Girlfriend from Hell

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Girlfriend From Hell
Girlfriend From Hell dvd cover.jpg
Main promotional art by Enzo Sciotti
Directed by Daniel M. Peterson
Produced by
  • Daniel M. Peterson
  • Alberto Lensi
Written by Daniel M. Peterson
Starring
Music by Michael Rapp
Cinematography Gerry Lively
Edited by Beth Conwell
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 24, 1989 (1989-04-24) (Houston Film Festival)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Girlfriend From Hell is a 1989 American comedy-horror film that was written and directed by Daniel M. Peterson. The film had its world premiere on April 24, 1989 at the Houston Film Festival and was released to video in August of the following year. It starred Dana Ashbrook and Liane Curtis, and follows a young high school girl who is possessed by the Devil in order to steal souls.

Plot[edit]

Maggie (Liane Curtis) is a shy high school girl that isn't very good with men. This changes after she's possessed by Satan, who uses Maggie's body to seduce the souls out of various men. Satan is followed by an angelic Chaser (Dana Ashbrook), who is intent on capturing her once and for all.

Cast and characters[edit]

Reception[edit]

Initial critical reception was poor and Allmovie rated it at two stars.[1][2][3]

Screened as part of their 25th Anniversary Project, Paul Freitag-Fey of Daily Grindhouse wrote it was "the type of film that sets up a mythology for the sake of a few jokes and then doesn't give a shit about it". IE: "The gun-toting nuns have nothing to do with the plot, mind you, and they have no idea they’re shooting at Satan – the filmmakers just wanted to make a joke about gun-toting nuns." [4] They felt the viewer would do well to not concentrate on the plot, as the film was intended to be gag-based "goofy, light-hearted exploitation comedy" that did not take itself seriously.[4]

In Creature Features: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movie Guide, author John Stanley praised the film, writing that it was "a supernatural/sci-fi spoof so dumb that it's fun to watch thanks to good performances by an appealing cast."[5]

Stage musical[edit]

In 2011 playwright/composer Sean Matthew Whiteford adapted Girlfriend from Hell into a stage musical.[6] The transformative musical features 20 songs and a much revamped storyline. It premiered at the Gene Frankel Theatre in the East Village in 2011. There was a web series on YouTube that documents the creation process of its a revised version in 2013. In April 2015, a concert version of the musical was presented at 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club in NYC, following an evening of Patti LuPone. On August 1st, 2015, another concert version was presented at The Cutting Room in NYC. A studio cast recording was made in Winter 2016 featuring Justin Matthew Sargent, Josephine Rose Roberts & Neka Zang.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girlfriend From Hell". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Girlfriend from Hell". Allmovie. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Briggs, Joe Bob. "Girlfriend from Hell (review)". Joe Bob Briggs. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Freitag-Fey, Paul (May 18, 2014). "The 25TH Anniversary Project – Girlfriend from Hell (1989)". Daily Grindhouse. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Stanley, John (2000). Creature Features: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movie Guide. Berkley Publishing Group. p. 215. ISBN 0425175170. 
  6. ^ Gibbons, Anne. "'Girlfriend from Hell' offers devil of a time in Rhinebeck". Daily Freeman. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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