Published Sep 11, 2008With the current horror climate being what it is, featuring explicit French carnage, Saw-inspired gore fests, toothed vaginas and nude women masturbating with the blood of teenage girls, it seems kind of silly to make a film specifically to shock and offend the masses.
In fact, with such a desensitized audience, the question of intent will inevitably stumble to the surface, as gratuitous and offensive subject matter alone will not tide people over.
In the case of Deadgirl, there appears to be little sub-textual intent outside of unrelenting misogyny for the sake of being politically incorrect, or perhaps as some commentary on how similar men are to dogs. It is a film that explores the comedy of rape, which as we all know, is a real laugh riot.
Deadgirl opens with Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segen) reflecting on how every other guy in the school is apparently a "faggot or a "homo or a "queer while they skip school to be alone with each other in an abandoned hospital. While Rickie is supposed to be the grounded and mature character and JT the unstable one, they each demonstrate outwardly vile characteristics as they smash their way into the hospital and destroy everything they can get their hands on.
Once they move their pent up frustrations to some underground tunnels, they discover the chained up body of a nude and seemingly dead girl (Jenny Spain), who eventually shows signs of life. Instead of untying the girl and taking her to a hospital, JT decides to keep her as a pet and repeatedly rape her, regardless of Rickies pleas to set her free.
Since Rickie decides against going to the police, JT continues to rape and eventually mutilate the chained zombie woman, with the help of the resident pothead, Wheeler (Eric Podnar). Once her vagina proves too dry and used up to fornicate with, the boys turn to infected bullet-holes in her torso for personal release.
There is really nothing to redeem this poorly written trash-heap of a film outside of a minor look at how these young men seem to protect and fight over their sperm receptacle in a way thats similar to how dogs protect their food. (Hollywoodmade)