It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for thrills, chills and scary creatures roaming the night. No, I’m not talking about Halloween. I’m talking about the 12 Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, taking place on October 12 to 20th at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto. Just like in years previous, Geek Hard will be there to take in all the horror, sci-fi and genre delights. To get you ready for the event, we’ve got a handful of reviews of some of the films playing at this year’s fest. They’re ending off this fest with a film that’s garnered a lot of buzz on the festival circuit, Tragedy Girls.
Directed by Tyler McIntyre, Tragedy Girls follows Sadie and McKayla, two death obsessed teen girls who have aspirations of being social media darlings in the realm of true crime. So how do you get the scoop on real live murders in your town? By being on the scene immediately after. The only real way to do that is to commit the murders yourself. This leads to a killing spree that is nothing short of hilarious.
While the film is a dark comedy that never goes too long without a laugh, Tragedy Girls gives the viewer a very intriguing look at sociopathic behavior. The modern world provides an outlet online for regular folk to gain fame and attention. Sadie and McKayla never quite fully grasp the consequences of their actions because to them, “real life” doesn’t matter. All that matters is that their actions give them an audience on twitter. Even when their own lives end up in danger, their thoughts remain on what this does for them in the digital world. The movie is a black comedy through and through but this social commentary about the importance of the online world in young peoples’ lives is ever present. This is driven home by some sharp, biting satire and deadly performances.
The script by McIntyre and Chris Lee Hill is clever and cheeky and disturbing all at the same time. The dialogue sounds genuine for the age group while still accessible for an older crowd. No punch line is wasted and every moment in this movie is well timed. Thankfully, the performances reach the same level of excellence. Brianna Hilderbrand and Alexandra Shipp shine like stars as Sadie and MK. Their devilish demeanor is intoxicating and enticing to the viewer. You want to see the girls succeed in their plans in spite of the fact that every move they make is more destructive and evil than their last. It’s fun to watch people do bad things. Surrounding these fantastic performances are hilarious cameos from the likes of Craig Robinson, Josh Hutcherson and Kevin Durand. The characters pair well with the many gory gags to deliver an almost note perfect film.
If you want a film that celebrates horror and comedy in equal measure and does so in sinfully brutal ways, you will not want to miss Tragedy Girls. The film closes Toronto After Dark 2017 on Friday, October 20th with two screenings at 9:15PM AND 11:59PM. Tickets are available at the Cineplex Website.
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