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Graphic, gruesome, loosely based on actual events
on June 16, 2016
Probably the most disturbing movie I have ever seen. I had read John Dean's House of Evil: The Indiana Torture Slaying, which is a nonfiction telling of this case (I highly recommend this book, available on Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/House-Evil-Indiana-Torture-Slaying/dp/0312946996/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466120816&sr=8-1&keywords=house+of+evil) without realizing that that this movie was based on the same crimes. The Girl Next Door is based on the torture and murder of this girl, but many details have been changed and the some events in the movie are much more disturbing than what is known to have actually happened, which was already pretty disturbing. The movie is not as gratuitous as The Human Centipede or Hostel with the torture, they don't actually show everything through to fruition, but the implications and the results that you do see, along with the fact that it is a mother encouraging her children to rape and mutilate a teenage girl that the mother tied up in the basement, and the mother herself severely mutilates the girl, is pretty disturbing.
The acting was actually pretty good considering what the actors had to do, and by the end of it, I found myself wanting to torture the mother who was responsible. She made the character just as hateable as that role needed to be. Some of the younger children did not sell their roles as well, but this is incredibly difficult material for young children to be able to perform. Overall, it is worth watching, but is definitely not something for your kids to watch.