The Drudgeon reviews Deadgirl

Deadgirl 101 min., 2008
Written by Trent Haaga
Directed by Marcel Sarmiento/Gadi Harel
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★★

One of my top ten of all times!

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This movie is a coming of age story—just on a very fucked up level. You have Rickie and J.T., two best friends that spend most of their time together. Both think about girls, their family lives, having fun, and…girls. One day they ditch school and go to abandoned hospital/insane asylum to drink, break stuff and just have a good time. While there, they end up getting chased by a dog, which leads them into a tunnel of sorts. This leads them to a door that looks like it hasn’t been opened in years. Inside the room they find pipes, pipes, a girl under plastic, more pipes…wait! What? A girl under plastic?

Yep, there is a girl in this sealed off room, and completely naked. The two argue about what to do with her, and in the end they decide to have sex with her. After this goes on for a while, their secret gets out to a few other guys. Which turns into a whole new ball of wax.

Shiloh Fernandez (Rickie) and Noah Segan (J.T.) do some of the best acting I’ve seen in a long, long, long time. They play the part of high school teens perfectly, from the mannerisms to the way they deliver their lines. It really brings me back to high school (great, now I feel old. Thanks!). All of the actors do a great job and really make the story believable.

The effects in the movie are (for the most part) very minor. The wounds to the “deadgirl” are nicely done, they look painful but not unbelievable. When the shit goes down, the damage done to everyone is over the top and completely realistic. Shitting out one’s insides never looked so good.

One of the best things about this movie is that it doesn’t really have a date stamped on it.  This could really take place at any point in modern history (’60s, ’70s, ’80, etc…). The only way you can tell that it is a modern movie is one scene in the library, and it’s brief and it is only in the background.

This is really a great film on all levels, and the idea is really an original idea. It open up a lot of questions about the way kids see the world around them. What is morally acceptable? When should you step back and look at what you’re doing? The questions are answered only by the viewer and the filmmakers don’t shove their opinions down your throat. That is something that happens way too often in movies nowadays.

In the end more people should go and watch this. It is really a great movie. The right amount of drama and the right amount of gore make for an awesome movie. I really can’t rave about this enough.

It does bring up a question though. Is having sex with a zombie really considered rape?

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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3 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Deadgirl

  1. Lackey says:

    “Is having sex with a zombie really considered rape?”

    Keeping in mind I haven’t seen this movie…

    Legally speaking, it depends. If Deadgirl is legally dead, then it’s necrophilia, which might be illegal under local laws but not rape. (As far as I know, nonconsensual sex with an inanimate—or formerly animate—object is not legally rape.) If she’s legally alive but not legally human, then it’s bestiality, and ditto on the local laws. (Technically speaking, bestiality is actually rape but nobody ever thinks of it in those terms.) If she’s legally alive and legally human, then it’s rape as she would be incapable of expressing consent.

    Morally speaking, you can call it whatever you want, but it’s pretty fucking sick no matter what way you cut it.

    I know I’ve read a short story in which a minor story point was a pimp who had a stable of zombie prostitutes (their mouths were wired shut). I think the story was Lansdale’s “On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks” (Book of the Dead anthology, 1989) but I could be wrong.

    • John Bruni says:

      I’m pretty sure they were strippers in the Lansdale story, but you say tomato, I say tomahto. And when it comes to rape vs. necrophilia, I always go to the ever-reliable Gwar: “It’s not rape if it’s dead!”

      All jokes aside, though, this is truly an amazing movie. I would have never thought Trent Haaga had a script this good in him.

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