Tragedy Girls – Toronto After Dark 2017


This review was previously published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2017

Two teenage BFFs take their obsession with serial killers to the next step in . Sadie Cunningham (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla Hooper () are two high school seniors, who post videos about local serial killings on their blog “Tragedy Girls.” However, it quickly turns out that Sadie and McKayla are just as sociopathic as the killers they blog about. Taking inspiration from their idol Lowell (Kevin Durand), the two BFFs decide to orchestrate killings to blog about, to very bloody results.

Tragedy Girls is a quite dark horror-comedy starring Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) as two high school BFFs, whose ultimate dream is to be remembered as serial killers. Every person that annoys Sadie and McKayla at school becomes a new target for their murderous ways. However, as the murder start to gain attention from the media, the seeds of jealousy are planted between the girls, especially as Sadie's friendship with Jordan Welch () begins to get closer.

If there was a line that I would give to describe Tragedy Girls, it would be that the film can be seen as a cross between Clueless and Dexter. It is established within the first five minutes of the film that Sadie and McKayla are crazy wannabe serial killers, however the two still stay somewhat likable throughout the film, despite the dark subject matter. While some of the teen and social media talk is a bit much at times, Tragedy Girls also features some quite creative and gory kills. For those who like their slasher films to feature more teenage angst, Tragedy Girls is worth checking out.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.