Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dead Girls

Director(s) - Neal Fischer (Moment) and Del Harvey (Blood Kin)
Starring - Jessica Galang (Can You Hear Me Now), Joseph Luis Caballero (The Dark Knight), and Rebecca Mullins (Divergent)
Release Date - 2014
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "Revenge never looked so good" and "Revenge is a bitch"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
     I love collecting movies.  I have collected movies since I was little when I would go out monthly to get the newest release of Goosebumps on VHS along with any other film that was released and caught my eye.  I soon moved from VHS to DVD around 1999 and never looked back.  I try to get any and every horror film I can but that is a huge task.  So many great indie horror flicks are released with little to no announcement before hand and they rarely find their ways into FYE, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target.  Lucky for me, I became friends with several indie distribution companies and one of which is Brain Damage/Midnight Releasing.  Not long ago Brain Damage Films sent me the anthology film Dead Girls to check out.  Thanks guys for sending this one my way.
      The film follows a young woman running through the woods from someone looking to do her harm.  She finds a home and enters where she finds three items that brings about three stories following women suffering.  The first tells the story about a young woman at a house party with her boyfriend when he catches him flirting.  She becomes infuriated and finds a man doing tattoos and has him give her one on her back.  He agrees and designs something for her and throws it on her back.  When she is done she goes into the basement and her boyfriend soon follows.  He is extremely drunk and forces himself on her against her will.  They scuffle and she hits her head on the wall killing her instantly.  Him and a friend puts her body in an old fridge and takes her under a bridge and tosses it out.  However, this is not the end of her.  She soon returns and seeks revenge.  The second tale follows an underclassmen pledging a sorority only to perish at the hands of a hazing ritual gone bad.  Soon she returns and kills those sorority sisters that ended her life prematurely.  The third and final tale follows a former nun who has turned to sex to earn her money.  She has been hitting the streets in her old nun uniform which has pissed off another prostitute.  She hires someone to take care of her but she refuses to stay dead.
     I've said it before and I'll say it until the day I die but you have to have a solid story that ties the segments together in a good anthology.  Creepshow had the comic angle and the sequel used the Creep very well.  Tales from the Crypt had the Crypt Keeper.  Dead Girls did a great job with establishing the wrap around story with the young girl searching the old home.  This was great and set the tone for the film.  The acting in this one was surprisingly well done.  Each segment really pulled the cast together and delivered some solid performances.  The entire cast is on the same page and no star shines brighter than the other.  Now, the stories for this one is an interesting concept featuring stories that follow young women who are murdered and return to kill those that done them wrong.  I enjoyed the concept the film tried to put together but it is a one trick pony so to speak.  The stories are all the same just taking place in a different back drop and the girls dying a different way.  Each tale is still fun but the stories lack originality which does take away from the overall film.  Finally, the film has several on screen kills.  These kills are weak and offer very little in the way of entertainment.  The practical effects are very weak which is why the kills are not that spectacular.  Overall, Dead Girls is an entertaining film.  The stories are the highlight of the film.  Sadly, they keep repeating themselves like a broken record.  This film is flawed but is still worth a late night watch.  Check it out.

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