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THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (1976) – Episode 145 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“I think I should warn you that the police are watching our house right this very minute, Mr. Hallet.” You know, keeping an eye out for creepy dudes like you, Mr. Hallett.  Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they wonder at Jodie Foster’s performance in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 145 – The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

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13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is Bill’s pick and for him, the film is worth a watch just for Jody Foster’s and Martin Sheen’s performances, describing the then 13-year-old Foster as having a presence and confidence achieved by few and Sheen as displaying his considerable talent for playing creepy. Chad agrees that The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is creepy, disturbing, and very well-acted, and he loves the ending even though it’s cringeworthy. The nude scene is unnecessary in Jeff’s view, but he is impressed with the number of taboos included in the story. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane made a huge impression on Doc at a young age, especially the whole almond thing. He’s also impressed by the pacing and loves Jodie Foster’s performance, calling the last scene a classic. Maybe it is redundant to reiterate (see what I did there?) that your 70s Grue-Crew is unanimously gah-gah over this film. 

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is currently available to stream from Shudder and Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from Kino Lorber. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be a film chosen by Chad, Messiah of Evil (1973). 

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.