"Gardens Of The Night" tells the story of Leslie, a small girl, who was abducted on her way to school and later raised by the kidnappers. The story is told in flashbacks. Viewers get a first hand look at what happens to the children whose pictures are found on the back of the milk cartons.
Now, here's a tip. If you are the sensitive type, be prepared to be extremely disturbed. Viewers are calling this movie dark, gritty and down right depressing.
Tom Arnold plays a convincing kidnapper and makes the viewer hate him as they witness the systematic brainwashing the child endures.
The movie has themes of violence, sex abuse of a child and sex trafficking.
Here are a few real life stories that are similar to the movie:
Tara Burke was abducted in 1982 at the age of three. Tara was kept in a van with two abductors and an 11-year-old Vietnamese boy, who had also been abducted. She was reunited with her parents 10 months later. Tara Burke, who also loves butterflies like Leslie in the movie, could have been the model for Leslie's character.
Steven Stayner was abducted in 1972 at the age of seven while walking home. He escaped from his abductor, Kenneth Parnell in 1980. The movie "I Know My First Name Is Steven" is based on this case.
The movie is also said to have inspired a murder. According to court records, Michael Rafferty, a man convicted in the murder of Victoria "Tori" Stafford, downloaded "Gardens Of The Night" about two weeks before her abduction and murder. A movie about Karla Homolka was also found on his laptop computer.
The movie is available online on Netflix.