Tragedy Girls (2017) Review: Bubblegum Violence
“Friends Who Slay Together, Stay Together”
Synopsis: A twist on the slasher genre, following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy, and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.
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Tragedy Girls is chock full of popcorn fun. Even with some fairly heavy themes about fame and social media, the movie never digs too deep, preferring instead to rise above and have fun. As the audience, we’re encouraged to root for the Tragedy Girls, even if in another movie, we might be properly horrified by them.
Aspiring internet celebs and budding serial killers Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) finally catch their big break when they manage to track down and trap a local slasher (Kevin Durand). But when he refuses to be their mentor, the girls instead decide to continue his reign of terror without him, all while setting him up to take the fall. As their follower count grows, they quickly become popular and draw the attention of video editor Jordan (Jack Quaid) and butt heads with his sheriff father (Timothy V. Murphy).
The bloody horror of the deaths and the callousness the girls portray is in stark contrast to their bubblegum-sweet friendship. It’s a fun juxtaposition that doesn’t lose steam as the movie progresses. Even at their coldest to others, the girls are delightful together – they are, after all, kindred spirits in a way we rarely get to see. As complications mount and their relationship falters, it’s hard to watch them struggle with their feelings. But despite the subject matter, this is in many ways a feel-good buddy movie – and it’s hard not to cheer for our teenage serial killer pro/antagonists. This is a great movie for just about everyone, but it’ll play particularly well with those who like the idea of horror more than they like jump scares and classic monsters.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: B+
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