The Girl Next Door Review
Written by: Meh
Every once in awhile I get to see a horror movie that reminds me that the horror genre isnt all about blood and gore but can from time to time rely on outstanding story telling, great acting and a true story that will scare you to your core. The Girl Next Door is Stand by Me meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre only rather then having a masked monster the evil is much scarier, its children and a psychotic aunt that do the kiling. This movie is the closest I have ever come to giving a horror movie a 10. The story goes like this.
Suburbia in the 1950's. A nice quiet simpler time to grow up -unless you count the McCarthy trials and red-scares and the shadow of the Bomb and the Cold War, unless you could see the dark side emerging. And on a quiet tree-lined dead-end street, in the dark damp basement of the Chandler house, it's emerging big-time for teenage Meg and her crippled sister Susan -whose parents are dead now, who are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant Aunt who is rapidly descending into madness.
It is a madness that infects all three of her sons -and finally an entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make. Between love and compassion, and lust and evil.
The movie based on Jack Ketchum's book is based on a true story. I know the true story and can say that for the most part the novel is true to the story. There are some omissions and alterations but its not like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre where they say its based on a true story and you know full well 1% is true. In this case the movie is at least 80% true. It is one of the most moving horror movies I have ever seen. It scares you right to your core and frankly made me seriously want to weep for the victim of this movie a poor innocent girl who is tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of young pre-teens and their Aunt.
This movie is the true story of a neighbourhood of youths and one evil woman that murdered a young girl. It uses the JAWS effect by not showing alot of the elements to let your imagination go wild, but also showing you just enough to let you know just how evil this event was. The Girl Next Door is without a doubt the most moving and disturbing horror movie I have seen in years and is a MUST buy for anyone who loves true horror. It is an inner look at the evil that is in human nature and how a group of pre-teens can be led to torture a girl to death. This is a new favorite of mine and the way the story was told is truly moving and emotional. This is the first true horror movie that is very close to the true story and is done in a fashion that is non-exploitive, truly terrifying and also very moving. As I said an absolute must buy!