Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DEADGIRL screening this weekend at Music Box!

Showtimes Friday, July 24 midnight / Saturday, July 25 midnight

Two high school misfits cut school to explore an abandoned hospital, where they discover a naked woman chained to a table. She’s abandoned, beautiful and dead – or is she? From the producer of HELLRAISER and HEATHERS comes this depraved and genre-busing new indie classic. You may scream in terror, gasp with disgust, or debate it for days, but one thing is for certain: You will never forget DEADGIRL.

Here's Dr. AC's two cents' worth:

Deadgirl (2008)
Two high school lads (Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan) find a mostly deceased young woman (Jenny Spain) strapped to a table in the basement of an abandoned asylum. This already disturbing scenario takes an even darker turn when Segan decides, against Fernandez’s protests, that he would like to keep her tied up to use as his personal sex slave…and maybe even invite others to enjoy the “fun.”

What with screenwriter Trent Haaga being a graduate from the Troma stable and the concept potentially lending itself to thoroughly juvenile grotesqueries, ultimately the most intriguing and challenging (in the best possible way) aspect of the film is how seriously it handles its given circumstances. Everyone on hand invests themselves fully in their roles, with nary a wink, blink or pratfall to lighten the ever-darkening mood. Applause must be given to all involved for tackling such squirrelly material in a straightforward fashion, as the approach pays off in spades, refusing to let audiences off the hook – instead we are forced to wonder how we would handle the situation ourselves.

A terrific story of friendship, romance, shifting alliances and coming-of-age, all seen through a twisted supernatural lens. While certainly not for all tastes, Haaga – along with directors Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel – has created an original, uncompromising indie horror flick that cannot be forgotten nor easily dismissed.

Music Box Theatre | 3733 N. Southport Ave. | Chicago, IL 60613 | 773-871-6604

Actress Jenny Spain (aka The Dead Girl) will be at the Music Box for a Q&A session for both screenings. Don't miss it!!

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