Movie Review - Girl House
On the face of it, Girl House seems like just some soft-core porn version of some generic horror film, with nothing more to offer than buckets of blood and plenty of T&A. But underneath the surface is a well-executed homage to the slasher-genre that manages to reflect on the theme of misogyny by challenging easily identifiable pre-conceived notions to manipulate the audience's emotions. It's actually kind of brilliant. Or maybe I'm reading into it too much, and the film makers just wanted this to be a really fun and sexy slasher film. Well, it works like that too. So if either of those sounds appealing to you, than I highly recommend you check it out. Either way, Girl House is now available on iTunes and VOD and I certainly think it's worth the "price of admission".
MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO CONTINUE!!
Of course, I'm kidding, but it's certainly in the spirit of the film, which centers around a "Big Brother" style mansion whose residents consist entirely of beautiful scantily clad women whose everyday lives are put on display for perverts around the world. But in a world where millions of anonymous viewers are able to interact with you whenever they want, it seems inevitable that some lunatic is going to become obsessed. And when the worst case scenario unfolds, it becomes a frantic fight for survival.
I don't want to say anything more than that, even though the plot is nothing you haven't seen before. But that isn't to say the movie is derivative, in fact it wears its' influences proudly on its' sleeve and is chock full of nods and winks to the genre films that inspired it. From Friday the 13th to Halloween, the film makers clearly grew up on a steady diet of 70's, 80's and 90's slasher films. Don't be fooled by the premise, this isn't a found footage movie, though there is plenty of POV camera work. Writer Nick Gordon and director Trevor Matthews manage to balance both styles perfectly, which is part of the reason this film works so well. The movie is sleek, sexy, and at times completely hilarious. It's an absolute blast.
Lastly, the cast was solid all around. Ali Corbin is the perfect leading lady for an archetypal film like this, she is the perfect mix of both innocence and sex appeal, and able to convincingly portray both convincingly. And the ensemble of Alyson Bath, Elysia Rotaru, Alice Hunter, Chasty Ballesteros, Nicole Fox, and Zuleyka Silver as her housemates and friends each bring something unique and add character to the overall ambience of Girl House, so the film manages to feel three dimensional despite its' overly simplistic nature. Finally, rapper Slaine nails the part of Loverboy, portraying his journey from a sad and pathetic nobody to a sociopathic madman, and yet never letting the film lose its' sense of humor. I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable.
If you're in the mood for a tongue-in-cheek homage to the slasher genre that also just so happens to be filled with gorgeous naked women, than Girl House is the movie for you. It's available on iTunes and VOD now, and I highly recommend it. Cheers.
- Leo Francis