Some of my favourite movies of all time are dark comedies or fantasies. I feel as if I could put on films like Death Becomes Her, The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, and especially Heathers, on an infinite loop while never getting tired of any of them. That being said, a good dark comedy hasn’t been released in a while. Maybe because I have a hard time believing anything better than Heathers could ever come out (though shows that were obviously inspired by it like Jawbreaker and Mean Girls did try).
That being said, there seems to be a dark horse coming up in the running. Playing this weekend at VIFF is Tragedy Girls, a film that appears to be about two normal run of the mill teenagers just looking to fit in, maybe even be a little popular. However, as is evident by watching the trailer, that hunger for popularity shifts into blood lust. Based on my own knowledge of twisted flicks though, I would say that this film doesn’t only take notes from Heathers, but FOX’s hit TV series Scream Queens and Netflix’s Black Mirror as well.
Scream Queens was really one of the first of its kind in terms of a TV series. It wasn’t overtly gory like much of the AHS franchise is; it still managed to retain some fluff. The idea of a group of teenage girls, a serial killer and murder was still there, but it didn’t outshine that fact that many in the main cast were female. It was bloody yet maintained some of the feminine wiles, if that makes any sense. Tragedy Girls appears to be much like that.
I’m throwing Black Mirror into the mix as well because Sadie and McKayla’s entire massacre seems to be based off the idea that they want to be internet famous, as is evident by Josh Hutcherson’s character denying them a promo of their blog (jerk). Like every ‘typical’ teenage girl, all they really want is to have the most likes. If you’ve had the pleasure of watching Black Mirror for yourself, it’s an amalgam of twilight Zone-esque episodes based off of different ‘what if’ situations. What if the world becomes completely dependent on the world wide web, or technology in general and obsessed with their screens? Like Black Mirror, Tragedy Girls gives us the answer to the age old question; what if teenage girls become too dependent on wifi? The answer is obvious, they resort to murder. Duh.
Tragedy Girls plays at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts this Sunday at 1:30pm.