Monday, December 4, 2017

Deadgirl (2008)

Deadgirl is a charming little coming of age tale about two boys, Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and J.T. (Noah Segan) finding their first girlfriend. They actually find her naked and tied up in the basement of an old abandoned mental hospital.

While Rickie wants to release the poor girl (Jenny Spain), J.T. decides that the only right thing for a teenage boy to do is keep her tied up and use her as his personal sex slave.

Oh, and it seems that she's also a really well-preserved zombie.

This is probably one of the most unusual living dead films I've ever seen, although the Deadgirl herself is not the main focus of the story. That honor goes to the twisted "buddy story" where one friend finds his dark side and the other still needs to find his testicles. The buddy story turns into the buddy system when more teenage boys are invited down into the basement to join the party. Inevitably, many of them wind up dead or undead.

It is a beautifully shot film and all of the characters, including the deadgirl, are very believable considering the situation they are in. The film has the flavor of River's Edge in the what-do-you-do-when-your-friend-does-something-really-bad kind of way. I think that's what I found most unsettling about the whole story, moreso because there have been actual cases of kids staying quiet about dead people - and not the reanimated kind of corpse.

The film gets very dark and serious, but there are a handful of scattered scenes that lighten the mood a bit from time to time. There is a lot of sexual content and a good dose of violence... it's just not for the squeamish.

It was also a much better film than I thought it was going to be. Usually when I see the words "sex slave" and "dead" in the same sentence on a film description, I start thinking it will be something silly along the lines of Frankenhooker.  I was extremely pleased to find that I was wrong.

Film information: Deadgirl


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