Tragedy Girls is by far the most fun I’ve had watching a movie at the SXSW film festival. The completely filled-up midnight showing was met with screams and laughs alike, with word-of-mouth quickly spreading throughout the festival.
This meta-horror-comedy, that’s Clueless meets Scream, stars Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandrea Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) as two death-obsessed teens who fake a killing spree in order to become viral sensations. It seems as though every year, a film comes along that dares to walk the tricky tightrope between comedy/horror and most of them fail (see 2015’s “The Final Girls”). But with Tragedy Girls, we have a film just clever, and fun enough to rival Heathers (its major source of inspiration).
When social media and commentary on the shallowness of youth are portrayed in films, they typically come across as either heavy-handed or completely out of touch with reality. Here, it perfectly captures the fast-paced nature of teen sociology and the internet, without using cringey slang or fake websites. To help sell the satire here, are two charismatic and energetic performances from our leads, Hildebrand and Shipp who help make the movie what it is. I can’t imagine this film without them, as they’re able to sell both the gruesome and comedic elements while also giving the film a sense of heart, something terribly missing from this genre. And to top it off, this film isn’t afraid to get pretty gory. If it weren’t for the constant comedic tone, there’s some violence in this film that’s on the verge of getting an NC-17 rating. The kills are nasty, shocking, and have a wicked sense of humor to them.
Hopefully, when this film is finally released, it reaches the cult-classic status that it deserves. Whether it be in theaters, or at a slumber-party, this is the fun, feminist horror-comedy we’ve been waiting for, and it did not let us down.