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Deadgirl, WTF?

Updated on February 25, 2012
Deadgirl (2008)
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Just finished watching Deadgirl (2008)… maybe I should say re-watching, considering I had to watch it twice to really understand how I feel about it. The premise is pretty unusual and kind of sickening, but deserves acknowledgement for its departure from the norm. When Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan), childhood friends from a small town, discover an undead girl (aka “Deadgirl”) in an abandoned insane asylum they are confronted with a deep question of morality. The story takes some interesting twists and turns ultimately leaving me with more questions than answers. Even the question of, “Did I even like this movie?”

1. Okay, you found an undead girl in the basement… now what? Immediately I think I’d just call the police. The last thing I’d want to do is touch her; “Deadgirl” looks mostly dead, is chained up to a bed and completely naked. In most films I usually question most characters’ reactions to situations and in this film I really had to question. Would a 17 year-old boy first reach out to touch her breast? Then again it isn’t unlike movies to require the audience to practice a temporary suspense of disbelief.

2. Ridiculous – from WTF to LOL. At times ridiculousness, or rather stupidity, of characters infuriated me and I almost wanted to stop the movie. But again, I can forgive the stupidity of characters and accept that it moves the plot forward. Further down the road though, the ridiculousness of the movie goes beyond the simple intelligence of characters. Fortunately, Deadgirl falls right into the ridiculousness in a way that’s hilarious and gets me to forgive it now and again.

3. Now, what have we learned? People are really stupid. In a way that’s so mind-boggling that it isn’t funny anymore. By the end of the film it is unquestionable how idiotic people actually are in this film, and the final lines of dialogue really solidify this for me. While the ending was pretty interesting, and somewhat unexpected, it left me feeling annoyed. For a couple of reasons, one being that the character, Rickie, apparently learned nothing in this movie. Another reason is that there a HUGE loose end that they kinda just… leave alone.

Ultimately I was intrigued by the newness of Deadgirl’s tale and found it entertaining. I was unsatisfied with some of the character development, and even more disappointed with the way they chose to wrap the story up. If you’re interested in watching the strange and interesting – even sometimes funny – then definitely give this movie a watch. While I get the feeling that Marcel Samiento (Director) would like you to take Deadgirl seriously, you’ll probably find yourself laughing at the film’s ridiculousness more than contemplating morality and sexuality.


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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      If it's to protect against spoilers, that's fine. But your summary in your reply helped me understand. I'd only watch this out of curiosity ^^

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      Jamilya 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      I guess I was somewhat vague; I'm really wary of spoilers. But essentially one of the childhood friends decides to get his sexual angst out on the "Deadgirl", and... it kind of escalates to insanity after that point once you learn more about what she actually is and how crazy all males are in this movie.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      If you gave more insight to the plot, I'd know what to think of this time. But I saw something about a 17-year old touching breasts....? Is that what the film's about, because I hate teens in films. Sex too. Combined with necrophilia is just outright disgusting.

      I'll give your review a vote up and Interesting, though I'll need a tad more info before I check it out ^^

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      petersavage 5 years ago from Australia

      Looks creepy "you never forget your fist time" - WTF indeed.

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      Brian Loewer 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Good review... and WTF is right. I could hardly finish it, creepy and like you said, kind of sickening. Useful & Interesting for sure.