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I have to point out straight away that not only does Dead Girl contain some really harrowing scenes but it also examines very closely the psyche of teenage boys. It ponders the question, surely not?! It leaves the viewer sickened, not only because of the content but also because of the obvious flaws in the story.
Two teenage boys Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and J.T (Noah Segan) cut school for the day and wind up in an old abandoned mental hospital. In the basement they stumble across a naked woman, in chains and covered in plastic. Seemingly dead…or is she? The boys have to decide what to do with their discovery and although Ricki wants to do the right thing, J.T has other plans, now I’ll leave these plans to your imagination but if you come up with the right scenario then I suggest a quick trip to the psychiatrist is in order!
I am appalled at how the characters behave and whenever I thought the film had reached the most degrading place imaginable, it managed to stoop even lower. I am more appalled however at the lack of explanation, where did the girl come from? Who had put her there? How had she sustained herself? None of these questions are answered and I have the feeling that Dead Girl is just a nasty story of debauchery which was never fully thought out.
The acting and direction are fine and Noah Segan portrays the repellent J.T very well. Dead Girl is impressive to look at and the atmosphere is captured superbly. Although I am a lover of Horror and don’t shock easily. The subject matter of this film is too unsavoury and disturbing even for me and for that reason I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Of course I now know that I have just encouraged many of you to give it a whirl, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!!
DEADGIRL (2008). Directors: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel (co director). Writer: Trent Haaga. Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen, Candice Accola, Andrew DiPalma, Eric Podnar, Nolan Derard, Jenny Spain.
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