Nicolas Gessner's The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane from 1976 was written by Laird Koenig, who also wrote the 1974 novel of the same name on which the film was based.
Indecorously overlooked, The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane is a Frankenstein monster of a film comprised of elements of horror, mystery, drama, and romance. Jodie Foster—who won a Saturn Award for best actress for her part in this movie—takes on the core role of the film, and gives a first-rate performance alongside Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. While it contains close-to-no gore and is permeated with scenes of nothing but dialogue—which some people might find boring, it has an astronomically arresting plot and is a film that makes incredibly good use of suspense and atmosphere, irreproachably capturing the isolating and breathtaking spirits of autumn and winter.
It didn't blow me away, but I definitely didn't feel like I wasted my time. This is just another chunk from the vomit of horror excellence spewed from the mouth of Canada.