“The Girl Next Door” is a 2007 horror film directed by Gregory Wilson and starring Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Daniel Manche, William Atherton, and Amanda Swisten. The film follows the story of Meg Loughlin (Auffarth), an ordinary teenager who moves in next door to her new neighbor Ruth Chandler (Baker). As Meg begins to unravel the secrets of her new home and uncover the dark past that has been hidden within its walls for years, she soon discovers that Ruth may be far more than just an ordinary girl next door.
When Meg Loughlin moves with her family into their newly purchased house located in a suburban town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, she quickly becomes friends with their mysterious new neighbor – Ruth Chandler. Although no one knows much about what happened to make them move away from where they used to live or why they’re so secretive about it all, despite this strange behavior among neighbors, everyone seems content enough until late one night when someone attempts break-in in Meg’s house but fails due to some unknown force protecting them from harm – something supernatural perhaps? It isn’t long before meg starts experiencing ghostly visions, which lead her down a path toward discovering not only what happened to Ruth’s family in the past but, ultimately, the dark secrets that her new home is hiding.
Actors and Cast:
Blythe Auffarth plays Meg Loughlin, a shy yet brave teenage girl who moves into her new home with her family in an ordinary suburban town outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Blanche Baker stars as Ruth Chandler, their mysterious neighbor whose odd behavior begins to open up a world of secrets for Meg as she delves further into what has been hidden away from everyone else around them for years now. Daniel Manche appears as Jack Taylor – Meg’s love interest and confidant throughout much of the film, while William Atherton plays Dr. John Sharpe – the man who knows too much about what happened at this house before anyone knew it was even there; his involvement in all these events soon becomes clear when he reveals himself to be none other than Ruth’s father! Finally, Amanda Swisten rounds out our cast by playing Mrs. Chandler – the mother/guardian figure/caretaker type character seen throughout most parts of The Girl Next Door.
Themes & Analysis:
“The Girl Next Door” explores themes such as grief and loss; guilt over one’s own actions or lack thereof; fear (of the unknown, of one’s own mortality); and ultimately – redemption. As we watch Meg grapple with her own personal demons while trying to protect those around her from whatever might be lurking in the shadows of this new home, it becomes increasingly clear that even though she may never understand why these things are happening to her or what they could possibly mean; it is up to each individual person to find their own way through such darkness and come out on the other side a better person for having experienced it.
At its core, “The Girl Next Door” is a story about finding strength within oneself by facing our worst fears head-on, no matter how daunting or intimidating they may seem at first glance. It is about learning how sometimes all that stands between us and our true selves can be just one terrifying moment away from being discovered if only we allow ourselves enough courage in order to take that leap into uncharted territory without fear holding us back any longer. Though there are moments throughout this film which will undoubtedly leave some viewers feeling unnerved (or worse) due to its horror elements, overall, “The Girl Next Door” manages to provide an intriguing narrative as well as exceptionally good performances by all involved making this movie worth watching at least once!