January 3rd, 2008



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Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.8/10 (6,711 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Marcel Sarmiento

Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice Accola

Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.

Shiloh Fernandez - Rickie
Noah Segan - JT
Candice Accola - Joann
Eric Podnar - Wheeler
Jenny Spain - Deadgirl
Andrew DiPalma - Johnny
Nolan Gerard Funk - Dwyer
Michael Bowen - Clint
David Alan Graf - Mr. Harrison
Susan Marie Keller - Nikki
Timothy Muskatell - Wes
Kelle Cantwell - Brit
Dustin Hess - Walter
Kathleen M. Darcy - Ms. Flynn
Steve Dean - Gym Coach

Taglines: The American nightmare.

Release Date: 3 Jan 2008

Filming Locations: Santa Maria, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)

Continuity: In the scene where Johnny & Dwyer see the body, the three scratches on JT's face change length, orientation, the side of his face that they are on.

User Review

Troubling, but sadly realistic (as horror movies go)

Rating: 7/10

I find myself sort of wondering why IMDb has this listed as horror. Sure, there's the titular zombie-like chick in the film, but she's hardly the focal point. Honestly, this seems to me a lot like what George Romero would've done if he was making his first movies today. Not that this will likely ever heralded like the original Night Of The Living Dead, but a lot of the points are still there. I know a lot of people who bow at the feet of the master will cry foul at that last statement, but let's face it...Romero's early stuff is rather slow paced, low on gore, and dripping with social commentary. And so is Deadgirl.

Basically what you've got here is the story of two disaffected teenage boys who come across a (sort of) dead girl in an abandoned hospital. Being teenagers, one disregards much of his humanity in favor of darker intentions while the other objects but does nothing to back up his protests. Slowly the story gathers more complexity as one teen begins essentially raping this (sort of) dead girl and eventually invites some friends in on the action. As troubling as this sounds (and it is), you've seen worse things in your life which is a bit surprising considering that in their minds this is basically a moving corpse. So eventually it's up to one guy to be the voice of reason and make everything right.

There's a lot of commentary here. Everything from peer pressure, the effects of apathetic and absent parents, and the apathy and angst of teenagers gets touched on and done quite well. All said and done I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who's looking for a horror movie with a bit more substance and a bit less gore. Sure...we all like our horror movies nice and violent, but sometimes it's nice to see one that takes a slightly different path.


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