Film / Tamara

Tamara is a 2005 teen horror film written by Jeffrey Reddick and starring Jenna Dewan, Matthew Marsden, and Chad Faust.

Tamara Riley is a mousy, withdrawn girl whose exposure of the football team's steroid use to the newspapers made her the personal enemy of half the school. Not helping matters is the fact that she's also into both witchcraft and her English teacher, Bill Natoli. After attempting to cast a love spell but not having the guts to actually spill her blood to complete the ritual, Tamara is taken in by a prank by her vengeful classmates, pretending to be Bill so that they can humiliate her on camera. In the commotion, however, Tamara is killed by accident, forcing the kids to hide her body and pretend that nothing happened. Briefly, it seems to have worked.

Problem is, that blow to her head was just the thing to complete Tamara's ritual. She comes Back from the Dead looking better than ever, equipped with the power to read and control people's minds and perceptions with only a touch. And she is madder than hell.

As you can guess, the plot can pretty much be summed up as "Carrie, only with witchcraft and more gore," to the point where it could've served as a remake of, or sequel to, that film with a few script changes (it wouldn't have been the first time, either). It can, however, be quite entertaining if you go in with the right mindset.

A novelization based on an earlier, more extreme script for the film was written by Jeffrey Reddick and JD Matthews, and released in 2014.

This film provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Tamara's father is an alcoholic who rapes his daughter. Needless to say, the events of this movie go poorly for him.
  • Body Horror: Tamara's Mind Rape of Roger and Kisha. All of it is in their heads, but... brrrr. Vermiphobesnote  might want to skip past Roger's scene in particular.
  • Karmic Death: Tamara loves to play with her victim's insecurities and deficiencies before inflicting Psychic Assisted Suicides on them. Roger, who did nothing while the rest of the group (minus Chloe) agreed to cover up Tamara's death, kills himself in a manner referencing the Three Wise Monkeys. Her father, a man who loved the bottle more than his (now ex-)wife, eats a glass beer bottle that tears apart his mouth, throat, and esophagus from the inside.
  • Literal Metaphor: Roger's death. "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: The only people besides Tamara to die in the film are the male characters, while Chloe, Allison, and Kisha all live (Kisha is still under Tamara's spell though).
  • Mind Rape: Tamara does this to everyone she touches, but special mention goes out to what she does to Roger, forcing him to experience what it's like being Buried Alive, and to Kisha, exploiting her insecurity over her body. It gets graphic.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: The quotation the pose comes from is referenced by Roger during his Psychic-Assisted Suicide, in which he cuts off an ear (hear no evil) and the tip of his tongue (speak no evil) before finally shoving the box-cutter into his eye (see no evil).
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tamara is made for this trope (mainly due to the fact that she's portrayed by Jenna Dewan), especially during the sex scenes that she had with Bill in the dream that she had during the beginning of the film and with Sean and Patrick at a party during the second act.
    • There is also her Evil Make Over in the second act where she is transformed from a Hollywood Nerd a mousy, withdrawn nerdy (though still cute and attractive, especially the apartment scenes where she has curly hair, a beautiful dress, and makeup on while she goes to visit Bill) girl into a very beautiful Femme Fatale with magic powers and the tendency to wear outfits (such as shirts that have low necklines, short skirts, a corset, and beautiful dresses) that highlight her voluptuous body, buxom breasts, broad shoulders and long toned yet shapely legs.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Nerdy!Tamara actually looks very attractive when she dresses up for her meeting with "Bill". Then, of course, there's her Evil Makeover in the second act.
  • Soft Glass: Averted with Tamara's father's death, in a very graphic manner.
  • Tap on the Head: Averted with Tamara, who is killed when she knocks her head on the edge of a table. Played straight when Chloe punches out Kisha, though, and when Allison knocks out Sean.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Tamara wants this with Bill, much to his embarrassment and eventual misfortune.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Tamara makes Kisha think that she's vomiting to the point where she's coughing up her guts.