Girl in the Photographs: Nick Simon’s Dark Crime Thriller
Girl in the Photographs Film Details
Director: Nick Simon
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humor.
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A young woman gets kidnapped, tied up, and humiliated. Her tormentors photographs her while doing this. We then see her later locked in a cage in some kind of barn, where her tormentors pursue her even more, eventually killing her. This is pretty much the premise for “The Girl in the Photographs”.
The town of Spearfish is cursed with a reign of terror. There’s a serial killer on the loose, preying on young women. His method of torture: kidnap and bind his victims, torture them, and photograph their humiliation. Just when you think the madness stops there, the psycho finishes his work inside of a barn or some kind of animal stall, where he presumes to cage his victims, harass, humiliate and torture them more, and then kill them.
The lucky young woman to be selected to piece together the clues is Colleen (Claudia Lee). She is a victim in some aspect. She is not a victim selected for the tormentors’ reign of terror, however, she is more of an observant victim. The shocking answer comes in the chilling, intense ending.
“The Girl in the Photographs” is filled with brutal depravity. You would think this alone would make this film succeed. On the contrary, depravity is not a helping factor here, despite that there is so much of it that it should make you flinch. There is a lot of lingering in this film that makes it loses it’s effect and it’s purpose. Before and after every death and torture scene, there is an unnecessary, over extended lingering scene, where there is nothing but dialogue. It gets pretty annoying and makes you lose focus on the film. There’s so much lingering, I can step away to get me a cup of coffee and keep the movie playing, come back, and they’re still talking.
The ending of “The Girl in the Photographs” is what makes this film worth wild. It’s very chilling and actually makes you raise an eyebrow or change your emotionless expression to one of shock. The person you would not expect to be behind the madness surprises you. So, if you don’t mind surviving through 90 minutes of boredom to finally to get to this chilling 5-minute climax, then definitely give it a shot.
The plot and storyline for “The Girl in the Photographs” is actually very good. It’s different. It’s the execution that really sucks. Somewhere along the lines, the whole purpose to the film gets lost. The last 5-7 minutes of the film is like the heart of the film. There are some scenes scattered throughout that makes you alert, but nothing memorable. All you will remember about this film 10 years down the line, is how shocking the ending was.
The torture and murder scenes in “The Girl in the Photographs” are not horrible, but they’re also not memorable. They’re also not good enough to make an impact. They try so hard in being so brutal and depraved, but not really having that effect.
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