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Bad Girls from Valley High (2005)

R | | Comedy | 22 March 2005 (USA)
Three snobbish high school girls prematurely age brought on from a curse, a drug (or something) after the arrival of new transfer student whom they believe is connected to a murder they committed a year earlier. A fate worse than death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danielle
... Tiffany
... Brooke
... Gavin
... Drew
... Katarina
... Jonathan Wharton
Terrance Morris ... Track Athlete (as Terrence Morris)
... Mr. Chauncey
... Mrs. Witt
... Charity Chase
... Sales Girl (as Jennifer Anne Carmichael)
Patricia Idlette ... Woman In Dressing Room
Frederick Pleasure II ... Volleyball Coach
... Girl in Towel
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Danielle is the leader of a clique of arrogant, mean high school girls; she and her rich friends Tiffany and Brooke care only about their pampered selves (although Brooke has periodic misgivings). No one really hangs out with them except a dumb jock named Gavin, and the class nerd Jonathan, and poor Danielle is getting nowhere with the popular guy Drew, even after she and friends accidentally killed his last girlfriend. It's been a year, and Drew still ignores her - but he doesn't ignore the new foreign exchange student Katarina. Since Katarina can't take a hint, Danielle begins plotting her downfall. But there's a slight problem: Danielle and her friends begin experiencing a level of high weirdness in which all three of them rapidly age. This serves to make Danielle more desperate than ever. She'll sacrifice anything, even Drew, to get her youth and looks back. Written by Anonymous

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Highschool can be Hell, but popularity can be murder!

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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A Fate Totally Worse Than Death  »

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The film was originally titled "A Fate Totally Worse Than Death", which is based on the novel of the same name by Paul Fleischman. See more »

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The monitor by the darkroom entrance in the AV room shows that a camera is panning, zooming, and following Tiffany throughout the scene, although it's supposedly coming from a stationary camera since there's nobody else in the room that would be operating it. See more »

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Mr. Chauncey: [after exchange student Katarina explains she is from Romania to the class] Thank you, Katarina. By the way, St. George is in the province of Transylvania, whose main export, other than the Dracula myth, is chocolate. My personal favorite is the cherry filled chocolate crucifixes at Eastertime.
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References I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) See more »

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Fatal One
Music by Philip W. Gough
Lyrics by Robert LoCash (as Bob LoCash)
Published by Tiki King Music (BMI)
Performed by Philip W. Gough & Chris D'Elia
Courtesy of Tiki King Music
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Solid teen (black) comedy
26 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

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.

GRADE: B


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