After many encounters with her cousins who he is great friends with, he begins to notice horrible things from Aunt Ruth. Harrowing things, horrifying things, and appalling things. Things you wouldn't tell anyone and that is exactly what little David did. I dare not reveal too much about this film. Seeing as how many reviews give away vital information and how I went in knowing nothing, the effect is indeed granded. While being highly disturbing, the film does come short in necessary categories. The ending was missing a lot. It's one of those films that get caught up in the climax and don't give a shit about the resolution.
The amazing thing about this film is how well it captures the heart of a child. Playing with bugs, focusing on childish violence and playing in the woods are only the physical depictions of this visual maturity. Perhaps Jack Ketchum is recalling a personal experience, similar to that of the director of Summer Scars. Games are the main thing at hand, and of course pornography. So curious, but children's minds are incredibly malleable. We soon find this out as David's closest friends become apart of this sick and twisted game.
The Girl Next Door takes pride in watching you squirm. Do not expect a happy ending from this narcissistic, voyeuristic film. This is yet another film that seems to try to teach you how "ladies" should act. Of course, it is seen as the "wrong theme" of the film but it is pushed too much and too frequent". All in all, this is a good film that makes you feel a hell of a lot, but it doesn't make it an amazing cinematic achievement. Surburbia hell and hairspray hasn't been this fun since Blue Velvet.