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Unrated Director's Cut
Actors: Michael Bowen, Noah Segan, Candice Accola, Shiloh Fernandez
Director: Marcel Sarmiento;Gadi Harel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
You never forget your first time... — From the producer of HELLRAISER and HEATHERS — Daringly original and genre-busting, Deadgirl is an odyssey into the soul of our alienated youth that takes the conventions of the horror a... more »
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Robert B. (rbrown) from STARKVILLE, MS
Reviewed on 4/22/2013...
Perplexing film about two high school boys who, while skipping school one afternoon, find a dead girl, naked and chained to a table, in a remote corner of the basement of an abandoned mental hospital. In this instance, though, “dead” is a subjective term, as the girl keeps moving even after having had her neck broken and being shot three times by one of the boys. Still, being teenage boys, one of them sees the sexual possibilities inherent in the situation and things rapidly get a) out of hand and b) disgusting. While I really wanted to like the film, I never felt as engaged with the story as I wanted to be. The blame for this falls on the directors more than on the screenwriter–-I get the feeling that they wanted the film’s tone to be seen as “intense,” when in actuality it comes much closer to being seen as “languid.” The screenwriter doesn’t escape all blame, though, as the film takes out a full-page newspaper ad announcing the ending about 75 minutes in. Although I hate to say it, DEADGIRL ends up being pretty forgettable.
James B. (wandersoul73) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 3/4/2010...
Ok, I did enjoy this movie, but my problems with it were the fact that it never tells any back story on this 'deadgirl'. And yes, it has plenty of jaw-dropping-images, but it doesn't really live up to all the hype for me, sorry.
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Jasmine K. (jazztastic) from SCRANTON, PA
Reviewed on 10/3/2009...
This movie is amazing! I won the Unrated Director's Cut in a contest and I absolutely love this film. Shiloh Fernandez is great as Rickie and Noah Segan is just plain creepy as JT. Rickie and JT are two high school pals who ditch school during a fire drill and go off to explore an abandoned mental hospital. What they find in the basement is the Deadgirl(Jenny Spain). Discovering that she's not quite dead and not quite alive, JT decides to use her for his own sick pleasure. Rickie freaks, but says nothing. I won't say anything more, so as not to spoil it, but all I can say is I love Deadgirl.
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Brilliant, disturbing and original!!
Horror Master | Columbus, OH | 07/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Despite the few plotholes concerning the end of the film, this movie is a very different, very unsettling and a very well acted breath of fresh air to the horror genre. Jenny Spain puts on a remarkable performance in her silent role and the leads were very well cast. I just finished watching the film not 10 minutes ago and the final creepy frame of the movie is stuck in my head and I'm sure will do the same to anyone who sees it. If you're bored with today's watered down PG-13 crap that Hollywood calls "horror", check this film out."
Peter A. Roberts | 08/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a dark movie that is unlike any you've seen before, pushing over a previously untransgressed line-- immediately appealing to me. This is not a standard scare-flick with basic characters, but depicts how far young men will deviate from the norms of behavior when it comes to the object of their desire. This is a rewarding and highly memorable trip down a rabbit hole to a dark land of horror. The dead girl herself is a stunning presence, and the sound environment is unnerving. If you are into horror, dark fantasy, and taboo subjects, it's essential viewing. There's no over-explanation through obvious exposition, so there is an air of mystery and unknowing throughout the movie. It is like a surreal element dropped into high-school life that spreads a poison through it, though that poison comes from the minds of the boys, and the dead girl is just a catalyst, though a dangerous one! I'm looking forward to putting this in the DVD player for guests, unsuspecting or otherwise!"
Outside The Box? The Box Was Destroyed!
Brian Lueth | Chicago, IL United States | 09/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't say this often but I loved everything about this film, from concept down to execution. It wasn't without its flaws but I'm not going to waste any words on them because I want you to see this, whether you rent or purchase. With as many remakes as some of us pay to see, it's about damn time we spend some loot on something truly original, that's what we're always whining about, isn't it? Not enough originality?
I'm not going to waste your time blathering on about the subtext, I have no idea whether it was intentional or not but there's certainly something there for those interested in reading between the lines, I mean males treating a female like nothing more than a sex toy and punching bag (read: object) screams "deeper meaning." Really though, it's flat-out disturbing, unique and I'll be darned if it didn't put me on edge in a major way. Fact is...the dead girl scared the crap outta me with her growling, snapping and bloodthirsty glare.
This is one hell of a powerful horror film and, not to diminish anything Trent Haaga has done before this but, without a doubt this is Haaga's best work yet. Am I gushing? If I am, it's because I was really excited to see this flick and I wasn't disappointed. I was disturbing, scared and, sorry folks, even a wee bit aroused. This could just be written off as misogynistic fanboy fantasy fodder but I saw so much more; a breath of fresh air in a stale, rip-off riddled zombie sub-genre. If you're a zombie fan, purchase this. If you just love original horror, purchase this. I for one cannot wait to hit the store for this gem."