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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

There'll be Girls. They'll be Dead: Girl House (2014)

Girl House (Canada, 2014)
Rating: ****
Starring: Ali Cobrin, Adam DiMarco, Slaine


When I came about Girl House, I have absolutely no idea what I'm getting into; yes, I'm aware that this is another slasher movie and yes, I was aware it had something to do with porn. But my God, I never knew it'll be this good. Guess it does help not to read about a movie before seeing it. (Sometimes; picture all the cash I would have saved if I knew how bad Sledge was gonna be...)

We open with 1988 Alabama, where a nameless chubby boy was chased and bullied into flashing himself by a couple of girls. This obviously sets him off and we later see him exacting vengeance upon one of the skankerous tykes by pushing her off a bridge.

Skipping to the present, Kylie is a college gal whose father recently passed away; hoping to settle her own tuition as a way to help her mum, she took the opportunity to star in a live webcam voyeur/chat show called Girl House, where paying viewers can watch the girl's daily x-rated adventures inside the titular house, as well as chatting with them mostly for a show.

The house is supposedly unhackable, untraceable, and secluded to make sure no one would dare intrude and harass the girls living there. Seeing this as a fair and well thought offer, Kylie was toured, settles in, and becomes an instant hit during her first live strip show, much to earn the respect of (most) the other girls living there and the site's faithful viewers.

This is when we get to see two of the site's patrons that we should keep an eye at; one of them is Alex, who's bestfriend Ben isn't technically a fan of the site but got drawn there after recognizing Kylie from kindergarden as a flame that he is still keeping alive. Alex plots to have Ben man up and date the girl of his dreams, which is pretty sweet and gave the film a good bulk before the killing starts.

And speaking of which, the other patron is none other than the now-adult fat kid in the opening, usernamed "Loverboy". He grew up a computer whiz (smart enough to undo the Girl House site's complicated firewall system) and was instantly infatuated with Kylie, but judging from the basement full of edited pictures of him and the other house girls in romantic settings, and a life-sized mannequin for kissing practice, its obviously the kind of infatuation that will ends up with a stalking and/or a corpse or two.

The movie took its time building up Kylie and Ben's budding relationship, all the while showing how Kylie is holding up with her new role as a teenage smut celebrity of sorts. But when a chat conversation between Loverboy goes wrong, Kylie and the girls soon face the deranged fan's wrath as he skillfully hacks into the site's security and video system, trailing the house and easily murdering his way through.

This is around the last third of the film and frankly, I think they pulled it up pretty well. Part of why Girl House works as a slasher is that it paces itself fairly, building tension and depthness within its premises rather than exploitation. Sure, there were some softcore scenes where the gals strip for show, but this isn't the main focus of the movie. Instead, it took a good bulk looking into Kylie's character and the brooding of a mad man whose hatred for girls is one sided yet scarring.
Ali Corbin of American Reunion did a fine job as Kylie, giving her a believable take as a teenager with a career choice that is something one would not be proud of but, does everything to make it work eitherways. I find the choice of obscuring the character's strip session wise as it avoid dehumanizing her, hence the sleaze being minimal despite all the sexual set-pieces, something I also came to like about Girl House; it is a slasher film with focus.

Interestingly, the story goes as far as making the Girl House website and house entirely different from your usual smut sites; the owner is fair (and gay), gives the girls all the freedom to do whatever they want with the patrons, meaning they can simply talk with them without ever showing their tits on screen. Not much focus was given on the girls and thanks to this approach, they do come off as meat for murder. A slight flaw from an otherwise perfect slasher film.


Then again, slasher fans should be thrilled to know that this film really its way around a hack-a-thon bodycounter; savagely non-CG slayings, inventive murder weapons, unexpected turns, and a really cool killer get-up, Girl House feels like a 90s slasher with 80s style killings. Since we get to know early who the killer is and why he is doing all of this, I have to admit this made the plot lacking some tension, but the energy put into these set-ups and the fluid camera work helped make up for the loss, brought to life brutality and horror entertainment rarely seen nowadays.

The final result is a slasher movie that deserves to be seen by not just slasher fans, but horror purists as well. Good premise, excellent execution, well-scripted and acted casts, and bloody brutal kills, Girl House is too hot to miss!

Bodycount:
1 girl pushed off a bridge
1 male had his head crushed with a door
1 male seen murdered
1 male seen with a throat cut
1 male seen murdered
1 male seen murdered
1 male had his neck broken
1 female strangled with a chord
1 female had a dildo shoved down her throat, smothered with a length of tape
1 male beheaded with a hacksaw
1 female bashed on the head with a crochet mallet
1 female stabbed through the back with an animal horn
1 male stabbed on the neck with a screwdriver
1 female hacked with a hammer claw
1 female smothered with a plastic bag
1 male found bled to death from stab wound
1 male had his face pulped in with a camera
Total: 17

So Halloween (1978)!

7 comments:

  1. So many awesome new slashers being released...

    And I haven't watched any AT ALL in over a month...

    Silly distracting other hobbies.

    My "To Watch" pile grows ever huge...r(?).

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    1. To be fair, not many new slashers came over the past few months since 2015 started. Well, nothing new AND that good.

      Consider this title a high priority on your list!

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  2. Do you know anything about a movie called Savage Vows?

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    1. The upcoming wedding-themed slasher? not much from my end sadly.

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  3. Actualy, I was talking about a 1995 movie.

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