The past couple of years have been really great for independent horror films. Just the past year alone has seen such great little gems as Excision, American Mary, Sinister, The Day, The Tall Man, Chained, and many more. Thanks to the folks at Anchor Bay, many smaller horror films are finding their audience where they may not have ever had the chance. Anchor Bay has become one of the greatest supporters of independent cinema, especially horror, in recent years. Their latest acquisition is Austin Chick’s Girls Against Boys.
Shae (Danielle Panabaker) just found out the married man she has been dating is giving his marriage another chance and leaving her in the dust. Shae can’t seem to find a man who is a decent person, always ending up hurt after every relationship burns out. Shae meets a fellow bartender at work named Lu (Nicole LaLiberte) who offers to go out with Shae for a night of drinking and forgetting about men. After a long night of alcohol and dancing, Shae is assaulted by a seemingly harmless man she meets and turns down the advances of. After calling Lu and reporting the assault to the police, Lu suggests they take care of the situation themselves. They track down the man who assaulted Shae and exact a gruesome revenge that Lu seems to already have a taste for. But Shae isn’t sure if blood soaked revenge is really for her after all.
First thing to mention, Girls Against Boys looks spectacular. I was shocked at how phenomenal this film looked, easily on par with most studio pictures and really well filmed. Performances were also top notch right across the board. Panabaker and LaLiberte were both great and played off of each other very well. LaLiberte has a nice edge to her that shines the moment she appears on screen. Panabaker, who I also liked very much in The Crazies, is also excellent as the normal everyday girl who gets a taste of pure vengeance and likes it. She balances the characters need for reprisal with her desire to be normal with great ease and charisma. The story is a brutal one and does get into some nasty territory, but it is very well written, paced, filmed and acted. There is much fun to be had in the revenge scenes and Girls Against Boys totally holds its own against other films in the cult favorite sub-genre.
The Blu-ray from Anchor Bay looks exceptional. Clarity and detail are excellent throughout, colors are bold yet natural and the soundtrack is clear and well defined. The look of the film definitely belies its modest budget. Girls Against Boys is well worth checking out for genre fans.
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