Directed by: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel
Starring: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice Accola
There are some movies that are intentionally disturbing because they want to illicit certain emotions in the audience, make them uncomfortable. At their best, these films are not for everyone, and not even those who are fans of some will be fans of all of them. At their worst, they’re just a horrible pile of the worst humanity has to offer, and the audience starts assuming that the filmmakers actually don’t realize what they’re doing is wrong. Deadgirl is the latter.
Two teens, while out hooliganing around and being general rakehells, find a woman in the basement of an abandoned mental hospital who is tied down and apparently can’t speak or die. Being teenage boys, they immediately start fucking her after school, and make money off of selling her body to their classmates. One of them thinks this is kinda bad, the other has no concept whatsoever that anything is wrong, and they get into fights about it for the rest of the film. Some bullies find out about it and one gets his dick bitten off by the girl and he dies but nobody seems to care, and there’s this whole thing about the good guy being in love with the bully’s girlfriend… In the end everybody dies, like in all good coming-of-age dramas.
That’s the problem, Deadgirl is clearly trying to be a grim, uncomfortable story that gets to the center of teenage lust and exposes it as a bloodthirsty monster… but I’m not really sure where they’re getting that from. At no point does anybody in this film really react like a normal human would to the rape and murder of all these people, and that humanity is what separates a drama from a horror film. If they were trying to make this movie truly horrible, they need to work to make the characters seem as real and normal as possible, and hell, that’s a bonus for making horror films as well. Instead it’s just about remorselessly violent and awful people raping a girl in a basement and the moral at the end is that there was no reason you should’ve watched it.