Deadgirl is one sick movie. And I mean that in a good way. I think.
Synopsis: Two high school losers (who look 25, by the way) find a shackled dead girl in the basement of an abandoned mental institution (one of my favorite settings). So what do the boys do?
Rape her, of course. Or one of them does, at least. And he brings more horny boys to the party and before you know it it's a gang bang.
But the dead girl is undead. It's unclear if she's a zombie or a demon, but she's definitely supernatural, because she can't be killed. They shoot and choke her and she just won't die. And when she bites off some jock's dick, he becomes undead too (after losing all of his guts). So I'm going with zombie, though it's never stated. She certainly looks and acts like a zombie.
Deadgirl takes viewers to a lot of dark places. It's disturbing, for sure, but what I liked is how it interrogates male power, rape, peer pressure, and misogyny rather than privileging it. At no point do you root for the boys--even though the deadgirl is clearly an "evil" cannibal-animal creature who--if unleashed on the world--would wreak havoc. The boys are in the wrong and impossible to sympathize with. They're stupid, ruled by sex and each other.
Deadgirl is not for everyone. It's difficult to watch at times even though it isn't that violent or gory--you don't see much, but you imagine. I cringed and I am a seasoned horror fan. Heck, I even enjoy torture porn. But the continual abuse of deadgirl hurt because there is so much violence against women in real life. Too many women do get raped.
At its core, the movie is a morality tale, a social commentary. And that's what the best zombie movies do, ask questions about society. In this case, the question is: what would you do if there was no one watching and no consequences? The answer is depressing. Seems like everyone, all males at least, would turn into pervert rapists.
On a side note--I don't want to spoil the ending, but let's just say it was unsatisfying and completely implausible! ACCCK.