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Dead Girl [DVD]

Shiloh Fernandez , Noah Segan , Marcel Sarmiento , Gadi Harel    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen, Candice Accola, Andrew DiPalma
  • Directors: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel
  • Producers: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023TZ3FI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Teen horror starring Shiloh Fernanderz and Noah Segan. While cutting class one day, teenage misfits Rickie and JT (Fernandez and Segan) find themselves in the derelict remains of an abandoned hospital. There they make a gruesome and unnerving discovery: a woman, naked, chained and covered in plastic. From here the two outcasts embark on a warped odyssey that forces them to decide how far they're willing to stretch their understanding of what is right and what is very, very wrong.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead or alive ? 25 Sep 2009
By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Rickie and JT and are two high school outsiders. From under-privileged backgrounds they know they are not destined for great things but that doesn't stop Rickie dreaming of Joanne Wheeler the popular girl he shared an innocent kiss with many years earlier. His advances are later shunned in favour of Johnny, a school jock from the right side of the tracks.

Skipping class, Rickie and JT take a few cans and break into the old "nuthouse", an abandoned asylum on the outskirts of town. Chased by an angry stray dog, it is in the basement they discover "dead girl". She is dead and alive, kind of zombified and inexplicably chained to a bed, which is just as well given her penchant for biting anything and anyone that comes close. Rickie wants out but JT, he of the more adventurous mind, has uses for her and soon makes the basement his own amusement park along with their grungy friend Wheeler. "Good" things don't stay secret for long and soon Johnny finds out about the girl and is egged on by Rickie to take a piece of the action. Not a good move...

Let's be honest, this film is in bad taste but it has a provocative story, some half-decent acting, some excellent humour (the petrol station) a grungy but rocking soundtrack and it works. It's not a total "gross-out", and it had me captivated from the outset. Despite the dead girl and the blood, it is a love story. It's about Rickie wanting what he can't have, or what he's told he can't....

Noah Segan reminds me of a young Christian Slater or even Christian Bale in American Psycho as the charismatic but deranged JT. He has nothing to lose and acts accordingly. Shiloh Fernandez underplays Rickie, the smarter and more sensitive of the two very well. It's not totally played for shocks, but there are enough of those for viewers who like to watch films through their hands. A tight cast and a well-placed plot make this a far better movie than I was ever expecting.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nasty And Nihilistic Meets "American Graffiti" 26 April 2009
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
The coming-of-age film is a genre that spans generations, that each era has it's own version of. Anything from oh, say "The Yearling" to "Trainspotting" qualifies regardless of barefoot-in-the-Ozarks or druggie-pouting respectively. Now, hold on to your Twitter Account folks, as we have a new one to add to that much vaunted list! We live in a world of violent teenagers, bad horror remakes and Economic crisis, so what would best sum this all up? "Deadgirl" tries, and although falters a bit with the execution, does quite a good job (actually).

Typical "outsider" templates JT and Rickie find solace in hanging around an old, disused Asylum when bored and out-of-sorts, and there one day they come across a naked, seemingly alive but unresponsive girl chained to a table in one of it's darkest recesses. JT fulfills his sickest fantasies on the girl (which I won't go into) and no matter what they do to her, she doesn't die - which in turn allows the sickos to invite in more losers to do what they wish, kind of like "Risky Business" as filtered through the mind of Stuart Gordon, perhaps. But, as you can no doubt figure out yourselves, there is a downside to this male bonding; she's a Zombie. Shock! Horror! Comatose just doesn't cut it.

It plays well on our societies apparent march towards the Cult of Dehumanization and all the questions that it implies; and, in the light of a current taste for teenagers-are-scum horror (See "Eden Lake" for clarification) no bases are left untouched when it comes to voyeurism and crass Daily Mail tut-tutting. However, the film does make us think about the limits of what people will do before they accept they've "gone too far" (and the Hubris that goes along with it). So, highly recommended, with a loss of stars for a crummy production look and slightly rotten acting. Better than the usual Slasher fare, let's leave it at that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea fundamentally flawed 13 Aug 2009
By Mr. T. Berriman VINE VOICE
Deadgirl is a challenging and controversial movie that has more to it than may first seem. With a tiny cast, and only one zombie, it is an exploration of male teenage angst and sexuality that descends into a harrowing portrayal of the darkness that lies within us, and leaves us asking the question: who are the real zombies here?

The premise that Deadgirl is based on is razor sharp and pregnant with potential. Two seventeen year-old rebellious boys skip school one day and head to an abandoned asylum to drink, smoke, and vent their adolescent male aggression and frustrations. Soon they get bored and decided to explore the tunnels underneath the asylum in search of more excitement. As they are escaping from a fearsome looking feral dog that turns up, they come across a rusted up and barricaded door. Of course boyish curiosity is far too great for them to possibly not open the door, but nothing could have prepared them for what they find: an attractive if unkempt girl chained naked to a table. The conflict between their choices of what to do with her provides the fuel for the fire in which the rest of the movie burns, and this conflict is made even more severe when they discover that the girl cannot die.

There are a few things you really need to know before you watch Deadgirl, things which I wish I had known. Firstly, this is out-and-out a "guy" movie; it deals very much in teenage male insecurities and sexuality, which females will struggle to relate to (in the same way that no male can relate to the emotions of a teenage female). Also, although it is often described as a "zombie rape" movie and derided for being exploitation cinema, it is actually a lot more than that when you take the time to think about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "..BRILLIANT.."
An instant classic, very disturbing creepy film, very original story with some great acting, for horror fans this film is a gem. must own cult cinema at its best.
Published on 23 April 2012 by S. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars About Time!!!
These days hollywood seems to be too busy remaking everything from over-seas to concentrate on delivering something original. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Philippa Leah
2.0 out of 5 stars Utter Tosh!!
ok the first 40 mins were interesting but as the film progressed it got more silly and childish. I realise that you have to use your imagination a bit with these types of film but... Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by R. Cheshire
4.0 out of 5 stars Men have urges too
'Teeth', 'Deadgirl' and 'Jennifer's Body'? What is it about a recent crop of horror movies dealing with the pangs of going from a child to a sexual being as if by magic? Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2009 by P. Millar
4.0 out of 5 stars Me Rambling as Usual
I think there must be a bit of a theme running here for me, as the two films I watched prior to this one were Flatliners and Is Anybody There? Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2009 by Cactus
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, brilliant and relevant
Like "River's Edge" 23 years ago, youth's normal curiosity about death and sex becomes unhinged and grows unspeakably perverse within a social climate which favors unconscious,... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by maciora
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Like it a lot nothing more to say I read it liked it and its at my friends hope she likes it as much as i.
Published on 6 Sep 2009 by J. Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Girl lives...
This film was done surprisingly well. Thoroughly enjoyed it, recommended it to loads of people already. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by Mr. Wayne S. Kimber
3.0 out of 5 stars this film is good JT
as far as low budget horror films go you could do a lot worse than dead girl. I wont spoil any of it for you because, well, you might be able to guess most of it. Read more
Published on 14 July 2009 by FiveByFive
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I always hate it when reputable sources give praise to a movie that winds up being a heap of junk. This movie has terrible acting and ridiculous characters who do ridiculous... Read more
Published on 6 July 2009 by J. Hewitt
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