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Tragedy Girls

1 h 38 min201718+
Sadie and McKayla are high school best friends on a mission to make their local-crime-reporting social media presence a household name. They soon realize that the best way to get the scoop on a murder is to, you know, murder people.
Tyler MacIntyre
Alexandra ShippBrianna HildebrandJack Quaid
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Timothy V. MurphyNicky WhelanKerry RhodesKevin DurandCraig RobinsonJosh Hutcherson
Anthony HoltArmen AghaeianEdward MokhtarianCameron Van HoyTara AnsleyCraig Robinson
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4.3 out of 5 stars

233 global ratings

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Slasher DivaReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If I'm Going To Be Murdered I'm So Happy It's You!
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This film is a smart, at times hilarious Slasher\Dark Comedy about 2 girls who have a website called (Tragedy Girls) It takes on social commentary focusing on what some people will do to get followers on their online blogs YouTube channels etc.

McKayla and Sadie go to great lengths to commit and conceal the perfect murders so they can capitalize and write about them all the while blaming a serial killer named Lowell (Kevin Durand) they have captured and keep under lock and key.

The kills are brutal, splatterific and the gore Fx are very well done and fun to watch. Throughout the movie there are many horror movie references thrown in to give it somewhat of a (Scream) flavor to it.

Things start to unwind for the girls and it's a fun ride watching the rest of the film play out. I think it's one of the best genre films to come along in quite awhile. I seriously recommend buying it because you're going to want to see it again and again.
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M.A. KleenReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fresh, trendy take on the horror genre
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In Tragedy Girls (2017), two teen girls set social media on fire by kidnapping and unleashing a pet serial killer. Will they—or their friendship—survive this newfound notoriety? Written and directed by Tyler MacIntyre with contributions by Chris Lee Hill, Tragedy Girls is a fresh, contemporary take on the genre. MacIntyre and Hill also collaborated on several other projects, including the horror-comedy Patchwork (2015), and the film undoubtedly benefited from their rapport.

Sadie Cunningham (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla Hooper (Alexandra Shipp) are high school cheerleaders who run an unpopular true crime blog. They hatch a plan to kidnap local serial killer Lowell (Kevin Durand) and convince him to work together. He refuses, so Sadie and McKayla opt for plan B: commit sensational murders and blame them on Lowell, all while increasing their readership with exclusive inside information on the crimes.

The plan goes awry when Lowell convinces McKayla that Sadie wants to take all the fame and notoriety for herself. He eventually escapes and tracks Sadie to her friend Jordan’s house. Jordan (Jack Quaid) is son of Sheriff Welch (Timothy V. Murphy). He has a crush on Sadie but suspects McKayla is really the serial killer. Lowell stabs Jordan, but Sadie wakes Sheriff Welch and he chases Lowell off.

The girls’ rift deepens as Sadie and Jordan fall in love and McKayla continues her life of crime with Lowell. I won’t spoil the ending, but Tragedy Girls concludes with a fiery prom night that will make anyone sensitive to the topic of school violence cringe. The film’s ending reinforces the notion that attractive, popular girls are perceived as incapable of being vicious killers.

Tragedy Girls tries to upend the traditional horror movie trope of male killers attacking female victims. Here, the killers are teen girls and their victims are predominantly men. Coupled with the relationship between two best friends, it’s stylistically similar to films like Jennifer’s Body (2009) and Ginger Snaps (2000), but without the supernatural elements. However, it shares with Ingrid Goes West (2017) the theme of social media triggering insanity.

The use of murder to accumulate Twitter likes and followers is a unique and interesting plot device. Research has shown that posting and interacting on social media produces dopamine hits to the brain, which can be very addicting. It’s not unrealistic to think someone already predisposed to homicidal tendencies might act on them if they believed it would bring additional fame through social media. There is a well-established connection between school shooters and terrorist groups, for instance, and seeking “internet notoriety.”

Violent killers are predominantly men, and female killers prefer more “subtle” methods like poisoning. Tragedy Girls at least tries to acknowledge this reality, and Sadie and McKayla resort to trickery and manipulation or surprise rather than brute force. Only by working together do they overcome their prey. By incorporating these believable elements, Tragedy Girls’ already outlandish premise avoids being too over the top.

Tragedy Girls saw a limited release in theaters and only grossed $62,000 at the box office, though it won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. It currently has an 81% favorability rating from critics and 67% from audiences on RottenTomatoes. It’s a shame this film didn’t receive wider release. I thought the interaction between the lead cast was great, and the dialogue was sharp and witty. I’m looking forward to seeing future projects from these filmmakers.
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bugmanReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
celebrating tragedy
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tragedy girls (2018). mckayla and sadie are high school seniors who happen to be obsessed with boosting their online presence by any means necessary, which, in the case of this beautifully rendered movie, involves running a site called tragedy girls, which chronicles local serial killer activity, takes the local police to task, and speculates on who will be next. do the girls simply report on what they are uncovering, or are they somehow driving the news?

i don't need to connect the obvious dots here: what part does the media play in reporting/encouraging violence; what are the impacts of violent media on its' consumers; and is this movie a lot like heathers? while there are some surface connections between these two brilliant, cynical films, tragedy girls is, in my estimation, much darker. these gals, unlike veronica, are pretty much without remorse.

while i can see how some might call this a horror comedy--and it is very funny--i don't think it is a comedy at all. the attitude of our (anti)heroes suggests a level of dissonance with basic human compassion that is kind of unsettling, if not outright terrifying. in fact, the beauty of this movie is that, creative slasher deaths not withstanding, it is about the relationship between two young women as they navigate the mine field that we call high school. sure, some boys get in there to add some confusion, but these gals are ultimately much, much smarter...and much more willing to go to the edge. to this end, alexandra shipp is a utterly brilliant as mckayla, strong, resourceful, funny, and an utter sociopath. brianna hildebrand as sadie is a little icier than shipp, and she struggles the most with who--and what--she is. but when push comes to shove, she knows where her heart belongs. i found the end very, very satisfying, especially as a few things cropped up that made me think they might take the easy route. they didn't.

finally, tragedy girls excels in its' inclusion of incidental diversity, which, to me, means that there is a general feeling of inclusiveness throughout. different races and ethnicities are well represented, it passes the bechdel test many times over, and the backgrounds are filled with interesting and intentional design. it's also awesome that the leads in this movie were free from being overly sexualized. in fact, i think this is true of all the women in this movie. the music is absolutely outstanding, and adds such a lovely flavor to this movie, a movie that sells the disruptiveness of tragedy, while ultimately--and gleefully--celebrating its' upheaval.
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Kristen LongReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Even if this is free, value your time and skip
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The characters just seemed out of sync and very unlikeable. Usually with these films at least the villains can be fun and campy and these were just boring, obnoxious teenagers who you we're hoping would get killed off 30 minutes in. Thankfully Amazon has a huge catalog of much better movies.
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Christopher MurrayReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
When Bad Things Happen to a Great Premise
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Two teenagers kidnap a serial killer hoping that he will take them on as his proteges and transform them into the next dynamic duo of murder. I'm hooked...then the rest of the movie followed, and well...

I came here after discovering this film through Jess in a WhatCulture countdown, and it sounded great. This smart, bloody, and most importantly, FRESH take on the slasher genre had everything going for it except its leads. Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandria Ship (X-Men) have no chemistry. Their scenes, independent of one another, are magnificent (especially Alexandria's scene with Josh Hutcherson), so it's clearly not that they're devoid of talent but more that there's no connection between them. A film about the power of friendship would do best to cast two actors would believably hangout offscreen.

The supporting cast is sooo good, especially Greg Robinson (The office, Hot Tube Time Machine), is laugh out loud funny, and Jack Quaid (The Boys) plays a fantastic quirky love interest.

With hilarious kills and just the right amount of camp, this movie worth the watch but set your dial to Slumber Party Massacre, not Get Out.
KateReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film. I want a sequel like yesterday
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Great film. I want a sequel like yesterday. Doesn't sexualization the girls and isn't gross, which is remarkable for a horror film. One of my new favorite movies. Both actresses are awesome and lovely but McKayla's actress has such a remarkable charm. I've loved Sadie's actress for a long time but was glad to find a new actress t look out for!
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Melissa somewhere in KentuckyReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
lol Storyline was a bit off the wall and a tad unbelievable (aka funny in a twisted way)
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Bought this movie because parts of it were filmed in my hometown. My daughter and many locals were "extras" in the filming - although I didn't see any in the actual movie that I knew. lol

Storyline was a bit off the wall and a tad unbelievable (aka funny in a twisted way).
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MovieGuyReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Its a horror comedy and definitely on the silly side ...
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Its a horror comedy and definitely on the silly side. There are a few cringe worthy moments (not because of gore but rather the silliness of it). Its entertaining though.
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