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|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Ca. 95 min.|
|Rated:||18 years and older|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German (Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.35:1)|
|Bonus:||Trailer, program tips|
|Label:||Concorde Home Entertainment|
Film: What to do when money is tight and studying is extremely expensive? Then we need a lucrative part-time job. The young college girl Kylie (Ali Cobrin) seems to have found it in the so-called "Girlhouse". In the secluded villa she can live, get food and a decent salary. All she has to do is have herself filmed every step of the way - with as little or no clothing as possible. Actually, Kylie has no problem with posing for strangers on the Internet when she can use it to finance her studies. What she doesn't suspect is that the mysterious user LoverBoy (Slaine) starts to take a special interest in her. And since a traumatic experience in his childhood, he doesn't get along well with it when you make fun of him. But when that happens, LoverBoy leaves the virtual world and becomes a deadly real danger for Kylie and her colleagues...
"Girlhouse" has all the ingredients of a classic slasher. In the opening sequence, you experience the birth of the killer in the best "Halloween" manner, who will later wear a mask when he is murdered. There's a strong heroine, a little naked skin, and of course a lot of murders. They don't turn out as bloody as we are used to from other representatives of the genre, but they are staged quite effectively. Even though there are movies like "Girlhouse" like sand by the sea by now, the movie still stands out from the crowd in some aspects. This doesn't make him a classic like the films that are clearly quoted here. But director Trevor Matthews has always succeeded in creating an entertaining and in every respect worth seeing representative of the slasher film with his directorial debut.
This already starts with the choice of the actors. Ali Cobrin doesn't deliver Oscar-quality performance and her good looks certainly didn't play a minor role in the casting. Nevertheless their game doesn't seem as wooden as you can see in this genre all too often. Adam DiMarco, who plays Kylie's swarm Ben, is also very charming and pleasantly natural. The two of them would be allowed to survive the events and then become happy together. And then there's Slaine, who plays the killer (who doesn't look like on the cover of the disc!!). His "Loverboy" is a very menacing killer, even if you feel sorry for him in the first minutes of the movie.
On the other hand, the other inhabitants of the title-giving Girlhouse don't get much chance to prove their acting talent and have to limit themselves to holding their bodies slightly or not at all covered in the camera. Especially the male viewers will probably complain less about that, but in comparison to the main actors there is a clear difference in quality in terms of talent. But even that doesn't really have a negative effect on the movie - and that's not because of the textile poverty in the house. No, it is rather a continuous, slightly ironic undertone that turns the young women's play from unintentionally funny to amusing. Moreover, the movie generally benefits from the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously and primarily wants to achieve one thing: to give its target group what they expect.
And even though the slasher scenes are comparatively discreet as already mentioned and some genre fans might have expected even more naked skin, "Girlhouse" still delivers all in all. The movie is entertaining, amusing, but also thrilling and technically absolutely solid. Not a masterpiece that reinvents the genre, but an all-round successful representative of the subject, which despite many well-known set pieces is never boring. And there is a very clear one for that: Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + Sound: The picture of the DVD pleases with a good overall sharpness and a very atmospheric coloring. Since the black values and contrasts are also well balanced, the gloomy mood of the pictures can unfold fully, especially in the second half of the film. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is primarily dominated by dialogues and is rather unspectacular overall. In some scenes, however, targeted surround effects not only provide a little dynamic in the multichannel range, but also a pleasant goose bump for the viewer. Good!
Extras: Unfortunately the Blu-ray does not have more to offer than the trailer and further program tips of the provider.
Fazit: "Girlhouse" is in itself a standard slasher, as it existed in the 80s and 90s in masses. However, a slightly self-ironic undertone, the technically very good realization and the surprisingly good play of the main actors make the movie a very pleasant surprise for all genre fans. The DVD presents the film in atmospheric picture and sound quality. Only in terms of bonus material does the disc disappoint. But all in all the movie is enough to make the DVD "recommendable".
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