Deadgirl is a 2008 horror film directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel.
When juvenile delinquents Rickie and J.T. skip school to search an abandoned mental hospital, they find something completely unexpected: a young woman, naked and feral, has been left chained to a table in the basement. While Rickie feels that they should release the girl and call an ambulance, J.T. proposes that they keep the girl for themselves, and use her to carry out their wildest fantasies. When Rickie protests, J.T., gun in hand, indicates that he is willing to kill in order to prevent anyone from ruining this opportunity. Horrified and confused, Rickie runs home, leaving J.T. and the unnamed girl behind.
The next day J.T. reveals something even more shocking: the girl apparently cannot die, as evidenced by J.T.'s failed attempts at strangling and even shooting her to death. The knowledge that the girl is undead only further emboldens the boy to use her for his twisted desires, and he even starts bringing other classmates to the hospital to join in. Knowing that they must be stopped, Rickie resolves to free the dead girl by any means necessary... even if he has to kill his former best friend to do it.
Plans for a sequel fell through, though the script for it (released by the writer) is readable here.
This film provides examples of:
- Abandoned Hospital: The location where the eponymous Deadgirl is found.
- Adults Are Useless: Try adults practically don't exist. This movie is like Lord of the Flies with teens in high school.
- All Men Are Perverts: On discovering a zombie, J.T's first suggestion is to have sex with it. All the other main male characters wind up being equally as deplorable. Even the ones that seem nice(r).
- Attractive Zombie: Played With. A couple of obnoxious teenage boys find a teenage girl Flesh-Eating Zombie and decide to keep her as a Sex Slave. Although they obviously consider her attractive enough to do this, she's visibly decaying and scarred.
- Chew Toy: The film mostly revolves around Deadgirl being an organic punching bag as well as a literally undead glory hole.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: While probably unintentionally, the story of a dehumanized, abused girl imprisoned in the basement does evoke the Baniszewski vs the State of Indiana case.
- The Dog Bites Back: Deadgirl does this to Wheeler and J.T upon being freed. Arguably a very twisted case with Rickie and the dying Joann, after she turns him down by telling him to grow up. Soon afterwards, Rickies using Joanns infected corpse as a Sex Slave.
- Downer Ending: J.T. and Wheeler are dead. Joann is dead. Deadgirl is free to roam the world and spread whatever it is she has. And Rickie has the zombified body of Joann squirreled away in the mental hospital to sexually abuse. And in the script for the sequel, the film opens with a news report about how Rickie was the sole suspect in the disappearances/deaths, and ultimately committed suicide
- Entitled to Have You: Rickie shows shades of this toward Joann from the beginning. At no point does her clear and unambiguous lack of interest in him result in him halting his pursuit of her.
- FaceHeel Turn: What Rickie does at the end of the movie.
- Fan Disservice: Deadgirl's actress Jenny Spain is a pretty picture and spends the entire movie nude. But she is also emaciated, covered in festering wounds, has parchment yellow skin, and she is a biter.
- The Ghost: You would think as many times as Rickie's mom was brought up she would have some impact on the plot other besides letting that moocher bum around her house or at least just show up.
- Groin Attack: The Jerk Jock school bully Johnny painfully learns that zombie sex slaves and oral sex don't mix.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: J.T and Rickie. After the duo finds the Deadgirl, their relationship is watered down.J.T: Since day one it's been you and me, J.T and Ricky all the way
- Hopeless Suitor: Rickie on sooooooooo many levels
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Essentially runs the plot. J.T. and Wheeler don't want to give up on their free sex and Rickie is conflicted over stopping them in part because deep down, he wants to be part of it too.
- I Love the Dead: J.T. and Wheeler have no problem continuing their sexual abuse of the titular dead girl even after the realization that she's a zombie.
- Jerkass: Aside from Rickie and Wheeler (somewhat) and a few of the adults that do appear, everyone. J.T borderlines sociopathy with the first thought he has when finding the Deadgirl to bang it, the bottom mentioned Jerk Jocks, and even Rickie's love interest, Joann, who seems to find his interest in her as an annoyance and seems to treat him with great distaste despite defending him repeatedly.
- Jerk Jock: Johnny and Dwyer.
- No Name Given: The dead girl's name and back story remain a mystery throughout the film.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The type and origin of the dead girl's condition is not revealed. While she appears driven to try to bite her captors, whether this is in an attempt to eat their flesh or simply as a means to escape is left unclear. Her bite is shown to infect others, however, which J.T. plans to use to find a replacement for her.
- The sequel script demonstrates that she does eat her kills, or at least one. It also demonstrates that like Return of the Living Dead, the Deadgirl-turned zombies and possibly Deadgirl herself are virtually unkillable: neither complete dismemberment or even complete bodily destruction (via a wood chipper) kills them; the mess of flesh slurry on the ground just keeps wriggling 'like a mass of bloody maggots'.
- Rape as Drama: The central conflict of the movie is a zombie sex slave.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: There are some very good reasons why Deadgirl should never be released, but J.T.'s reasons for doing so are nothing short of deplorable. Likewise, by wanting to free her, Rickie at least shows his heart's in the right place.
- That being said, any time Rickie suggests not raping Deadgirl, his reasoning is that they'll get in trouble, not that it's morally wrong.
- Sex Is Evil: Played with. The teenager's sexual impulses drive them to horrible crimes.
- Sex Slave: The Deadgirl.
- Smoking Hot Sex: J.T. fires up a cig right after raping the restrained dead girl in one scene.
- Tap on the Head: Averted. When J.T. and Wheeler try to acquire another girl, they lure a prostitute to their car and whack her in the back of the head with a tire iron. She just stands there for a moment before turning around, a blank look on her face and dark blood beginning to stream down from her scalp. She then proceeds to open a can of whoopass on her two assailants and take their money.
- Teens Are Monsters: Hormone Addled Teenager + Sex Is Evil = this trope
- Too Dumb to Live: It seems like every little decision Rickie makes causes everything to take a turn for the worst.
- Wheeler as well when he tries to cop a feel on Joann, resulting with an enraged Rickie cutting his hand off.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Rickie is shown doing these.
- Villain Protagonist: J.T and to a lesser extent Deadgirl herself. And by the end of the film, Rickie as well.