Film / Tamara

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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Tamara Riley is a mousy, withdrawn girl whose exposure of the football team's steroid use to the newspapers made her the personal enemy of half the school.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.
  • Hot Teacher: Bill. No wonder Tamara wants him. Ditto for his wife Allison, though she's a guidance counselor.
  • If I Can't Have You: Tamara's attitude towards Bill. Later inverted when Bill decides that, since Tamara can have nobody but him, he should kill himself.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Nerdy!Tamara actually looks pretty good 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.

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