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Deadgirl (2008)

R | | Horror | 20 April 2013 (Japan)
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Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.

Directors:

Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel (co-director)

Writer:

Trent Haaga
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Cast

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

On a hot day, two rebellious high school friends, Rickie and JT, decide to skip class to hang out at an abandoned asylum for the mentally ill. After breaking into the derelict place, the fun begins in the ill-lit maze of the institution's long corridors and dark rooms, when, all of a sudden, JT discovers the body of a naked young woman covered with a plastic film. Now, in the light of this grotesque and unexpected finding, troubling questions rise, as this seemingly unresponsive prisoner starts growling and gnashing. Who is this scarred woman? Was she a patient here, or was she the guinea pig of a demented scientist? Above all, how human is this unknown girl who cannot die? Written by Nick Riganas

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Pretty Much F-ing Brilliant! See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong aberrant sexuality, graphic nudity, bloody violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadgirl See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywoodmade See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Noah Segan won the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Actor for his performance. See more »

Goofs

After Rickie gets hit by JT, the split on his lower lip keeps erratically changing shape, consistency and placement for the rest of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rickie: [Rickie asks JT a question while between classes at school] Hey, yo, JT.
[Rickie asks JT while they're both on lunch at school]
Rickie: Man, what word starts with 'F' and ends with 'U-C-K?' Come on. Fire truck, man.
JT: [Rickie chuckles] What are you eight?
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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »

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I Want More
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A powerful probe into the human psyche
18 November 2008 | by SqueesSee all my reviews

I have a longer review of this, but unfortunately it breaches the 1k word limit of IMDb, so I will be rather succinct.

I had the pleasure of watching this at the Leeds Film Festival as part of Night of the Dead. At first I was apprehensive, expecting perhaps another 'torture-porn' indie film.

Instead, I got a powerful probe into the human psyche and the limits of human capability and barbarity.

The two main characters are enthralling and thoroughly explored, it is this subtle psychological study juxtaposed with the stark brutality of the films heavier moments that make this so powerful. Gritty, grainy, and teetering between realism, fantasy, and science-fiction, deadgirl is a horror that raises the bar on context, delivery, and emotional impact. It is probably the best US horror I have seen in recent memory, and its rating here on IMDb seems to reflect people taking it on at a superficial value only.

However, the film also knows is limits, it does not plunge into the sea of self indulgent artistic pretence. Instead, it stays afloat and allows you to glimpse down and take what you want from it, to empathise with who you deem worthy, and cast the sinister question of just what would YOU do in a room where society's laws are locked away in the background, your own state of nature in the metallic underbelly of an abandoned mental asylum. Would you return to the banality of suburban school life? Would you act on feral urge or try and do what you perceive to be the right thing.

Recommended.


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