Plot: Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) are best friends in a small town, desperate to get a piece of social media fame and build a legacy to ensure they’re never forgotten. But they don’t aspire to be models or social justice warriors, instead these girls want to be known for murder. The two run a blog known as Tragedy Girls, where they cover various killers and of late, a serial killer that seems to be active in the area. After extensive research, the girls manage to track the killer, lure him in, and capture him, all to learn from his experience. He refuses to cooperate, so the girls launch a killing spree of their own, hoping the murders will be big news and boost their social media presence. But when the deaths are ruled accidents and no traffic spikes ensue, the girls decide to up the ante and kill in spectacular fashion, while also calling out the local law enforcement. Soon the girls find the online fame they wanted so badly, but will the cost be more than they ever expected?
Entertainment Value: Tragedy Girls pumps some much needed fresh blood into the horror genre, providing a stylish, often hilarious experience. The movie skewers the obsession with social media and the disconnect that obsession can lead to, but never feels judgmental or preachy in the least. I mean, when characters brutally murder their fellow students to boost their Twitter followers, you know the movie has a dark, acidic sense of humor. But if you’re someone who is bothered by social media or those consumed by it, you might be frustrated by Tragedy Girls, as it is steeped in the culture of social media. This doesn’t feel like an outside look at that world either, the movie feels authentic and natural at all times. The movie is powered by Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp, who bring to life one of the best, most memorable female bonds I’ve seen in cinema. The two have immense chemistry and work so well with each other, while the writing helps bolster the friendship as deep and authentic. This is crucial, as their bond is the core of the movie and Hildebrand and Shipp nail the roles, really remarkable work here. I loved the blend of horror and absurd, dark humor, as it creates such a unique, fresh take on the genre. I had a blast with Tragedy Girls and if you have an interest in horror or dark comedies, you should give it a look.
No nakedness. The movie alludes to Sadie giving out dozens of handjobs as part of luring out the killer, but little sex and no nudity are present here. Besides, these girls are too busy with violence to be concerned with sex, right? The movie does pile on some blood however, in absurd and creative kill scenes that never fail to entertain. This includes throat slashing, postmortem dismemberment, a severed head spinning on a power tool, stabbings, gun shots, and much more. I wouldn’t call the movie blood soaked, but it has a lot more bloodshed than you might expect. One of these scenes is just ridiculous, with a wealth of crimson and absurd comic elements involved. So Tragedy Girls delivers on the blood and while it is more comedy than horror movie, it has more than enough horror elements to appease fans of the genre. The dialogue is on point, with colorful, fun characters and a lot of memorable lines. Sadie and McKayla are sources of almost constant sharp exchanges, whether between themselves or as they interact with those around them. The girls are so likable, but also so evil, they’re great creations and the material really lets the characters shine. The movie has a lot of absurd elements, so the craziness is solid in this one. The dark, but hilarious approach to the premise really nails the intended vibe and as such, the movie pulls in a fair amount of points and feels offbeat throughout.
Overall Insanity: 6/10