Deadgirl

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When high school loners Rickie and J.T. come across a naked woman tied up in an abandoned mental institution, one might think their first reaction would be to get help, maybe call the police. Not so for these two, while Rickie thinks they should just leave her there, J.T. thinks it would be better to keep her around as their own personal sex slave. The one problem they might have, besides J.T. and his obvious moral and mental deficiencies, is the girl may have been tied down there for a very good reason, like being among the undead.

Aww, isn’t it cute when two living humans rape and terrify one of my undead sisters. Yeah, I bet you’d think that you sickos. We don’t sexually abuse you when we attack do we, no we just tear you limb from limb and eat every last bit of flesh we can get from your still warm bodies. Okay, maybe that is kind of terrifying for a human to do through, but still, at least there’s no sexual stuff. You living humans are a bunch of sick wack jobs, at least you taste good.

The movie of the day starts off with Rickie and J.T., two high school losers with no future, ditching school to go check out an old mental institution that hasn’t been used in years. While exploring the cavernous facility they end up lost in the labyrinth of tunnels underneath the building and come across a naked woman locked behind a door that looks as if it hasn’t been opened in fifty years. The two argue for a bit about what to do with the woman, with J.T. ultimately convincing Rickie to leave him alone with the strapped down woman for the night. Only hours later Rickie is called back to the place due to J.T.’s startling discovery, the intended sex slave is dead, may have been dead for a while in fact, but she hasn’t stop moving yet. While Rickie still feels it’s wrong to abuse the woman in such a way, J.T. feels that since she’s dead anyway, there’s no harm in using her in whatever way they want. J.T.’s lack of a conscious quickly spirals out into other areas of his life, and he begins to lose touch with any aspect of his humanity. Now, as J.T. and Rickie run toward a final confrontation with each other, only one thing is certain, nobody will walk away from this one with a clean soul.

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{Our poor and unfortunate Deadgirl is in for a sickening time}

This has to easily be one of my favorite zombie films, and the thing about this movie is the zombie isn’t even the main focus of the film’s story. Deadgirl focuses more on the depravity each of us is capable of in the right situation, and the social stigmas people find themselves sometimes stuck inside of. The main characters are all people born on the wrong side of the tracks so to speak, and the weight of being social outcasts sometimes seems too much to bear for our sad protagonists. It is for this reason that J.T. feels he owes nothing to morality and dips into the lowest levels of depravity, believing himself to be of substandard human stock. Yet Rickie, his best friend, feels that for the same reasons J.T. considers himself lost to the bottom heap of mankind, he must work to rise above his conditions and become something even better. They both struggle with the same lack of self-worth, yet react in completely opposite ways combating their feelings of worthlessness.

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{J.T. and Rickie consider their find}

The effects are great (one scene involving human intestines and a toilet was particularly disturbing), the acting is top notch (both Segan and Fernandez are amazing), and the story is deep, emotional, and riveting. I found myself completely sucked in to the movie, constantly wondering what was going to happen next, and constantly being put off balance by the twist and turns the characters throw our way. The ending is amazing and adds a new level to the social commentary that stays very prevalent throughout the film, something that has to be seen to be fully absorbed. I can’t think of a single thing that was done wrong in this entire film to be quite honest and though it might seem that I have little to say concerning the effects and action; trust me, they are great and only help further along what is already an amazing film, but what truly stands out is the story. It is simply so well written and goes to such great lengths in its play not just on morality but how our standing in life can sometimes effect that very morality. It’s hard to describe how far this film will suck you in, leaving you a quivering mess by the time it’s over.

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{This is sadly not the worst our Deadgirl will look by film’s end}

My opinion, don’t miss this movie. It’s a one of kind hit in a genre that doesn’t steer off the beaten path too often.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Marcel Sarmiento (Heavy Petting) and Gadi Harel (Nights Like These, Operation Midnight Climax)

Starring: Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood, Evil Dead {2013}) and Noah Segan (All About Evil, Cabin Fever 2)

Released By: Hollywoodmade and Dark Sky Films

Release Year: 2008

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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2 Responses to Deadgirl

  1. Dan O. says:

    Such a strange and disturbed movie. And while it worked by doing that, the characters just weren’t interesting enough to carry it along. Good review.

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    • Thank you Dan. I enjoyed Segan and Fernandez’s performance though. I thought they were a huge part of why the film worked. I can agree that some of the extra characters (such as Segan’s friends) were a bit flat and didn’t add as much as they should have.

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