Sunday, April 24, 2011

Deadgirl


I briefly mentioned this film a few years back. Finally got a chance to see it...

Two high school buddies/losers stumble across a restrained female zombie and -- wait. Let's try something different. Do they....

a) use her as a sex slave.
b) run like cowards, forever scarred by the encounter.
c) free her and unwittingly unleash her zombie minions.
d) clean her up and take her to the prom.
e) none of the above

The correct answer is "a." Seriously. A premise like that would never have occurred to me in a million years, but it obviously caught the eye of a producer. I watched a featurette with the screenwriter and even he didn't expect to find any takers when he wrote it. We choose our stories for all sorts of reasons. Commercial appeal be damned! But from what I understand, Deadgirl has somewhat of a cult following and there are rumors of a sequel. Go figure...

Although it strives to make a statement about the objectification of women, I'm not sure if Deadgirl ever rises above gratuitous zombie torture/necrophilia porn flick. The lesson to be learned here is that it pays to think outside the box. Don't be afraid to go to that deep dark place within and start writing — well, maybe not *that* dark.

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