High school friendships are at once both the best thing and worst thing ever. While we are barely surviving the trials in between the classrooms and our lockers, our only salvation are those few people we trust the most. Yet when we put so much faith in people at a young age, the potential for it all blowing up on us grows all the more extreme depending on the severity of our secrets. That is proven all the more in Tyler MacIntyre’s TRAGEDY GIRLS hitting wide release after a successful festival run.
Sadie and McKayla are at the top of their high school social game, yet their ambitions to grow out of the fish bowl of their school see no bounds. Ready to ride a wave of vlogs and memorial tweets to the crest, they choose to get attention by documenting the recent rash of missing and dead students from their area. Key problem here: they are responsible for most of the bloodshed. Yes, our girls are like Mickey and Mallory Knox in the Tumblr Age.
“To make an omelette, you have to kill a few ex-boyfriends.”
After capturing a local serial killer (Kevin Durand, The Strain, DARK WAS THE NIGHT), our fierce and fearsome duo decide to up the ante and kill count and use their captive as the patsy. Driven, motivated, this still doesn’t get in the way of cheer-leading practice, yearbook, or planning prom. Ah, to be young and bloodthirsty again.
TRAGEDY GIRLS is an absolute blast as it is jam packed with acidic and biting dialogue that hurts so much, it’s hard not to laugh. Combining elements of TEENAGE COCKTAIL with BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON, it is a wonderful blend of teen dark comedy and gory horror. Brianna Hildebrand made shockwaves with her appearance as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in DEADPOOL, and it was great to see her have the ability to really rule the screen for more than a few minutes as Sadie. Not to be outdone, Alexandra Shipp is another X-Universe veteran as she played the young version of Storm in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, yet she truly taps into her dark side as McKayla is the friend that truly wants to get to the heart of the matter.
In a dark and twisted plot like this, you’d half expect the parents and teachers to be an afterthought. Someone to mourn the loss of their “dead, gay son”. But we actually have caring parents for both Sadie and McKayla, minus Sadie’s mom whom died when she was younger. Mrs. Kent, one of the girls teachers, is also truly concerned about everything going on, when it doesn’t interfere with her secret love affair. So, with all this nurturing, how do we explain the sociopathic nature our TRAGEDY GIRLS display? Sometimes girls just wanna have fun.
TRAGEDY GIRLS opens in theaters October 20, 2017, with limited screening dates available at TragedyGirls.com.