‘ Tragedy Girls’

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At first I was put off by the per­for­mances by Bri­anna Hilde­brand and Alexan­dra Shipp in “Tragedy Girls.” Too smug. Too much wink­ing- at- the- au­di­ence. Too much trans­par­ent act­ing.

It was as if they’d seen “Heathers” and “I Know What You Did Last Sum­mer” and “Scream” and “Scary Movie” and a dozen other self- ref­er­en­tial hip­ster-slasher- clever films, and they were “own­ing it” and not act­ing it. My mis­take. As direc­tor/ co- writer Tyler Mac­in­tyre’s bru­tally ef­fec­tive and ra­zor- sharp slasher/ satire “Tragedy Girls” tells its tale, the per­for­mances by Hilde­brand and Shipp be­come in­creas­ingly ef­fec­tive and em­pa­thetic and sur­pris­ing.

I don’t want to over­sell a near- great ★★★ ½ B- movie that is none­the­less a Bmovie. Suf­fice to say “Tragedy Girls” has great fun with myr­iad hor­ror movie tropes. Opens Fri­day at Re­gal City North and on de­mand.

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