Five new wayward students who possess supernatural skills rebel against a father and a demonic headmistress of an all girls Catholic school. -In the style of TV?s "Charmed" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -Featuring Ron P... more »erlman (Hellboy, Hellboy 2)« less
"Years ago, Ron Perlman (who is a priest in this movie) was a teacher at a Catholic school. One very good Catholic girl was doing her schoolwork in a classroom, when suddenly and completely without explanation she was carried away by supernatural forces. Flash forward to the present. The school has been re-opened, and is being run by a wicked (yet really hot) headmistress. Ron Perlman is back as the priest, and five new girls are dumped in this place by their uncaring parents. All the girls have supernatural powers, they're also delinquents, and their parents are glad to be rid of them. As the story progresses, we start seeing the ghost of the girl who disappeared earlier, and of course the girls are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. A very satisfying amount of supernatural mayhem ensues.
The good: Acting is excellent, the script is witty, and the mystery is solved in a very satisfying manner. It's a bit easy to figure out (even I figured it out before the secret was revealed), but the story isn't very predictable. There's lots of action, and even the special effects are quite good. Overall it's a great effort. Though the trailer for this movie makes it look steamy and sleazy, that's actually a fairly small part of what goes on. The movie is almost completely concerned with the story. Though you do get some girls in their undies, a spanking scene, and a topless scene. And lets not forget some lesbian kissing.
The bad: The soundtrack. This is supposedly in 5.1, but it sounds like mono sent to the center and two front speakers. If you sit anywhere but precisely in front of your TV, it has the effect of making the whole soundtrack seem as if it's coming from either your right or left speaker. I listened to the whole movie through my right front speaker. That's just really bad. Also, the movie really seems to drag towards the last part of the middle portion. The finale is quite exciting, but about 3/4rs of the way through it seems that the mystery has been sufficiently explored and it's time to get on with the conclusion. But the middle part just goes on and on. I had to check the DVD case to make sure this movie wasn't 120 minutes long, but no, it's just 90 something.
Overall, I'd recommend this to horror fans. It's certainly not a cheesy B-movie, but a polished and professional effort, only tarnished by the crappy soundtrack."
M. Haynes | Derby,UK | 12/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought 5ive Girls because I am a horror fanatic and I've been striking out recently looking for low budget movies for a change instead of the big budget ones like some of this years that have really missed their mark.
5ive Girls does what it says on the tin, introduces you to 5 lovely ladies each with a uniquie gift trapped in a Catholic school for unruly girls. Governed by a sadistic headmistress, watched over by our very own lovable Reverend Ron Perlman and of chased by a rather nasty Demon.
The storyline is excellent for a low budget and each member of the cast is adorable in their own way giving sterling performances as they are chased through the dark corridoors, turning on each other one by one in a bid to survive the unknown entity hellbent on taking them all to straight to purgatory!
I enjoyed this movie. it's not too intense but gripping enough for you to stay with it to it's not so predictable conclusion.
Give it a go. :)"
Angela J. Wackler | 04/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great movie, lots of action, never a dull moment and I was left wanting more."
Decent horror movie
Robert Robinson | El Paso, Texas United States | 12/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't over analyze this movie, just sit back and watch it. It moves fast, no endless track of characters to keep track of, no monologues that go on endlessly, no flood of useless information. It's a fun movie, not a study in the dark arts."
"Be careful with hope. It's a trick the devil will play on y
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 10/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Come on, people. Satanic rituals, demonic possession, telekinesis, witchcraft, cute Catholic schoolgirls - that's a solid foundation for a horror movie right there. Admittedly, the plot isn't a perfectly healthy specimen, but I enjoyed 5ive Girls. A lot of people seem to view this film as a The Craft wannabe, but I don't see any substantive connection between the two films - apart from the occult overtones and the fact that both stories revolve around a cast of teenaged girls. Like most horror films, 5ive Girls does borrow here and there from films that have come before, but I think it succeeds in establishing its own identity.
St. Mark's School for Girls used to be a well-respected private school - until one of its students disappeared under extremely unusual circumstances. We know what happened because it makes up the opening scene of the movie. Elizabeth (Krysta Carter), an especially faithful young woman, was attacked by no less a demon than Legion himself - and Father Drake (Ron "the Beast" Perlman), who may have liked Elizabeth a little too much, was powerless to help her. The school soon closed in the wake of the tragedy - but now, five years later, it has reopened. Sort of, anyway. Under the harsh discipline of Headmistress Miss Pearce (Amy Lalonde), who even seems to have Father Drake by the cojones, it now serves as a sort of reform school for wayward girls. Apparently, the best way to control an unruly teenager is through intense Latin instruction. Who knew?
The entire student body consists of a mere five girls, all of them dropped off by parents eager to get rid of them. Apart from the fact that they really aren't bad girls at all, the five have something else in common - each one has a paranormal gift. Alex (Jennifer Mille) can move things when she's emotional (plus she has the ability to be extremely hot at all times), Leah (Barbara Mamabolo) can walk through certain objects (although we never see her do it), Mara (Jordan Madley) can heal people, Cecilia (Terra Vnesa) can see things in her mind despite the fact that she's blind, and Connie (Tasha May) - actually, I don't know what Connie's gift is (she can whine with the best of them, but that's probably not it). Anyway, it doesn't take long for the girls to figure out that there is something very wrong with the place. For one thing, Alex keeps hearing disembodied voices and seeing what can only be the ghost of a former student wandering around. With a headmistress like Miss Pearce and weird shenanigans going on all over the place, it doesn't take long for the girls to bond with each other - and that's a good thing because before you can say a dozen Hail Marys, they find themselves battling Legion. Boy, it's a good thing they've got a giant priest around to protect them - or maybe not.
The plot is sort of patched together with spit and gum in a few places, but it manages to hold up pretty well until the end. With all of the action taking place within the confines of a large and somewhat creepy school building, the film maintains a decently disquieting atmosphere, but none of the slightly cheesy special effects are going to knock you for a loop. It's a little difficult to accept Ron Perlman in the role of a priest, but the acting is pretty good up and down the line. The story even manages to keep a couple of plot points pretty close to the vest until the closing moments. 5ive Girls will probably appeal more to the younger segment of horror fans, but I quite enjoyed watching it. Did I mention the five cute Catholic schoolgirls?"