What would you do if you find a girl trapped inside a room by herself? For a normal person, calling the police is the most rational thing to do. But, this is where Dead Girl deviates from rationality. Dead Girl was quite an experience to watch. It was definitely not the kind of horror movie I am used to watching, offering a different kind of thrill and heart-pounding moments compared to conventional films.
The movie is about two students named Rickie and JT who stumble upon a girl in an abandoned asylum. Fascinated by this, JT wants to rape the girl and use it as his sex object, much to Rickie’s dismay. In the process. they find out that the girl can’t be killed even if they try to do so, which reinforces JT’s plan of using the dead girl for his sexual fantasies. Rickie then does his best of convincing JT to stop what he is doing, and this causes trouble for both of them along the way.
What makes the film a horror film is because of how it contains a supernatural aspect wherein the girl in the movie cannot be killed. This is bizarre in its own right, but what I found interesting about the film is that even if it is considered as a horror film, unlike other films, the main antagonist is not the supernatural aspect aforementioned, but it is a conflict between a man and a man. In a lot of horror films, the protagonist is forced to fend off some supernatural being that scares the pants out of them and the viewer, and because what they are going against is out of the ordinary, it is an extra challenge for them as to how to conquer it. But, in this movie, the dead girl is not the antagonist of the film, but it is mainly a tool for the JT, the actual antagonist of the movie. Him using the dead girl as a sex object is what gives the creepy vibes in the movie, since it’s such a sick and sadistic thing to do, and for him to do it to an undead is what makes it extra eerie. The main conflict is how Rickie does not approve of what JT is doing, and it is him trying his best to talk JT out of it.
Despite it being a person to person conflict, I still consider it a horror film because it evokes the same feeling to a viewer as a horror movie does. It is considered scary based on the overall tone of the movie, from the setting to the soundtrack. It is meant to make the audience feel uneasy and the feeling of anything can happen at any time. Furthermore, JT’s combustible personality and him being reckless to what he does can actually be frightening. His actions cannot be considered rational by a normal human being, and that’s what makes him dangerous. This is supported by Andrew Tudor’s “Why Horror?” wherein he discusses why people watch horror films. the “narrative tension” mentioned by Tudor is why people seems so fixated into horror movies.
What struck me in the movie is the ending. It is perfectly encapsulated by Harvey Dent’s quote in the Dark Knight of “Either you die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself turn into a villain”. The movie is a lesson that even the cleanest of souls can be corrupted by evil. The last scene was Rickie, the person who was fighting against JT because of his treatment to the dead girl, enter the asylum for the viewers to discover that he made Joann, his love interest in the movie, as his own dead girl. Rickie can be seen succumbing to what he despised about JT, being the person he didn’t want to be at the end of the movie. It is a powerful seen because it is truly proof that nobody is safe from temptations. As much as we try to avoid it, it is possible for us to give into evil. This is exactly what happened to Rickie in the movie.
The movie is about the dangers of letting your urges get to you. It is the bad side of selfishness, as your desires or being hell-bent on achieving this desire will lead you to do things you don’t expect to do. Dead Girl is mostly a conflict of the self, as JT’s desires lead to him to do bad things to other people. Overall, Dead Girl was a really grotesque horror movie. I appreciated how unorthodox the movie is, but it is honestly something that I wouldn’t watch by myself if given the choice.
Tudor, Andrew (1997). “Why Horror? The Peculiar Pleasures of a Peculiar Genre.” Horror, the film reader. Ed. Jancovich, M. London: Routledge, 2002. Print.