Faces of Terror 2018

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

The Girl Next Door

A teenage girl suffers unspeakable torture and abuse.

 

United States
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Animals: 
Snake
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Relative: 
Mother
Related
Sibling
6
It'll hurt your feelings
3.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
2
3
Dialogue
Plot
Performances
This film will either strike a sensitive cord or act as a therapy to victims of rape and violence. It is brutally honest in depicting such actions, and it is equally troubling since most of the actors are teenagers. It is the portrait of real-life horrors that occur behind closed doors. It’s a period piece. It takes place in the summer of 1965 but it could just as well happen today.
The violence isn’t that graphic, when you break it down, and most of the abuse is suggested by clever photography. Gregory Wilson, the director, makes all the right decisions. He’s got a tough script to work with. The script is adapted from a disturbing novel by Jack Ketchum. You can feel the depth of the novel, as you often do with adaptations, by the depth of the characters.
The woman, mother and aunt, is a drunk, a manipulator and a sadist. She thinks her actions are legitimized when they have a name. She speaks elegantly, as if she was writing a book. She likes the sound of her own voice. Most of the kids are rapists, which is completely surreal. This is a hostile environment for the two protagonists, who are secretly in love.
Alternate Titles: 
Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door
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