Tragedy Girls – USA, 2017

‘Friends who slay together, stay together.’

Tragedy Girls is a 2017 comedy horror feature film directed by Tyler MacIntyre from a screenplay co-written with Chris Lee Hill (they previously created Patchwork). The movie stars Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand and Josh Hutcherson.

Two death-obsessed teenage girls use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-west town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends…

Reviews:

Tragedy Girls does so much right that it’s hard to begrudge it for the few things it misses the mark on. It presents itself with such confidence and frivolity as it screams its meth-ed out message to anyone that will listen. A strong cast, quick pacing, and a distinct look all help turn Tragedy Girls into something special. It’s the very best kind of blood-soaked satire.” Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting

“For all of Tragedy Girl’s bloodlust, backtalk, and splatter, it does a shockingly good job of mocking the pretensions of the established elite while jeering at so much of what grates about populist and online conventions. With its sharp-edged political assessment of American culture, Tragedy Girls is a subversive little provocation that clearly establishes itself as one of the year’s best genre film…” Shane Scott-Travis, Taste of Cinema

“The slashing is satisfying, the characters are memorable, and the jokes are genuinely funny — laugh-out-loud funny at times. This one gains almost immediate cult status and is guaranteed to be a fan favorite for years to come. It will leave you feeling satisfied in a way that very few films do, and it’s an absolute joy to watch.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

Tragedy Girls plot is a bit of a mess, and the captive-killer thread is lost for such long stretches that at times it appears to be a leftover remnant from an early draft. But these flaws are largely neutralized by MacIntyre’s bonkers stylistic abandon, as he cuts freely from bubbly high school farce to gooey dismemberment…” Andrew Barker, Variety

“MacIntyre deftly juxtaposes the traditional slasher narrative with eye-popping millennial colors in terms of visual style. He’s careful to strike a perfect balance with the grim and the bubbly, never veering to far over either line. There’s an underlying question posed on the parasitic, detached nature of social media in terms of our ability to connect with other humans, and a late game reveal further complicates that question.” Meagan Navarro, Modern Horrors

Tragedy Girls can be surprisingly gruesome, and its “good things come to those who kill” undertone makes the material somewhat scandalously dark.  At the same time, the script’s smartness, the cast’s enthusiasm, and confident directing make the movie devilishly fun. Tyler MacIntyre has a unique take on how to make horror/comedy intelligent as well as entertaining.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …a wildly entertaining horror/comedy romp that feels exciting and original even as it channels imagery and ideas straight out of Tucker & Dale vs EvilThe Final GirlsCannibal HolocaustHalloween, and more. It’s a smart, funny ride that never shies away from the gooey red stuff – keep an eye out for the best gym-set practical gore effect since Death Spa – as the body count rises alongside the laughs and thrills.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

“If you loved the TV show Scream Queens or stuff like The Final Girls you will wet yourself with glee over this one – a non-stop barrage of camp, bitchy dialogue, graphic murders, 1980s horror movie references and the best Dario Argento joke I have ever heard (in fact possibly the only one).” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

” …let’s not forget what will go down as the film’s main draw and keep viewers coming back again and again; our lead duo of Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp. These actresses steal the show and are so endlessly charming and sport such snappy comic timing that they catapult this minor victory of a movie into full-on classic territory.” Mike Sprague, Arrow in the Head

Main cast:

  • Alexandra Shipp – X-Men: Apocalypse; Occult
  • Brianna Hildebrand
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Craig Robinson
  • Kevin Durand
  • Jack Quaid
  • Timothy V. Murphy
  • Nicky Whelan
  • Austin Abrams
  • Kerry Rhodes

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