5ive Girls (2006) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Warren P. Sonoda
Producers: Curtis Petersen, Gary Howsam
Writers: Warren P. Sonoda
Date Released: October 10, 2006
Ron Perlman as Father Drake
Jennifer Miller as Alex/telekinetic
Jordan Madley as Mara/healer
Terra Vnesa as Cecilia/psychic
Barbara Mamabolo as Leah/Legion
Tasha May as Connie/Conduit
Amy LaLonde as Miss Pearce
Krysta Carter as Elizabeth
James Kidnie as Virgil
Richard Alan Campbell as Mr. Garrison
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
5ive Girls (2006) is about five girl’s who are sent to St. Mark’s School for girls, where they are heavily monitored by the headmaster. But when the girls discover an unusual pentagram, they must must demonic monsters using their own powers.
With demon possession, gore and blood is expected to come to light. However, most of the gore comes from non-lethal wounds or aftermath which is slightly puzzling as there’s a whole amount of deaths that result from the demon jumping into another body and the previous host collapsing with nothing graphic happening. This really should have been the case where it really amps up the gore to detail the different outcomes of the demons’ attacks, which really could’ve provided this one with some more fun to be had with the more obvious destruction of the bodies. That really could have helped the few actual deaths even more. So over-all not much to expect on the blood and guts scenes.
The Grave Review
5ive Girls (2006) tries to bring back the “teenage rebel” tone that we once saw in the 1990s era of horror films. However, the premise fails to draw us in and is more frustrating than pleasing despite its good cast.
The biggest critique with 5ive Girls is that there is very little character development. The problem with this, is that, as the viewer, you never relate to the character’s on the predicaments that they ultimately become involved in. As a result, it is difficult to become involved or even care if someone meets their demise in the film.
In addition, there were an ample amount of filler scenes which felt more like transitional periods to add time to the film rather than add substance. This too, undermined the overall tone and theme of the film.
There is also a slight message that the film may be addressing. The school girls are dressed in short skirts and there are underwear scenes as well as one scene in which one girl gets hit by a ruler across her skirt. Such scenes may be addressing the uncomfortable issue of sexual harassment and assault within what should ultimately be environments where the staff should be caring and protecting individuals.
Taking all facts into consideration, 5ive Girls (2006) provides generic horror elements without much originality.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Five Girls (2006) two graves out of five graves.
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