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Film / The Dead Girl

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An indie film released in 2006 about a murdered woman and the stories of four other women as their lives come together because of her death.

The Dead Girl is split up into five parts which are shown in the following order:

Not to be confused with Deadgirl, a 2008 psycho horror about an undead girl found in an abandoned asylum, or with the novel Deadgirl, which not related to either of these films.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Arden's mother, who is invalid and psychologically and verbally abuses Arden. The events of the film finally give Arden the courage to leave.
    • Krista's step-father, who molested her and was the driving force behind her running away from home as a teenager.
  • Berserk Button: Don't use the Lord's name in vain around Ruth.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Arden asks Rudy to tie her up and rape her in an attempt to emulate what happened to the dead girl. Rudy can't do it because he thinks it's creepy and weird.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Ruth ends up destroying all the trophies her husband (Carl) kept, setting them on fire and even taking off and burning her own clothes.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Krista, although she's given an unusual amount of backstory, fits this trope to a T. She was sexually abused by her step-father, has an illegitimate child in someone else's care that she wants to connect with (but couldn't), and was just the last out of a string of prostitutes who were murdered by the same serial killer.
  • Holier Than Thou: Ruth, who is very religious and goes berserk when her husband uses the lord's name in vain.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Krista is portrayed as one of these. She tries to give her daughter a gift on her birthday, but just can't muster up the courage.
  • Mood-Swinger: He seems cowed and apathetic for most of The Wife, but after being pushed a bit too far by Ruth, Carl shows his horrible temper.
  • Never Found the Body: Leah's sister was abducted fifteen years ago, and Leah insists (to her mother!) that she was raped, murdered and dismembered and then hidden somewhere she'll never be found.