Superhero movie scene-stealers Alexandra Shipp ("X-Men: Apocalypse's" Storm) and Brianna Hildebrand ("Deadpool's" Negasonic Teenage Warhead) star as a pair of churlish cheerleaders whose thirst for internet stardom is matched only by their IRL bloodlust. When their sleepy Midwestern town becomes the hunting grounds for a serial killer (Kevin Durand in grumbly slasher mode), McKayla (Shipp) and Sadie (Hildebrand) take the opportunity to capture him. But not so they can bring him to justice. Instead, these enterprising teen terrors want a fall guy for a killing spree of their own.
Pitching dismembered heads and splashes of ropey blood along with biting one-liners, "Tragedy Girls" is a comedy unrepentantly gaga over gore and horror. These self-proclaimed "tragedy girls" (their Twitter handle) whoop and rally over their murder scenes with the kid of ghoulish glee that horror fans share over bonkers onscreen kills. This reflective edge is part of what makes this killer comedy so cutting. On one level, it's a blast to chase Sadie and McKayla as they ditch out on their loving parents to slaughter a self-righteous classmate who dared oppose their prom plans, a deliciously deranged vicarious thrill. But on the other, the script by Chris Lee Hill and Tyler MacIntyre slyly unfolds darker details of their backstory that make it harder and harder to reconcile our affection for these homicidal antiheroines.
This conflict of cute and creepy makes "Tragedy Girls" a rich and wild must-see, full of eye-popping gore, gleeful gallows humor, and addictive attitude. Behold: the new class of bad girls have arrived, and they're badass.
"Tragedy Girls"made its world premiere at SXSW.