Sarmiento & Harel on DEADGIRL – Horror Podcast Interview

Love Bites: Jenny Spain as the DEADGIRL

Love Bites: Jenny Spain as the DEADGIRL

Wow, midnight movies. I know they still happen, I just hadn’t recently heard of anyone basing a distribution pattern solely around the phenomenon. Nevertheless, the producers of DEADGIRL are rolling the dice on it, debuting their film at midnight this weekend (July 24 & 25, 2009), and dispatching the filmmakers and cast to screening cities across the country to get the audiences into the theaters.

Granted, they’ve got the right material for the hour: DEADGIRL is about two teenagers who, while exploring an abandoned hospital, find a naked woman chained to a table and barricaded away in the deepest, darkest regions of the building. Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez), as much of a moral center as this film will have to offer, wants to report the find to the proper authorities. J.T. (Noah Segan) — seeing that the woman is too feral and dangerous to be unchained, that in fact she’s undead and essentially indestructible, and that, anyhoo, who the hell is going to know what goes on in a long-forgotten, makeshift prison? — wants to have some… let’s call it, “fun,” first.

Don't Frack with the Dead: Shiloh Fernandez (right) admires Jenny Spain

Don't Frack with the Undead: Shiloh Fernandez (right) admires Jenny Spain

Directors Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel suggest that this be looked at as a kind of twisted coming-of-age story. I suspect midnight audiences will be too busy having their buttons pushed to get too far down to the subtext. In any case, it’s obvious that Sarmiento and Harel (working from a script by Trent Haaga) can mount a stylish, daring nightmare, whatever the theme. It’s a helluva way to greet the new day.

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Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

One Response to “ Sarmiento & Harel on DEADGIRL – Horror Podcast Interview ”

  1. Thanks for igniting my interest in this film. The description of DEADGIRL on the website for the L.A. arthouse that screened it last night, was so vague and uninteresting that I was going to give it a pass. Your post convinced me to make the effort to get out there, and I’m glad I did.

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