Title: Girls Gone Dead

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Year: 2012

Genre: Horror / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 103 min

Director: Michael Hoffman Jr., Aaron T. Wells

Writer: Ryan Dee, Michael Hoffman Jr., Meghan Jones

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1884318/

Good-girl Rebecca decides to break free from her mother's overbearing religious shackles and spend her first college Spring Break with her former high school cheerleading friends. The six gal pals head to a summer home down at Daytona Beach to have a wild and care free week. Except that all changes when a masked killer with an axe decides to ruin the fun for everyone.

Our thoughts:
I have to admit, I didn't have much of an interest in "Girls Gone Dead". Nothing about it stood out to me -- it was just another horror movie coming out as far as my interest was concerned. Ultimately I checked it out because Marcus Koch did the FX work on the movie so at the very least, I knew the blood would be entertaining.

As you can imagine "Girls Gone Dead" is a very typical slasher: It's spring break, a group of girls have a beach house all to themselves and they plan to have a salacious good time. Drinking, possibly drugs and hopefully some random hook ups. Even when a masked killer slaughters a beach party being thrown by the company responsible for the Crazy Girls Unlimited video series, doesn't stop our group of wild and crazy girls. That is until the killer goes after them! dun-dun-dun-duuuuuuuuuuun

The typical and cliché nature of "Girls Gone Dead" is the one thing that I actually liked about the movie. This is the 2012 version of "Slumber Party Massacre" or "Sorority House Massacre", only with more comedy and is a bit more self-aware. The movie wants to show you boobs and blood, and does nothing to hide this fact or make it appear to be anything else. No twists or turns. No commentary on anything, not even on horror movies themselves. This is an unapologetic nod to 80's b-slashers.

One thing that I found respectable is that when the masked killer shows up to pick off our collection bikini clad coeds, some of them actually fight back. SOME of them. Others do the typical scream, fall and die routine because all slashers need to have those moments, but it was nice to see some of the girls attempt to stand up to the killer. The rest of the runtime is spent on being an entertaining piece of horror-trash by giving the viewer what they expect these days: laughs, memorable kills and boobies.

After the movie was over I still felt indifferent towards it. I didn't hate the movie but it also didn't do anything for me either. It was an okay time waster at best. Some of the acting was bad (in particular one character and actress was severely annoying), some of it was decent, it did have some entertaining moments (a guy throwing a midget at the killer in an attempt to save his own life) and it worked very well as a genre-basic slasher (good killer, fun kills, etc.). As long as you're not expecting a whole lot out of "Girls Gone Dead", and I really doubt you are, it should be a decent or entertaining time waster for everyone else as well.

Positive things:
- Accepts it's simplistic existence of boobs and blood.
- Fun kills.
- Great FX from Marcus Koch.
- Jerry "The King" Lawler!
- The movie looked good for what it was -- the color correcting was well done.
Negative things:
- CGI fire is bad, m'kay?
- The main group of girls did become obnoxious fairly quickly. You can only listen to a gaggle of girls being snotty and calling each other a slut (and any other variation) or a bitch for so long.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 1/5

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