tragedy girls

Fantasia 2017 Review: ‘Tragedy Girls’ A Delightfully Brilliant Twist on the Slasher Genre

Slasher films often are played out with no originality. So when a modern day one comes a long with a brilliant twist, you can’t help but sink your teeth into it and hope it will be worth your time. Tragedy Girls was shown at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 29th. Let’s discuss whether it’s worth a viewing or not!

Tragedy Girls is a horror comedy directed by Tyler MacIntyre and is co-written by himself and Chris Lee Hill that is based on the screenplay by Justin Olson! The film stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games Franchise), Craig Robinson (This is the End), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games), and Timothy V. Murphy (Appaloosa).

Official Synopsis:

A twist on the slasher genre following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

So, did I love this film? YES! I loved everything about it: the unique plot, the eccentric characters, and the brilliant ending. This is the type of story that brings life back to horror. A film that fans want and will love.

The story starts out with two teenage girls who seem rather innocent, but they are from that. They run a blog called “Tragedy Girls” and not only have a thirst for fame but blood as well. The story develops smoothly, never too slow or too fast, building the tension and leaving the audience wanting more. What will they do next?

Move over Billy and Stu, there’s a new killing duo in town and they’re not about to get caught: meet McKayla (Shipp and Sadie (Hildebrand)! Ahh, these young actresses were extraordinary and their chemistry was exceptional. Quirky psychopaths with a love for killing and looking fashionable while doing it! They were also knowledgeable about the horror genre and made references to several movies throughout the film – always a plus! 

The ending was the best part though. It’s prom night and the perfect setup for something crazy to go down. Just when you think it’s going to go one way, it throws you for a loop and sets your ass on fire! Plus, a special twist is revealed and is disturbingly delightful.

Overall,  Tragedy Girls is one of the best horror comedies I’ve seen in a long time. It delivers on all points and will have you wanting to watch it again. Tyler MacIntyre is a talented director/writer and I can’t wait to see what he does next along with Shipp and Hildebrand. I would love for them do more horror movies in the future! Check out Tragedy Girls when you can, I promise you won’t be disappointed with this one!



About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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