Michael Hartford

writer, photographer, programmer, dad

Tag: noah segan

Starry Eyes

Sarah is a struggling Hollywood actress, going to degrading auditions while holding down a fast food job, until she gets a callback for a role that will come at a very steep price, both for herself and for her friends.

This movie starts off a little slow and slightly off kilter, with a very strange sequence of audition scenes and a very creepy producer whose intentions are far beyond merely “inappropriate.” It picks up steam, though, as Sarah starts to literally fall apart. The last twenty minutes or so are absolutely bonkers insane, with giallo-level gore, gruesome body horror as Sarah decays before our eyes, and a terrifying death and rebirth arc.

Deadgirl

Two high school boys skip school to drink, smoke, and goof off in an abandoned mental hospital. In the basement they find a woman chained naked to a table, apparently in a strange undead state. One boy wants to keep her as a sex slave, and one boy wants to liberate; both plans lead to gruesome consequences.

This movie has a similar vibe to The Corpse of Anna Fritz: toxic masculinity, the perils of peer pressure, borderline necrophilia. “Anna Fritz” is the better movie, with a much more satisfying conclusion, but “Deadgirl” has some moments of real tension and stays on-message without becoming preachy.

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