Monday, August 10, 2009

DeadGirl

Some of you may have heard about the new film Dead Girl already but if not – prepare to be astounded.


Though the not so subtle “mouth as vagina” movie poster gives a few clues to what the movie might be about, the synopsis is just precious (from Sociological Images):
The film begins in a school playground, where two teenagers, Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan) are talking. JT gets Rickie to skip school, and the two decide to go to an abandoned mental asylum...where they see a girl chained to a table with a plastic bag over her head. Rickie wants to call the police, but JT tells him not to. They touch her and it is revealed that she is alive. JT punches Rickie and Rickie leaves.

He comes back later with a gun, and JT tells him that he started hitting the girl to stop her screaming. He then shoots her three times, but she doesn't die. Rickie thinks it is messed up. He goes to school the next day and stares at Joann (Candice Acciola), the girl he has a crush on.

He returns to the basement to free the girl and hears a banging sound, where he finds Wheeler having sex with her.

...Wheeler tells them that he and Rickie don't need Joann because they have their own pussy now. Johnny and Dwyer go to the basement, where JT asks them if they want a go on the girl. They argue about this for a while before relenting, and have sex with her.

...Later, JT tells Wheeler he knows how to make a new deadgirl, and they go in search of a woman. They find a woman on the car park of a petrol station, and JT hits her with a crowbar, but she manages to beat them both up and escapes. Joann sees them and argues with them about what happened to Johnny, so they kidnap her instead.

The film then shows Rickie in class, and cycling around, before showing Joann tied to a table, apparently the new deadgirl.
Didn't that make you want to just run out and see the film right this very second?

Look, I get that this is just a movie. Horror has always toyed with the idea of arousal and fear as part of it's marketing. I get it, I really do. I just don’t get why a film like this needs to be made.

At the rate young girls and woman are sexually assaulted in this country, movies like Dead Girl seem like a smack in the face to me. The idea that it’s okay to rape woman who aren’t sexually available is the very reason some woman are raped.

Even the fate of the bad guys, becoming infected with the zombie-virus themselves of course, is based on the historic idea that women are the carriers of disease.

One commentator left this quote by Bob Herbert about the recent Collier attack in the comments and I agree that it explains the rape culture of this country perfectly:
“We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.”
I want to make it clear that I have not watched this movie (and I doubt I will), but there are two things I know for sure - rape is not original or “edgy” and we don’t need any more movies where we get to sympathize with rapists.

Simple as that.

-You can read Herebert's entire article here. It's actually really really good.

2 comments:

  1. That movie sounds like nothing I would ever want to see. Do the boys get apprehended? Are there any repercussions for their actions? Does anyone disagree with this plan?

    Or does the entire movie consist of guys raping, and getting away with raping, some girl that they have kidnapped and are holding hostage?

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  2. I guess the rapists die at the end after becoming infected with the zombie virus. You know, that way it makes it okay for us to spend over an hour watching a woman get raped.

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