Zombie movies are for many, myself included, their very own genre of film. You’ve got horror films, thrillers, suspense, and many different variations of the scary movie. Separated from all of them by category is the Zombie movie. It’s something that’s had many different takes by many different writers and directors, lead in quality and execution by the legendary George A. Romero, director and screenwriter of the “of the Dead” series of films — Night, Dawn, Day, Land, Diary and Survival — all of which serve as the basic building blocks for any Zombie movie that hopes to reach anything higher than garbage.
And still, despite being around since the premier of White Zombie in 1932 and popularized to peak heights with the release of Night of the Living Dead in 1968, some directors are finding new and unique takes on the zombie movie genre. Case in point – Deadgirl. It is certainly a zombie film, but unlike any I’ve ever seen. No hoards of living dead, very little flesh consumption, no head shots, and no apocalypse. What does Deadgirl offer instead? Zombie sex. And lots of it.
Deadgirl follows best friends and high school students Rickie and JT who, after deciding to skip school and instead spend their day in an abandoned mental hospital, find themselves in quite the predicament. In the forgotten basement tunnels of the decrepit nuthouse they come across a beautiful woman tied up onto a table and stuffed into a corner. From here the film shows itself as being focused on male teenagers’ incredible urge to stick their pecker into whatever hole they can fit it in, even if it’s a dead and decaying naked zombie chick strapped to a table — as that’s exactly what happens.
What the fuck, you say? So did I.
How awesome can a movie be? Not only is there a zombie, but it’s a naked zombie. And not only is the zombie naked, but it’s also a chick zombie with a sweet rack. Not only is there a naked chick zombie with a sweet rack, but she is tied up and well-sexed, bondage style on a table. Disturbing? Once you realize it isn’t a comedy, yes. It is.
You might be surprised to find that it’s really just the concept that is severely screwed up, as the execution of this idea rarely made me squeamish. Aside from the disgusting tone of the the Deadgirl’s rotten flesh, there isn’t a whole lot of intense, S&M sex going on. Instead, the movie focuses on our main characters Rickie and JT and their separate inner struggles.
JT is the “bad boy” of the duo, as he entirely condones and actually promotes sex with the flesh-hungry corpse lying on the table, even getting a third member in on the action. He slowly loses his grip on what is socially acceptable and finds himself spending more and more time stowed away with the lovely lady. But he doesn’t care, this is where he wants to be.
Rickie on the other hand is constantly obsessing over his childhood crush, Joann. This brings up several issues and problems, though few of them are ever addressed. Thanks to this love interest though, we get to witness one character, Joann’s boyfriend Johnny, get his wiener bitten by the naked zombie, which leads to a scene where his inner organs shoot out of his rectum and all over the wall in a bloody display of disgusting satisfaction.
Gory scenes like this are few and far between however, as most of the story attempts to focus on deeper subject matter only to get lost with what it’s doing, leaving gaping plot holes and never answering several questions which is really problematic. It should’ve just focused on being a Zombie movie, and not something more significant.
Another notable problem is with the actors’ abilities to actually act. During the beginning of the movie, the entire cast screams amateur and their inexperience is as obvious as the dead girl’s rotten vagina is dry. By the end of the film, there’s an obvious bump in talent, as the majority of important actors are able to get comfortable in their roles. The strongest performance comes from Noah Segan, who plays JT. He goes from being visibly awkward with his character to giving a truly impressive performance. By the end of the film, he is JT. He crafts a character so believable that his performance alone draws you in to the latter third of the movie. It’s too bad they couldn’t have gone back and redone the beginning of the film once the actors got settled in to their roles.
Deadgirl is a fun movie for Zombie nuts. It never takes its disgusting concept as far as it should, the acting leaves a lot to be desired, the script is oftentimes weak and direction is usually poor, but it has zombie sex. That and Noah Segan’s performance in the latter half of the movie are the only good things I can really say about the film.
But for some weird and unexplainable reason, I enjoyed. I shouldn’t have. I should’ve been pissed that I sat through another terrible Zombie movie (I’ve seen several in these past few weeks). I’m not going to dwell on it, though. Instead I’ll walk away from the experience and suggest that die hard Zombie fans see it, and die hard Zombie fans only.
Score: 7.0/10 (Good)