The team behind American Girls has released a brand new photo for the film showing off the skills of their special FX team which got me thinking about the ‘true story’ angle and doing some homework on the topic.
What makes this new photo that much more terrifying is the fact that American Girls is not just some story dreamed up by a talented filmmaker and writing team. American Girls is based in reality which makes my blood run cold. Checkout the photo below and lets talk about the true story of American Girls;
We have been following American Girls for some time and I just recently realized that this movie which has one of the most powerful trailers I have seen in years is in fact based on a true story making the terrifyingly creepy trailer all that more scary.
I do not want to give away to much of the story so I will deliberately omit some details but be warned I may be giving away some plot points in discussing the true story of American Girls aka The Bega School Girl Murders
American Girls is based on the true 1997 murders in Australia of Nicole Emma Collins of Bega and her friend Lauren Margaret Barry. They were both in their early teens and died at the hands of two sadistic killers in the worst imaginable way. They were spending a fun night with friends camping in the woods 3 km from their home when two sadistic killers set upon them in the night and not only snuffed out their lives but led them through a sadistic and violent period of suffering and pain.
The men who kidnapped them between the two of them had over 200 convictions. Even more terrifying it would appear that the Bega School Girls may not have been the only victims. I am not entirely sure how close to the true story the film will be but the tagline on their site says;
“The abduction of 2 high school girls decimates a small town and exposes the corruption, greed and murder that lies beneath the demeanor of everyday God fearing people. Inspired by the true story of the Bega School Girl Murders.”
Obviously since the film is called ‘American Girls’ it would appear the films venue has moved from Australia to the United States. Watch the trailer below and be sure to tell us what you think. This film looks to have the potential to be the next big harrowing indie horror film in the grain of Jack Ketchums The Girl Next Door!I have always been mesmerized by true story horror films and I hope this film not only terrifies but pays honor to the victims while educating us on the dangers that lurk behind the eyes of an average man. Do not fear the man in the mask ,fear the strangers with a smile.
What do you think of true story horror films? Do they terrify you as much as they do me? Do you feel they exploit the victims and their families or are they a method of exposing the masses to the terrors that lurk in society? Sound off in the comments!
I for one think that films like this and The Girl Next Door open our eyes to the failures of society and people in the face of tragedy but also demonstrates the strength of the human spirit. Hopefully American Girls lives up to all the hype I have given it.