The movie “Deadgirl” can be described in simply one word: disturbing. The incredibly graphic imagery tends to stay with the mind even long after they roll the ending credits. For some reason, the image of deadgirl’s face haunted me for at least a day and a half. I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that she was following me or that when I turned the corner there would be a naked corpse with disheveled hair walking, no, running towards me, wanting to tear out my liver. There is just something about those snake-like eyes and blackened teeth that give me the creeps. This movie is probably one of the most disturbing, sickening movies I have ever watched.
The movie, much like the previous movie “Cabin in the woods”, revolves around the idea that the real monsters of the film are not the zombies, or ghosts, or mermen even. The real monsters are people, sentient human beings, who manipulate other people and situations for their own benefit. Especially in “Deadgirl”, the characters’ biggest problems do not come from the monster of the movie, but arise from themselves.
I think one of the biggest factors that contribute to “Deadgirl” being so disturbing is the horror of witnessing someone do something so inhumane and animalistic, without so much as a hint of remorse or self-doubt. No one really likes being reminded that human beings have the capacity to do such horrid things if they chose to. The characters deem abnormal behavior as something normal and acceptable. The familiar becomes something unfamiliar. What are they willing to do next? What limits are they about to test, or even surpass? It becomes something so unpredictable that it effectively scares the viewer. We don’t know what kind of horrible act we’re going to witness next.
The acts they commit make them more monstrous than the dead girl. One can almost feel pity for the dead girl when JT and other boys rape her. That’s one of the reasons why I personally feel bothered by the presence of the dead girl. This corpse, or whatever it is, seems a bit more sentient than the unfeeling object the characters try to portray her as. When she touches Rickie’s hand when he was trying to free her, we somehow feel that she understands what is around her. This also happens when she leaves Rickie unharmed as she escapes from the mental facility. But then again, we are often reminded that this thing is more monster than human. All it knows is to attack and kill people. It doesn’t really care what it is being done to it. Whether it is being raped or harmed, it doesn’t seem to care. The fact that I could momentarily feel pity for a rotting human corpse then immediately be reminded that it is a monster in the shape of a human being quite disturbs me.
Watching this film, as a woman, makes it more uncomfortable in my opinion. You see this thing which isn’t human but is in the shape of a woman get violated over and over. But it doesn’t seem to mind or doesn’t seem to care. Heck, it could even possibly enjoy it, based on one of the first scenes where Rickie and JT visit the dead girl. This is unsettling not only for the reason that women are disturbed by the image of a girl getting raped, but also for the fact that it doesn’t seem to be too concerned about it. Once again, something abnormal is made normal by one of the characters. And that is something we can’t really accept and we are all the more horrified by it.