Girls Nite Out ★★★½

While the plot rises somewhat carefully inside of the trail of teen sex comedy that somehow collides with real-world brutality, it’s written and acted by energetic, intelligent people that are game to go beyond automastism. 

While slasher films are historically read as tending toward misogynistic, rarely is that tendency so consistently declared as it’s conviction as in Girls Nite Out. In one way, representing that ideology is necessary. When done well, to reveal it is to repulse the viewer with a perverted form of naturalism.

But to commit to that naturalism while in a bearsuit? To me this marks the films’ intent to respond beyond neutralizing the misogyny with a novelty, but an intent to respond to to the slasher genre of the period as a whole; the genre that made body counts more often than not behind a mask; and that no matter how a mask serves to obscure abject reality, its a commonly locatable hatred behind the mask which more compelling serves to challenge obscurity with a brutality that also must be acknowledged, if not understood by a disgust.