Tragedy Girls Trailer: Heathers Meets the Social Media Generation

The first trailer for Tragedy Girls teases a teen horror-comedy about social media and murder. For each generation, Hollywood seems to produce a new crop of teen comedies that take a look at the hierarchy of popularity in U.S. high schools. From more realistic films like Clueless and Mean Girls, to those verging on satire and horror - like Heathers - the subject of teen girls vying for popularity is pervasive in the movie industry (and, of course, on television). However, with the rise of social media in recent years, the landscape of high school has changed drastically and so too has the definition of popularity - which provides the basis for Tragedy Girls.

The film stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as two best friends and amateur crime bloggers who are looking to boost their online presence. However, when they discover that becoming killers is the best way to ensure they're the first ones on a scene, they go on a murder spree together. Now, the first trailer for Tragedy Girls teases an irreverent take on the social media generation that mixes murder with humor and snark.

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Gunpowder & Sky - the distributor also behind the Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Dave Franco comedy The Little Hours - released the trailer for Tragedy Girls. Read the film's official summary below:

Best friends Sadie (Hildebrand) and McKayla (Shipp) 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 get scoops on future victims would be to murder people themselves. As their social media 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?

In addition to Hildebrand and Shipp, Tragedy Girls stars Josh Hutcherson, Craig Robinson, Kevin Durand, Jack Quaid, Timothy V. Murphy, Nicky Whelan, Austin Abrams, Kerry Rhodes, and Mary Carmen Lopez. Tyler MacIntyre (Patchwork) directed Tragedy Girls from a script he co-wrote with creative partner Chris Lee Hill. Although Tragedy Girls won't hit theaters until next month - just ahead of Halloween - the film debuted at South by Southwest earlier this year to rave reviews; as of this writing, the movie holds a solid 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.

Of course, casual moviegoers will get to make up their own minds about Tragedy Girls once it debuts in theaters later this year. The first trailer certainly teases a quirky new teen horror-comedy and the movie has already been compared to the likes of Heathers, Mean Girls, and '90s slasher flick Scream. Whether MacIntyre has successfully pulled together new and familiar elements of teen comedies and slasher movies for a new classic remains to be seen, but with little more than a month left before Tragedy Girls hits theaters, movie fans will soon find out.

Source: Gunpowder & Sky

Key Release Dates
  • Tragedy Girls (2017) release date: Oct 20, 2017
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