On DVD: Strange Girls
One of the best, most unique horror movies of the past few years is at last available on DVD to freak out audiences on a grand scale: Strange Girls, the audacious feature film directing debut by Rona Mark. Right now, the film is available for purchase on Amazon and other web sites.
Twin sisters Virginia and Georgia Gruczechy have grown up their entire lives in an asylum and haven’t spoken a single word to another human being since they were 6 years old. But, now that they’re adults, they’re released back into “normal” society. The only problem is that not only is their behavior extremely strange — these girls are downright homicidal when it comes down to protecting their freaky lifestyle.
Director Mark shot the film in her hometown of Pittsburgh, which is, of course, the hometown of another important horror filmmaking icon: George A. Romero. Although, Strange Girls is a low-key and subtle horror flick than Romero’s zombie epics. In that regard, one could compare it more to Romero’s Martin, about another bizarre social outcast.
Actresses Angela and Jordana Berliner put in phenomenal performances as the film’s killer siblings. While the girls are virtually identical looking, each sister has her own distinct personality, so that one can easily tell them apart. And the film becomes terrifically complicated when one of them starts falling in love with the boy next door, Oyo (Andre Delawrence Rice Jr.).
Mark strikes a very odd tone with the film that works to the material’s advantage. Events play out more like a drama than an actual horror movie, although the movie has too many horror conventions to not stick it in that genre. There’s also a subtle undercurrent of dark humor that comes out blasting during the murder scenes, yet the story evolves at a slow, measured pace. As the girls’ relationship with the world outside develops, we learn a little bit more about them as people. Psychotic people, yes, but people with both tragically human and inhuman concerns.
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