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'A Fate Totally Worse Than Death' is quite a provocative title. In my
country this film is called 'Bad Girls From Valley High' which I think
was made to hide what sort of film this really is.
This film is about three teenage school girls named Danielle, Tiffany and Brooke who are each the closest of friends. They are also vain, selfish and quite mean. They will do anything to get what they want especially Danielle who only has eyes for fellow student Drew and she will eliminate any other girl who becomes attracted to Drew.
Well now these mean and selfish young girls are about to suffer their worst nightmare. Someone has placed a curse on them, and the curse is rapid aging. Their hair turns grey, their skin goes wrinkly, and they become weaker and weaker. So these beautiful teenage girls change into ugly elderly women within a matter of days. They are literally rotting! For such beautiful girls this is a fate far worse than death!
This film had good performances by all the actors. I really liked the high school teacher in this film who is played by Christopher Loyyd a comedian who is best known for his role as Dr Emmet Brown in the 'Back To The Future' films. This film is based on a novel by Paul Fleischman who writes funny novels for teenagers and if his books are this good I might consider reading them. So I recommend this film for anyone who likes comedies about teenage girls.
Having two actresses that I think are really good - Monica Keena
("Dawsons Creek", "Freddy vs. Jason") and Nicole Bilderbeck ("Clueless"
and "Bring It On") intrigued me to watch this film - plus it seemed in
the style of the fantastic "Mean Girls". Instead, the film was a bit of
a let down, though it had some good moments. Julie Benz gets most of
the screen time, and she is pretty decent, while Monica Keena and
Nicole Bilderbeck are good, this is not their best work.
The rest of the cast didn't fare much better. Suzanna Urszulay was uninteresting as the new girl, Jonathan Brandis (R.I.P) was nice to look at, but rather bland, and Chris D'Elia was only funny until he became annoying. Janet Leigh (R.I.P), gives, as usual, a terrific performance in her small role, though I wonder what she was thinking when she signed up for it. Christopher Lloyd is funny as the school teacher.
The film seems to try a bit hard in places, and fails. It also seems of poor quality, for example, when the three girls are in the school, there isn't the usual back ground noise you would expect, and it is very noticeable. There are far worse films that one could watch, but there are far better ones also. Only the actors redeem this film.
I watched this movie circa 2005/2006 and didn't think I wasted my money
on the rental... it was enjoyable.
Do not take it too seriously. It was filmed just off the mark from the 90s/00s boundary in 2000 (which is why it gives off that 90s vibe) and apparently ran into financial difficulties during post production and thus did not get released to the general public until 2005.
It's a typical high school teen comedy flick except with a supernatural / curse theme. The movie is pretty mundane in its use of the "bitch girl" clichés but if you are seriously just looking for a way to kill some time and the chick flick genre is your penchant... this movie isn't half bad.
Although released to video in 2005, "Bad Girls From Valley High" was
actually shot in 1999 and shelved for legal (or financial) reasons. The
plot revolves around three selfish uppity girls (Julie Benz, Nicole
Bilderback & Monica Keena) who are responsible for the death of a girl
(Tanja Reichert) of whom the leader (Benz) is jealous. A year later a
mysterious exchange student appears (Suzanna Urszuly) and the girls
start to wonder if she may be a ghost of vengeance, particularly as
they start prematurely aging. Jonathan Brandis, Chris D'Elia,
Christopher Lloyd and Janet Leigh have important peripheral roles.
It's too bad this movie fell into obscurity because it works well for what it is. It's got the pizazz and quirkiness this type of film requires and a number of laugh-out-loud scenes, plus there's no unnecessary raunch or general obnoxiousness, except of course for the main "Hun" girl (Benz). Tanja Reichert is a highlight, but she appears so briefly she's almost not worth mentioning; and Keena is a cutie but they don't do enough with her. But Lloyd is his usual entertaining self. Brandis would commit suicide four years later and Leigh would pass away in five.
The film was shot in Vancouver (but the story takes place in Washington) and runs a short-but-sweet 84 minutes.
I give it a 4 for effort. This is not a great or meaningful l movie by
no means, but one for a girls night in and a bottle of wine. I actually
watched it with my very mature 8 year old son,
we thought it was funny stupid. He actually asked to change it, but when the girl *tooted* in the gym he got interested, LOL! I love how they threw in a great actor, Christopher Lloyd.
So I would NEVER suggest this movie to anyone, but if you are bored or have nothing to watch or you are just adventurous and curious and just want to watch another movie, then go for it!!!
I gave it a 4 out of ten for effort.
I wanted to watch this movie because it was Jonathan Brandis' "last
movie" so to speak. Well it has very little to do with him or his
acting. They don't even test his acting. Here are my main observations
on this movie.
1) This is a movie just reeking of mid to late 90's culture and it was released in 2005?! That had me rolling. I'm sure this was only released to the public based on the death of Brandis and Leigh which is sad. But dude, is this valley girl type movie dated or what? even for 2005 the people who saw it were shocked to see how much fashion had changed. Nobody cared about Valley Girl crap anymore. It was 10 years since Clueless! I think one girl had a cell phone, it was 2005. This is what happens when you release movies years later. The world goes and changes on you.
2) Julie Benz as a high schooler? She was 28 playing a 17 year old and when you first see her on film there is no getting around the fact she does not belong in high school. Neither does Brandis for that sake. It's so sad. **It's funny to note a year after this came out on DVD she plays Dexter's girlfriend in the hit Showtime show of the same name. That's how dated this movie was, even then.
3) Christopher Lloyd. His pratfalls were relentless and pathetically hilarious. If he died right after this movie we would have felt so bad for him when we saw this. Maybe he was really in the red that year and had to do what it took. Why cast him in the first place? Way too qualified.
4) Chris D'Elia and Aaron Paul are actually very funny in a sub moronic way. Aaron's character is insanely hyperactive to say the least.
5) The end is just cruel and goes against the grain of this thing. Give it a try, it has be seen to be believed.
However, I do like that this movie doesn't take itself seriously and the director clearly used a light hand with this one.
I rate this movie a 5 out of 10. It's just too pitiful and funny to hate this popsickle stick movie. Watch it for Aaron's performance alone.
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I'd give this film a negative score if I could.
It's about 3 despicably moronic, selfish girls who eat chocolate then grow old and die...need I say more?
This film was one of the only bad films my dad has ever recommended and truthfully to this day I can't comprehend why I actually sat through such a disgusting film based around these horrible people. I don't think I'll ever understand it. Just please trust that the title of this film will escape you the second's it's turned off....and that's for the better because you are never going to want to see it again.
Do not see this film. It'll be 2 hours of your life you will NEVER get back. The effects are awful, the concept sucks, the acting sucks and the ending is ridiculously annoying.
It's good to know that Jonathan Brandis and Janet Leigh's finals films
are available for their many fans. Both actors had such talent. Janet's
long career strewn with gem's of her stellar talent. And Jonathan's
shining efforts, tragically cut short, a loss to the film making
community. Final films of many artist are not always what we'd call the
finest examples of their craft. But the fact that two years after their
deaths, that the public still want's to see their work must mean a lot
to their family. I had the pleasure of knowing Jonathan for a brief
period in the 90's and he was the most charming and friendly of
~Jonathan thank you for all your gifts you've left us.~ ~Janet--- you sure could scream!
Put this in the same category as "Death to Smoochy" a movie about
characters that are incapable of eliciting audience sympathy both the
good guys and the bad guys alike. Everyone is wasted in this, and the
prat falls of Chris Lloyd are below Disney Channel standards. The
actress who plays Katarina, though nice to look at, is just a confusing
and ugly mess of traits that seem arbitrary and wholly unrealistic.
This smacks of a cheap Mean Girls cash in, but where Mean Girls had a
heart this has a gaping black hole.
Not a likable or intriguing character among the bunch. Just absolutely terrible. The twist is obvious from the outset, and the ending is beyond cruel given the tone of the film prior to it.
Just an embarrassing mess.
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OK first things first, everything just looked so fake, it was the most pointless movie i ever had to watch , there was barley any story line and the main character looked about 40 at the start anyway, then wen she got changed to look older . u could hardly notice the difference, i watched this movie 4 times because i thought that there may be something to get that only i was not getting, on the final time i watched it with a friend and she was sat there like :S errrrr why are we watching this.. and then it dawned on me ... i really do not know why i would watch this once let alone four times.. this probably will not be useful but all I'm trying to say is. Do not watch it, don't waist you time, its not worth it . you could make up a better movie in your head.
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