Sunday, 13 November 2011

Horror Review: The Girl Next Door (2007)


The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Nowadays it's hard to find a film that truly disturbs me, that will leave an impression on me and that will truly make you feel uncomfortable. Then I watched this film....A film based on a 1989 Jack Ketchum novel of the same name. The film is loosely based on true events surrounding the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens by Gertrude Baniszewski during the summer of 1965.


As any seasoned Horror fan will tell you, after a while you become desensitized to what you see on screen, instead of shock it can become background noise, it can also become predictable. What others may view as disturbing you see as hilarious (eg - "The Human Centipede"). 


As a seasoned Horror fan myself I was the same way. I will admit I was in 2 minds whether to watch this, it was recommended to me by a friend of mine who usually has bad taste in films, but I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did.




For the first time in a very long time I found myself squirming in my seat, being disgusted by what I was seeing and true compassion, sympathy and hatred for the characters. Something which is very rare for me to feel with today's Horrors.


When the film finished and the credits rolled I found myself sat in shock, whilst running through my head at what I just watched it struck me that this film had etched itself on my brain and had left a lasting impression on me. 




Were not talking zombies or toxic creatures here, where talking about the monster that lives in every human, that voice in the back of your head that you don't speak of aloud and never act on. Reality is much more terrifying fantasy and these characters will leave an impression on you.


If you are easily shocked then don't watch this film, I'm serious, it's not the faint hearted and easily queasy. If you truly want to be disgusted then this is your film.




To see the trailer for "The Girl Next Door" click here


Difference's from the novel
  • During the branding scene in the novel, the children take turns putting a letter on Meg's body.
  • During the rape scene in the novel, it is Donny who is raping Meg, not Willie Jr.
  • At the end of the novel when David makes his stand, he beats the children that enter the basement with Susan's crutch, and he pushes Ruth down the stairs killing her. In the movie, he beats Ruth over the head, killing her.
  • At the end of the novel, David gives Meg's mother's ring to Susan.
  • An intimate scene of forgiveness takes place at the end of the film between David and Meg that is present in the book. Meg tells him, "It's what you do last that really counts."

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