THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, the film adapted from the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name finally comes to DVD on December 4th, 2007 courtesy of Anchor Bay/Starz Entertainment. The film stars Blanche Baker, Blythe Auffarth and Madeline Taylor, and was directed by Gregory Wilson from a script by Daniel Farrands (who first mentioned the project in our FRIGHT exclusive interview a few years back!) and Phil Nutman. Stephen King says, it’s "The first authentically shocking American film I’ve seen since Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer over 20 years ago." Check out the DVD front cover artwork and specs below, as well as a link to our Dan Farrands interview.


Anchor Bay Entertainment, a Starz Home Entertainment company and leader in classic horror DVD , will release the hard-hitting, critically acclaimed true-life shocker Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door on December 4th.

Like Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean R. Koontz, Jack Ketchum is one of the premier, best-selling horror writers of his time. His 1989 book “The Girl Next Door” was no exception. This harrowing true story of betrayal, violence and terror in a typical 1950s neighborhood, is all the more shocking because it actually happened.


Orphans Meg (Blythe Auffarth, Keeping the Faith) and her disabled sister Susan (Madeline Taylor, in her screen debut) are held captive by their distant aunt Ruth (Emmy®-Award winner Blanche Baker), a tormented and sadistic woman rapidly going insane. Ruth’s madness has infected her three sons, as well as the entire neighborhood. Only 12-year-old David (Daniel Manche, “As the World Turns”) stands between Meg and Susan and what threatens to be their protracted and torturous deaths.

Love and compassion collide head on with lust and evil, in a story of relentless suspense and intensity.


In addition to newcomers Manche, Auffarth and Taylor, the film’s talented cast includes Baker (“Holocaust,” Sixteen Candles, Underdogs), William Atherton (Die Hard, Ghostbusters, The Pelican Brief), Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet), Grant Show (“Melrose Place,” “Six Feet Under”) and Tony®-Award winner Kevin Chamberlin (“Heroes,” Lucky Number Slevin, Road to Perdition).


This controversial film shocked and stunned audiences and critics alike. “Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door is powerful, dark, and ugly” said BloodyDisgusting. Michael Gingold, of Fangoria, said that “there’s no denying its power. (The film’s) greatest strength is the naturalism and sympathy of Manche and Auffarth’s performances … and Baker’s quietly ferocious turn.” House of Horrors stated that the film “went to levels of offensiveness that rivaled films like Imprint or Hostel.”


No less an authority than best-selling author Stephen King advised: “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."


Like many Anchor Bay releases, Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door will include an extensive selection of bonus features including:


  • Audio commentary with Director Gregory Wilson, Producer Andrew van den Houten, and Cinematographer/Co-Producer William M. Miller
  • Audio commentary with Novelist Jack Ketchum and Screenwriters Daniel Farrands and Philip Nutman
  • Interviews with Cast & Crew
  • Exclusive Documentary: The making of The Girl Next Door
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Screenplay (DVD-Rom)

Pre-Order it on Amazon.com!

And check out our interview with screenwriter DAN FARRANDS where he talks about THE GIRL NEXT DOOR for the first time publically! (Click on the frame and it will open in a new window!)


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