with the same title, which is based on the true story of Sylvia Likens, who was tortured and killed in 1965 in Indiana.

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.8/10 Metascore: 29% RT: 67%
Released: July 19, 2007
Runtime: 91 mins
Genres: Crime Drama Horror Thriller
Countries: USA
Director: Gregory Wilson
Actors: Austin Williams Blanche Baker Catherine Mary Stewart Grant Show Jennifer Alexander Kevin Chamberlin Mark Margolis Michael Zegen Peter Stickles William Atherton

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Posted by CandleMagick 4 years, 2 months ago
+9 | +10 / -1

I think what disturbs me most after watching the film, is the responses condemning the little boy. This was a kid...and cannot have been expected to act like an adult in defiance of a mentally unbalanced adult and the nasty little cadre of other youngsters she had control over. Think "Lord of the Flies" (if you've read it) and try to understand that children don't cope with extreme situations as you would hope an adult would. He didn't tell for the same reasons that molested children and battered/abused children often don't tell. Wow, ya'll. Just wow.

Posted by Sc13nt1f1c 5 years, 7 months ago
+9 | +9 / -0

Very good movie, but a warning; If your a dad like me, some scenes are very hard to watch without wanting to smash someones face in.

Posted by Gus_Lucas 6 years, 3 months ago
+7 | +7 / -0

My heart goes out to the real girl who went through the inhuman torture..i read bout it a long time back and this movie was directed almost spot on..leaves you with a huge amount of anger and apathy knowing what humans would do to their own kind 10/10

Posted by scottg36 4 years, 8 months ago
+5 | +5 / -0

I am disgusted and wanted to jump through the screen pissed off when I watched this. I can not phathom why Davey didn't get help multiple times. Emotional movie is not the word.... I can't even find the words. I can't even sleep. This sweet poor girl. I am so upset, I almost threw my laptop against the wall. You should have to sign a waiver to watch this.

Posted by fuzzybunny 1 year, 8 months ago
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I love horror/supernatural movies, zombies etc. But this movie was seriously intense. Movie monsters don't hold a candle to people and the monsters we can be. This movie gets a 10/10

Posted by uglybetty72 4 years, 9 months ago
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This is a good movie but An American Crime is more accurate in its telling of the story.

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Posted by nay1124 6 years, 2 months ago
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I saw 'an american crime" so this is like another version of what actually happened to sylvia ... The incident was captured better in american crime to me personally .. but they did a good job in this movie as well ... she was a strong girl still ... if only Davie wouldve just told the police or his parents ... she could have told her own story of child abuse ... smh this is so sad ... just plain ole fucked up ... There is a special place in hell for the ppl responsible ... Ive read up on the actual story and the Gertrude ( the evil bitch that was the mom) died once released from prison ... the son got out of jail and i believe they said he moved away and changed his name never to be heard from again ... her daughter that actually started the bullshit for her being mistreated did the same and these days she claims she doesnt remember what happened with sylvia ... TERRIBLE! *side note* these ppl were "christians" ... smmfh

Posted by jawramik 2 years, 8 months ago
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As a longtime horror junkie, it takes a lot to disturb me. This is one of the few films I've seen within the past 5+ years that really got to me. It's a very well-made movie and is absolutely worth watching for those who have the stomach for it, but it's very hard to watch, and it will stay with you long after the final credits roll.

Posted by eveie 3 years, 4 months ago
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so sad had me in tears ..... how anyone could be so cruel is beyond me

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Posted by mad77 3 years, 10 months ago
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Gertrude Baniszewski, you can have that only in U.S.A : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imeyaMy1J5s (And 40.000 People signed for her freedom after serving only 18 years , that says it all - new born Christian or some shit like that ... ) Does anyone know what happened to her children/neighbours , those participiants? Any stil alive? Any to get what they deserve ? Anyone volounteering to do the job ?

Posted by maryep 4 years, 4 months ago
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Great movie, but very disturbing, excellently cast and directed. The people portrayed in this film were total monsters. I myself liked An American Crime better, as I believe it came closer to portraying the true facts. In either case, both movies were just as horrifying to watch. 9/10

Posted by Abalam 4 years, 5 months ago
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This made me cry my eyes out..

Posted by Pitboss68 4 years, 9 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 9 months ago )
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Words fail to describe the emotions that bubble to the surface as one watches this truly horrifying true story of humans without humanity... An unflinching account of the brutality inflicted on one young victim of a cruel and domineering caretaker will make you angry, disgusted and helplessly sad. That said, the tale is one that needed to be told, and as a film, the performances are nothing short of brilliant. This is not for entertainment, but rather for purpose. And Jack Ketchum's disturbing novel of this true 1950's case is adapted with uncommon dedication to the victims, directly and indirectly affected by the actions of a sadistic and domineering woman who's own unresolved issues fuel her need for power. It's difficult to watch, but it is also a must see gut-check to remind us of our humanity. 8/10.

Posted by SNRCowgirl95 6 years, 2 months ago
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Sylvia's story is so dispressing... I watched "An American Crime" which is a movie based on the 1965 case of Sylvia Likens. Knowing what happened is scaring. I wanna know more about it so I'll probably watch "The Girl Next Door" too.

Posted by mfree79 6 years, 5 months ago
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This is LOOSELY based on the Likens murder, if you want to see an actual account of this crime watch "An American Crime". Also, sylvialikens.com has the trial transcripts, I read all of it, very sad. Since this movie took an actual murder of a child and changed the facts for better profitability, I can only rate this 6/10.

Posted by laika 7 years, 4 months ago
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The real-life case that this movie exploited is the most disgusting and horrific atrocity committed against a single human being that I have heard of. Sadly though, this movie had no emotional impact on me whatsoever, due to how terrible it is. Everything - the acting, dialogue, direction - was so awful. This wouldn't even be in the 50 most disturbing films I've ever seen, which is sad as the real-life story is so haunting to me.

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Posted by vtanisstoll 4 months ago ( Edited 4 months ago )
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Geez,that mother is a bitch and she raised a band of evil, conniving, little shits. I shed a couple real tears, not just for the character, Meg, but also for the actual young woman who suffered that horrible fate in 1965

Posted by urizen 5 months ago
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5/5 powerful movie, can't even find words...

Posted by alias6969 11 months ago
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Those boys and that mother are the lowest forms of humanity I have seen. Such a horrific movie and very sad. It would have only took one person to say she was in the basement. Very cruel indeed.

Posted by PiperP 1 year ago
+2 | +2 / -0

To me, personally, this is the most horrific movie I have ever seen. Being based on truth, makes it more so. It is also an excellent movie. Some may say, we do not need movies like this. I say, do not watch it than. These things are happening. This did happen. The compassion this movie invokes for the victim, and to see what evil is, regarding the culprit(s), means this movie should be watched 10/10

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