Runtime: 1 hr 41 min
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel
Starring: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen, Candice Accola, Andrew DiPalma, Eric Podnar, Nolan Gerard Funk
The best horror film I’ve seen since Drag Me to Hell.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
Deadgirl is sick. So sick that I almost feel a little ashamed in recommending it. The same thing happened when I saw (and liked) the Hostel films. People looked at me like I had some explaining to do. I maintain that these movies aren’t entirely without redeeming values. They address real social issues, and Deadgirl could be viewed as a metaphor for the madness of Abu Ghraib. It’s definitely gross, but it’s also an exemplary piece of low-budget filmmaking – the best horror film I’ve seen since Drag Me to Hell.
The plot is ghost-story spooky. It requires that you accept the characters are capable of going as far as they go. Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and J.T. (Noah Segan) are two lower-class kids who ditch school one day and break into an abandoned mental hospital. There, in a subterranean chamber, they make a shocking discovery: a beautiful, naked, chained-up woman (Jenny Spain). Rickie’s first instinct is to go get help, but J.T. suggests maybe “we could keep her.” What happens next is a little more than disquieting.
One thing I like about Deadgirl is that the girl remains a mystery. We know she can’t be killed – J.T. does things to her that would end the life of any normal human being. And we know that she’s evil. But the movie never reveals who she is or where she came from. Exposition is the death of suspense, and the filmmakers wisely avoid explaining too much.
Fernandez and Segan both create believable teens. Fernandez is especially moving during the climax, as Rickie struggles to hold onto his last shred of decency. Spain delivers a terrifying performance in what must have been a very trying and unpleasant filming experience.
This movie is so extreme it can make your jaw drop. Here’s a line I won’t soon forget: “We gotta get some lube or something in there – she is just bone dry.” Are teens capable of doing this, of repeatedly raping a tied-up woman in an underground cell? You tell me. Was Lyndy England capable of doing what she did?