‘Tragedy Girls’ is #A Wild Bloody Satirical Ride

“You can’t make an omelet without killing a few ex-boyfriends”

Tragedy Girls filled my gore loving heart with joy – and gore there is!! The story follows two best friends, Sadie and McKayla, who are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. The two girls from the small Midwest town of Rosedale, are so obsessed that they’ve created their own online show @TragedyGirls. Like, retweet, follow! (don’t forget your hashtag!) When their sleepy little community is ravaged by a series of brutal murders, the girls take the opportunity to make a name for themselves. Kidnapping and locking up the real killer, so they can take his place, the two sociopathic friends fit their killing spree in between cheerleader practice and planning their senior prom while sharing everything on social media. The best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves, right? As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?

Tyler MacIntyre’s dark comedic slasher Tragedy Girls, mixes Clueless, Halloween and Scream, with nods to Mean Girls, Heathers and Carrie in with everything I love about 80’s slasher films. The complete psychopathic need for our killers Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) to slaughter everyone that gets in their way is so totally awesome! (Did you hear my valley girl impersonation there?) Mix that with bubbly teen girl angst and the media exploitation of true crime on TV, you have an amazing and funny satire of our current social media blitzed world. Not that I personally haven’t always been fascinated, but when did serial killers get so popular?

The fact that I can fit bubbly teen girl and sociopathic best friend killers in the same story and that it’s something I really enjoy, says something about who the target audience is; I am smack dab in the middle of it. Even though I am not a real part of that millennial world, (I know, I’m too old) but this fun horror movie about young people who are obsessed with being famous and can’t separate themselves from their phones for a minute, has become a new favorite black comedy for me.  When they are advised to stop checking in because the killer might find them, the reply is “I’d rather die.” Sounds familiar. What will happen to those addicted to technology? With a 19-year-old daughter of my own, I wonder about that constantly. In Tragedy Girls it is almost their downfall.

When I spoke to Brianna Hildebrand at the 2017 Saturn Awards- she had this to say about Tragedy Girls.

Tragedy Girls is a horror comedy movie. It follows two girls in high school who run a horror blog about the terrors going on in their town. It was so fun. We had a great cast. The best part for me was the prosthetics; squirting blood out of the rubbery flesh. That was awesome! The SFX people that worked on that film were super talented!

Today I feel like social media accounts for a lot of young people’s self-worth. Which is kind of weird and strange but I feel like that it’s how it is now. A lot of emphasis is placed on that, maybe someone really would go out of their way to kill to get more attention, or to gain more followers.”

Lots of clever kills, over the top humor and an OMG, great ending, make Tragedy Girls a super good horror flick. (Stop rolling your eyes at me!) The ending was amazing and I have to admit I loved the school dance, Carrie nods and all! Prom is such a stressful rite of passage in real life that it always seems a perfect place for bad things to happen in horror flicks!

 

A sharply written script by director Tyler MacIntyre and Chris Lee Hill delivers quick wit, and you can’t help but enjoy all the character performances in the film. Tragedy Girls would not have worked so well if it had not been perfectly cast! My favs: Hildebrand and Shipp who were amazing and have great comic timing. The Strain’s Kevin Durand as the leather-faced killer that the girls want as their mentor is next up; he was soooo creepy! Look for some terrific supporting roles from Craig Robinson, Jack Quaid, Timothy V. Murphy and Josh Hutcherson, too. Add in a great soundtrack from Russ Howard, that gives us some ironically funny moments, with great ill-placed music cues, along with the gruesome and disgusting SFX, it is everything horror fans of all ages can enjoy.

Tragedy Girls is not a movie to be taken too seriously, but one to have fun with, pick out the genre tropes, and love-letters to past horror films, (there are many) laugh at the social media obsessions we see every day and just enjoy! This is one horror movie you don’t want to miss!

Director Tyler MacIntyre had this to say.

“The concept of Tragedy Girls emerged when we were trying to find something fresh and original in the most well-worn cinematic territory – the slasher movie. My tastes tend to lean toward the subversive, so we somehow managed to back ourselves into a violent, peppy take on media and violence. While the story itself is obviously satire, equating the narcissism of social media culture with the psychopathic misadventures of our teenage characters, it also works as an off-beat coming of age story – our two young women embracing who they truly are, no matter how twisted that may be. Overall, we pushed to make an extremely fun ride – the pace is kinetic and bombastic, the characters audacious and terrifying- striking a balance between the fun of ensemble horror pillars like Scream and Halloween, with the of wit and wisdom of cult-classics like Heathers and Ghost World.

Tragedy Girls will be released in theaters on Oct 20th, 2017. For more information check out (what else?) all their Social Media!

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