Usually, the most terrifying stories are the ones that are true. The average "based on a true story" film can be quite disturbing if based on a real case. The Girl in the Box is one such film.
Made for the Lifetime cable channel and starring Zane Holtz (Richie from the Dusk till Dawn TV series) which tells the true story of Colleen Stan.
In 1977 Stan was hitchhiking to see her Freinds in California. She gets picked up by Cameron (Holtz) and Janice Hooker a normal couple at first glance who convince Colleen they want to go explore a few ice caves. They pull over and Cameron holds her at knife point while he fastens her head inside a big wooden box.
What then begins is 7 years of horror as Collen Stan is kept in a box under the couple's bed. She is tortured and raped on a daily basis. Cameron even convinces her to sign a slave contract stating he is part of the "Company" a powerful slave trade organization that will not only kill het, but her family as well.
She becomes so brainwashed over this time she doesn't even think about escaping. At one point Cameron even takes her to visit her family, and leaves her for a few days unattended. Due to her fears she says nothing and introduces Cameron as her boyfriend.
The film is facinating although it does suffer from restrictions as it was a made for tv film. Zane Holtz, however is so captivating as Cameron Hooker he holds everything together
It's hard to express, but his performance is so compelling as a mild mannered yet extremely disturbed individual you wonder why on Earth he did not receive an Emmy nod for his performance.
My only issue is the film ends with Colleen's escape, where as I would have liked to see it tell me more about how she readjusted to society. Then again there are books detailing that as well as the internet.
As made for cable films go this one is really good. Holtz's performance alone is reason to watch, and the story although true is something straight out of a horror film.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars