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The Girl Next Door

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregory Wilson
Produced by William M. Miller
Joseph B. Mauceri
Daniel Farrands
Philip Nutman
Written by Novel:
Jack Ketchum
Daniel Farrands
Philip Nutman
Narrated by William Atherton
Starring Daniel Manche
Blanche Baker
Blythe Auffarth
Madeline Taylor
Music by Ryan Shore
Cinematography William M. Miller
Editing by M.J. Fiore
Distributed by Starz!
Release date(s) October 3, 2007
Running time 97 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Girl Next Door is a 2007 film adaptation of the 1989 novel of the same name by Jack Ketchum. It is loosely based on the true story of the murder of Sylvia Likens.



Inspired by true events, this thriller set in 1958, viewed through the eyes of preteen David Moran (Daniel Manche), follows the story of two sisters: Meg Loughlin (Blythe Auffarth) and Susan Loughlin (Madeline Taylor). After their parents are killed in an accident, the two sisters move in with their aunt, Ruth Chandler (Blanche Baker), and her three sons, Willie Chandler Jr. (Graham Patrick Martin), Donny Chandler (Benjamin Ross Kaplan) and Ralphie 'Woofer' Chandler (Austin Williams). Aunt Ruth soon begins abusing the sisters, culminating in the physical torture and sexual abuse of Meg, who is imprisoned in the basement of a New Jersey suburb. Other children from the neighborhood join in the torture and do not report the crimes that have taken place.

Differences 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.
  • spoilers* At the end of the novel when David makes his stand, he beats the children that enter the baement with the cruch, and he pushed Ruth down the stairs
  • spoilers* At the end of the novel, David gives Meg's mother's ring to Susan



As of March 2010, rating at The Internet Movie Database was 7.0 from about 4,800 votes.[1] Reviews from critics were generally positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds a 69% "Fresh" rating.

Stephen King said about the movie, "The first authentically shocking American film I've seen since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer over 20 years ago. If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie. If, on the other hand, you are prepared for a long look into hell, suburban style, The Girl Next Door will not disappoint. This is the dark-side-of-the-moon version of Stand By Me."[2]


The music was composed by Ryan Shore.

See also

An American Crime, a more documentary telling of the Likens story, was scheduled for release at roughly the same time but not released until a Showtime premiere in mid-2008.


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