Fantasia International Film Festival

Fantasia 2017 ‘Tragedy Girls’ – movie review


In a society that is run by social media these days, it’s not shocking the lengths some people will go to get more “hits”. Tragedy Girls give us a darkly fun glimpse into the lives of two death-obsessed teenage girls, Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp), who run their titular online show but want more followers. With a serial killer on the loose, they think they’ve found just how to make their viewship rise.

Directed by Tyler MacIntyre, Tragedy Girls had a lot going for it and managed to succeed for about 95% of its runtime. The concept itself was fun; it really wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibiliy for what happened in the movie to take place in real life (with a bit of suspension of disbelief, of course). The film started off strong not wasting any time in letting us know exactly what the movie was going to be about.

The acting was all pretty well done and the characters were largely likeable, although the two leads did start to become a bit grating to watch towards the middle of the movie, but it’s forgiveable considering it’s about teenage girls. Kevin Durand (The Strain’s Fet) popping in as a semi-main character was a nice surprise, as well. The film boasted some pretty damn entertaining kills, too. They were brutal and bloody and all-around good fun, especially a scene involving a table saw!

Tragedy Girls wasn’t without its flaws, specificially in the way it was paced. Although the film started out strong in the first act, I felt myself losing interest somewhere between the second and third parts where it seemed like the story was starting to become a bit mundane. I also had an issue with how the story seemed to keep the viewer flip-flopping between who exactly we should be rooting for. However, thankfully, the film picked itself back up around the last 20 min and delivered an ending that I feel like anyone watching would be happy with.

Tragedy Girls is a fun entry into the black comedy genre with its unique take on a slasher set in a tech-obsessed world.


TRAGEDY GIRLS os directed by Tyler MacIntyre and stars Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp


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