|Written by||Trent Haaga|
|Music by||Joseph Bauer|
|Edited by||Phillip Blackford|
|Distributed by||Dark Sky Films|
Deadgirl is a 2008 American black comedy horror film written by Trent Haaga and directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel. It stars Shiloh Fernandez and Noah Segan as teenaged boys who discover a naked, female zombie, played by Jenny Spain. When one of them wants to keep her as a sex slave and the other objects, their friendship is tested.
Rickie and J.T. are two high school seniors who gaze at the girls they wish they could get, especially Joann, the object of Rickie's affection, whom he has known since he was a child. One day, they decide to cut class and end up in an abandoned psychiatric hospital. They discover a mute, naked woman in the basement, chained to a table. While J.T. is interested in raping her, Rickie refuses and, after failing to dissuade J.T., leaves but, certain that his story will not be believed, tells no one about the woman. J.T. confronts Rickie the next day, and the two return to the basement where J.T. reveals that the woman is undead, which he discovered after attempting to kill her three times.
Rickie finds that J.T. invited their friend Wheeler to rape the woman, nicknamed "Deadgirl", as well, and decides that it is time to free her. He is able to cut the chain on one hand free before he hears J.T. and Wheeler approaching. He runs to hide, and J.T. begins to rape the woman. After he notices that her hand is free, the woman attacks him and scratches his face.
During gym class one day, Rickie asks Joann out on a date, knowing she has a boyfriend. She rejects him, and that afternoon, Joann's boyfriend Johnny and Johnny's friend Dwyer beat up Rickie and Wheeler. Wheeler rebuts that they "have their own pussy now" and do not need to hit on Joann. Johnny throws Rickie and Wheeler in his trunk, and Dwyer and he drive to the asylum to see Deadgirl. Rickie convinces Johnny to force Deadgirl to perform oral sex on him, and Deadgirl instead bites Johnny's penis, infecting him. The next day, Johnny races to the bathroom during class and his intestines burst out of his body, leaving him in the same undead state as Deadgirl.
Having figured out that this is an infectious, rotting disease, J.T. and Wheeler decide it is time to make a new Deadgirl with a fresh body. They lie in wait outside a gas station for a female victim. After an unsuccessful kidnapping and recovering from their beating, Joann shows up to confront them about Johnny. J.T. and Wheeler capture her and take her to the basement. Rickie heads to the basement with a machete to free Deadgirl and finds Joann and Deadgirl tied up to each other, encircled by J.T. and Wheeler. J.T. tries to convince Rickie to let Joann be bitten while Wheeler starts to feel up Joann. Rickie defends her by slicing Wheeler's hand off while Joann unties Deadgirl, who feasts on Wheeler, then J.T.
Rickie and Joann flee through a stairwell door, but cannot escape through the locked exterior entrance at the top of the stairs. Rickie runs off to find an escape route, and when he returns, Joann is not where he left her. Rickie returns to the basement and finds Deadgirl, who is about to attack him. She runs into him, knocking him down, breaks open the door, and escapes to the outside. Rickie then sees Joann, who is about to collapse. He catches Joann as she falls, then sees that J.T. has stabbed her in the back. J.T. urges Rickie to let him bite her so she will live as undead. Rickie holds her for a moment, assuring her that he loves her and will save her. She coughs blood into his face and rejects his love by telling him to "grow up," then asks for help. Later, a cleanly dressed Rickie lives normally as he walks outside in the direction of the asylum. There, in the basement, surrounded by soft lights, tied lying in bed wearing clean lingerie, is his Deadgirl, Joann.
- Shiloh Fernandez as Rickie
- Noah Segan as J.T.
- Candice Accola as Joann
- Jenny Spain as Deadgirl
- Michael Bowen as Clint
- Andrew DiPalma as Johnny
- Eric Podnar as Wheeler
- Nolan Gerard Funk as Dwyer
- Christina Blevins as Amanda
- Kelle Cantwell as Britt
- Shushig DerStepanian as Elizabeth
- David Alan Graf as Mr. Harrison
- Dustin Hess as Walter
- Susan Marie Keller as Nikki
- Christina Masterson as Rosie
Deadgirl is the first feature film by Hollywoodmade, a Los Angeles-based production company. Deadgirl is rated R for "strong aberrant sexuality, graphic nudity, bloody violence, and pervasive language".
The film was also screened in 2008 at these film festivals:
- Fantastic Fest
- Sitges International Film Festival
- AFI Fest
- San Sebastian Fantasy Film Festival
- Cucalorus Film Festival
- Leeds International Film Festival
- Stockholm International Film Festival
- Melbourne Underground Film Festival
- Lone Star International Film Festival
Deadgirl has a 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews; the average rating is 4.52/10. Peter Debruge of Variety wrote that it "takes a disturbing adolescent male fantasy and glosses it up just enough to pass for a legitimate horror movie", though he complimented the acting and atmosphere in the early scenes.
The film was controversial and has been called misogynistic. In response, writer Haaga proposed a sequel about two women who find a naked, male zombie. In 2012, Complex included the film in its list of 15 most uncomfortable moments of female nudity in film.
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