Deadgirl is a movie that I’ve only heard about (but never tried watching) before it was announced that we were to watch it in class. After seeing the movie, I’m partly happy that I didn’t even really try to watch it beforehand. While most of the things that happened during the movie could probably evoke fear and/or disgust from me, it wasn’t really the type to scare me and make it hard for me to fall asleep at night. Halfway through the movie, I could only think of it as a Jersey Shore knock-off with the guys loser-fied (more than the ones on the show) and the girls zombie-fied but still just objects for the guys.
While the movie mostly concentrates on trying to give its viewers the image of a world that is unlike ours, it only succeeds in showing a world that while slightly different is just made of the same world, with the same people and with a dead girl being used as a sex toy being the only difference. Like many other horror films like it, the female is objectified, used for sex and exploited, tied-up and unable to fend for herself.
If one were to rely simply on the obvious, it could be said that what brings horror to the audience when watching this film is the possibility of a body, fully dead and yet animated, already decaying and yet still being used. For me, the monster lies within the characters of the movie and not the characters themselves. JT thought he was being a good friend for Rickie when he offered him the deadgirl as a means to release his frustrations. JT thought he was being a good friend when he had the deadgirl infect first JoAnn’s boyfriend and later JoAnn herself. JoAnn thought she was fighting with JT to find out what he did to her boyfriend. Rickie thought he was saving JoAnn by comforting her through the whole ordeal and doing his best to protect her (which he didn’t manage) from the effects of JT’s actions. Yet in the end, nothing good came out of these actions. Deadgirl escaped. JT died. JoAnn became the next deadgirl and it is shown that Rickie has tied her up to the old deadgirl’s bed and she appears to be naked.
The evil in the movie comes from people’s good intentions. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
During the whole movie, I could only think of how pretentious Rickie was, how much he tried to be what he thought JoAnn would like in someone like him and yet it doesn’t work. He represses himself into a facet of himself that he thinks society would approve of and yet in the end, he lets go of the morals that he thought important and makes JoAnn the new deadgirl. He doesn’t fight it. He doesn’t try to find a cure and he doesn’t kill her fully to give her a better chance at dignity. He ties her up and uses her without remorse and he’s happy that that’s what he chooses to do.
I can say that aside from Rickie comes a close second to good intentions.