The Watching Hour: Deadgirl
USA, 2008, 101 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of Age, Horror
Digital presentation - Rickie and JT are high school outsiders, bullied by jocks and despised by the in-crowd. Though both would rather drop out than bear this never-ending misery, Rickie chooses to stay, if only to catch fleeting glimpses of JoAnn, his childhood crush and the current girlfriend to the captain of the football team. Then one afternoon, while cutting class, the pair makes a bizarre discovery in the darkest depths of an abandoned hospital—a beautiful young woman, neither living nor dead, strapped to an operating table. Horrified by their find, Rickie flees, while JT stays behind to satiate his darker appetites. Soon, however, the pair’s secret slips out to the worst person imaginable, and what follows is a series of gory confrontations that test Rickie’s loyalty to both JT and JoAnn. Since its premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, no horror film has generated more buzz than Deadgirl and deservedly so. Co-directors Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel took a script many in Hollywood felt was “too shocking to produce,” yet the finished product is a chillingly complex and accomplished fright flick that skillfully pushes the limits of explicit violence and sexuality without ever slipping into the exploitative.
DIRECTOR: Gadi Harel, Marcel Sarmiento
US Distributor: MPI Media Group
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