Saturday, 31 December 2011
DVD review: Deadgirl (2008)
Two high school boys, Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and J.T. (Noah Segan), discover an seemingly lifeless girl (Jenny Spain) in an abandoned mental asylum, she is chained to a trolley with plastic covering her body. She can't speak and looks weak and they soon discover that she cannot die. One wishes to set her free the other wants her to become his sex toy, JT promptly begins to satisfy his sickest and twisted sexual fantasies on the defenseless girl, but Rickie at least has some moral decency left. Soon the secret is leaked to others and from there things starts to spiral violently out of control. Deadgirl is directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel. The concept is as original as it is disturbing. The pacing is pretty slow but it´s all part of the build up and we get to know and care about the characters. The acting is pretty good but Noah Segan and Jenny Spain are the most memorable. The camerawork and editing is good, the scenes taking place in the abondoned mental asylum is suitably creepy and atmospheric.
Some might be put off by the topic or that it´s not a simple zombie film, there is not many cheap scares and thrills instead there is much more to it, it´s a study of human behavior gone bad....
The special fx are good and while there are some moments of gore and violence Deadgirl doesn't rely on it, it is instead a disturbing look into the human psyche.
Rating: 6 out of 7. Deadgirl was a nice surprise, been wanting to see it for a long time and wasn´t exactly sure what to expect. It´s weird, entertaining and disturbing and although it contains some blood and gore it´s main focus is character exploration. I think Deadgirl is well worth taking the time to watch this movie but beware, this is not a date movie!