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Pretty Dead Girl (2004)

  Directed by: Shawn Ku
Written by: Shawn Ku, AnnMarie Milazzo
Starring: Christian Campbell, Christina Souza
Links: Pretty Dead Girl on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating)
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"Pretty weak" - a review by pearly

Pretty Dead Girl is a short musical about a guy named Mortie (Christian Campbell) working at a morgue who has an unhealthy obsession with all the pretty dead girls that come through the place. Just stop for a second and picture that. Remember, I said musical.

This film relishes in the fact that it is whacky. The topic is a little creepy, and the delivery a fair amount over-the-top. The story is, in a roundabout way, reminiscent of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996). The Juliet in this case is Viola (Christina Souza), a young nurse who falls for Mortie, and, realising he only loves dead girls, gets herself some poison from a Chinese herbalist.

Pretty Dead Girl is meant to be kooky and a little left of centre, and its charm rests firmly on this. I thought it was pretty stupid though, and, for a short film, much too long. I was sick of all the singing quite early in the piece, and from there, I just sat and waited for it to finish.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 13 Aug 2004

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Reader comments

  1. it was a bit long for a short, but the singing was quite well done. i don't understand the comment of getting sick of the singing, it's a musical. That means music, singing, dancing, all that jazz.
    the movie is a bit left of center, a bit on the wacky side and it definately exploits this fact.
    I couldn't stop watching, and some of the scenes were memorable.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from alan (http://www.twenty-four.net) on Tue 26 Jul 2005 15:57 #

  2. This was a great short. I loved it. It was a terrific blend of obsurdity and originality.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Ray on Wed 15 Feb 2006 10:26 #

  3. I agree with the other comments, this is a wonderful musical short, and I especially agree with not understanding how the review got sick of the singing. Duh!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Rob Greenstein on Sat 11 Mar 2006 16:31 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.33 (3 ratings)

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