Tragedy Girls is the story of a group of teens who decide to use social media in order to become famous serial killers, or something along those lines… The trailer is fascinating, and this paired with the psychological thriller Ingrid Goes West might be the indication of a new subgenre of horror cinema: the social media horror.
Check out this trailer:
“Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to up get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?”
It has all the familiar high school dark humor of Heathers, and a healthy dose of teen gore, only the landscape has been vastly upgraded to show obsession with media, internet fame, and followers. There was that film Unfriended, a decent horror with a ghost haunting a video chat space; but this, and Ingrid Goes West where Aubrey Plaza plays an internet stalker, indicate a burgeoning sea change for what popular horror might be over the next few years.
Tragedy Girls could be the tip of the spear, a.k.a. the moment when these new social media thrillers haven’t become tepid, saturated to the point of absurdity. That shouldn’t take long, so enjoy a movie like Tragedy Girls before the imitators come calling.
It will open October 20th.