What would happen if the popular cheerleaders in high school also happened to be the newest serial killers with an obsession with social media popularity? These are the important questions that Tragedy Girls sets out to answer.
As someone who was a teenager in the 1980s, I was around when the teen movies from the John Hughes style to the darker films such as Pump Up the Volume and the cult-classic Heathers. Finally films were addressing teenagers in some way other than candy coated perfection, and it was refreshing to see as Generation X tried to figure out what it was.
Flash forward to the modern day and I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like being a teenager in a always-on, hyperconnected world. How do you set yourself apart? How fo you deal with someone else in your school having far more followers than you on Twitter?
Well, hopefully you don’t take the route of the @TragedyGirls pair and decide serial killing is the answer.
We recently had a chance to sit down for a quick conversation with Tragedy Girls producer Cameron Van Hoy who admitted that the film takes its inspiration from the likes of Scream, Heathers, and Jawbreaker, and we have to agree that none of this is a bad thing.
The Tragedy Girls are made up of McKayla Hooper and Sadie Cunningham, played respectively by Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand. If they appear familiar to you, it’s with good reason. Shipp played the young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse while Hildebrand was Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool. All of the girls want is to be huge stars on YouTube and Twitter, and if it means killing a few people, so be it.
Tragedy Girls will begin rolling out to 50 venues on October 20 and 27, and then it will expand out to 100 and then add additional venues based on performance. The reviews so far from screenings at SXSW and other film festivals is positive, and it seems like a film that is right up our alley around here.
Now… who can I kill to gain a few more followers…