The Girl Next Door - 2007

Discussion in 'General' started by shift, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. I like being shocked, frightened, horrified, or disgusted, but not angered. Reading about the story that inspired the book and the movie made me angry and I'm just not comfortable with that. Maybe I'll check this movie out sometime, but from what people here are saying it sounds like it's a powerful piece of art and I wonder if it could be too unsettling for me.
     
  2. I just saw this one on Saturday afternoon. Very powerful and disturbing. The author was at a con I went to two years ago, but I hadn't read any of his books, so I didn't bother to go over.
     
  3. drown021

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    I was suprised to see this at Best Buy last night but had to pick it up.I loved the book just because of the emotional response. Haven't watched it yet but will update when I do.
    I also p/u Night of the Demons 2 wich got me geeked also.
     
  4. drown021

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    I wasn't all that impressed with the movie. I was not expecting the same response I got from the book,but just so much was left out. I did'nt really get that feeling of caring for any of the characters. I am glad the movie got releasede and maybe get some more attention thrown towards Jack Ketchums work wich I like.

    As for p/u Night of the demons 2,I realized I already had it,awell.
     
  5. VincentPrice

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    I loved it. I was amazed at how good the movie was, I was expecting a pretty weak low-budget film and they seemed to make it look good all-around.

    And did anyone else notice that Mary Catharine Stewart played David's mom, I guess I missed her name in the credits.
     
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    booper71 Lord of the Thighs.

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    the evil beotch was played by the chick who was Molly Ringwalds sister in Sixteen Candles. My has she gotten haggard. :cry:
     
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    Hey! Maskull and Spacevis - it's IN the movie. :lol:

    Anyway, I watched it tonight, and can confirm it's a harrowing watch. It's yet another of those films that makes you say "they don't make them like that anymore". If this had come out in the 70's it would be hailed as an exploitation classic.

    The story is simple enough, crazy mother and her family lock up an adopted child in the basement for various bits of torture and humilialtion. As genre fans, and especially as viewings of the current crop of called called "torture porn" movies, this will sound somewhat familiar. So what's new?

    What's new here are in the inclusion of children into the story - both as victim and antagonists - and a dry nastiness where you know nothing good is going to come of the whole thing. Along with this we have the main culprit, and that's a woman. This film subverts cliche and expectation and makes all those supposed to be nurturers and turns them into depraved mad people, with no bottom to their limitless narcissism.

    Above all else, it's also very well made. Nothing is cheap and nasty here, the actors are good (the victim is great), and at times when other movies might have blinked, this one keeps right on rolling. It's explicit at times, but most of the horrors are off-camera, but such is the impact of the performances and script, that won't lessen the emotional impact of what you're seeing. There are definately times during this one when you question why you're watching it.

    But we watch them because we enjoy watching this darker side of thnigs, and appreciate the artistry it takes to truly make it work. Girl Next Door is very deserving of attention from horror fiends - especially those already blase about the whole torture thing...

    The overall effect is one of nastiness, meaness, and just plain evil. And the film is uncompromising. Using the lessons learned from the beginning of cinematic time, it's most often what you don't see that has the most affect.

    I'm going to recommend this one. Don't miss it. But be prepared for a heavy experience.
     
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    I thought about starting a new thread just for the "other" version of this story, An American Crime, but I figure one was enough. Anyway, American Crime is airing on HDNet Movies this weekend. It's the one with Ellen Page. Just like The Girl Next Door, it's a real gut punch. But hey, we're all home this weekend, and ya gotta give the Blu-Ray player a break, so why not tune in.
     

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