13. 5ive Girls (2006)

five_girlsI am skipping An American Werewolf in London for right now because my little sister would like to watch the end with me. I’ll come back to it later.

Now for 5ive Girls. The IMDB plot summary for this is:

Five wayward teenage girls are sent to a reformatory and discover they possess unique powers to battle the ancient demon, Legion, which holds thrall over the sinister institution.

That is essentially the cocktail recipe for making a movie that I am sure to love. One part demon, one part Catholic school, five parts sleaze, presto! The perfect film. And just look at that poster! Sexy schoolgirls in front of a pentagram. Impossible to screw up, right?

Wrong, unfortunately.

The movie starts off with a pretty awesome scene in which a really pious girl at a Catholic boarding school is doing a bizarre drawing of demons and writing in Aramaic and Latin. Ron Perlman is her Latin teacher, and he thinks her work is so good, so he is totally going to give her an A, although he is a little concerned that she is so focused on passages about demons smashing stuff and pigs jumping off of cliffs.

"Good work, this stupid demon drawing definitely demonstrates to me that you are ready for college-level study."

"Good work, this stupid demon drawing definitely demonstrates to me that you are ready for college-level study."

Unfortunately, as soon as he leaves the room, the door slams shut, a crucifix flies off of the wall, and a demon tries to enter her, but instead she disappears and there is a pool of blood left. Uh oh!

The school closes because of that, and five years later it is being reopened as a school for wayward girls. This school only has one teacher (Ron Perlman), and he only teaches one class (Latin), and the rest of the time they are supposed to scrub floors and pray. I somehow doubt this school is accredited. There is also a mean headmistress who is really proper and seemingly the same age as all of the wayward girls, so she has to do things like strip search them in order to show that she is mean and strict.

"This strip search isn't so bad, because luckily we are all attractive young women and we all wore matching underwear today, because that is the reality of womanhood."

"This strip search isn't so bad, because luckily we are all attractive young women and we all wore matching underwear today, because that is the reality of womanhood."

She also takes blood and urine samples for nefarious purposes, but we’ll get to that later, as if you don’t already know that they will be used in a satanic ritual.

Our hero, a girl with blond hair (it is unnecessary to learn everyone’s names because they all have Quirky Traits so that we can tell them apart), is dropped off by her dad who is a dick and an incredibly poor actor. That is one of the biggest issues with this film – the production values are actually really good for a low-budget film, so the bad acting and poor dialogue are just jarring and make you uncomfortable and bored rather than making you laugh. Anyway, she doesn’t have any personality flaws and is pretty and kind and has special powers. BO-RING.

"Wahhh, please don't drop me at this unaccredited fake school of Satan, it might be a character-building experience and I might have to develop a personality!"

"Wahhh, please don't drop me at this unaccredited fake school of Satan, it might be a character-building experience and I might have to develop a personality!"

Luckily the other ones  are a little more interesting.

This girl is gay and has a Bad Attitude. You can tell because she wears a tank top instead of a bra, smuggles pain meds into the school by hiding them in her butt (don’t worry, the headmistress found them), has a knife/brass knuckles thing (it is a knife that has brass knuckles built onto the hilt, I don’t know enough about weaponry to know if there is a name for this), and says snarky things to everyone. Also she can heal people with her hand.

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I like girls.

There is also a girl who can walk through walls, a girl who is blind but can read tarot cards with her “second sight” (sort of a lame power), and a girl who is a Wiccan and an anarchist even though she doesn’t know what either of those things mean. She does read out of a book with a huge pentagram on it, and has a amulet of protection. Her power is that she is a conduit for spirits.

Have you noticed anything unusual? These girls all have powers! If I wrote this movie, the next half hour would be spent in a montage of them playing funny practical jokes on each other utilizing their paranormal talents, running down the halls really fast, and maybe having a pillow fight or two. That’s not what happens, though.

Instead they figure out that Miss Pierce (the evil headmistress – you do learn her name because she says it 500 times and makes other people say it a lot too) is trying to sacrifice them, and they find a huge pentagram on the third floor, and then they all get possessed one by one, until only the badass and the blond girl are left. They draw two magic circles on the floor so that the demons can’t get them and then they kiss.

Just chillin' in the magic circle, hiding from demons, you know how it is.

Just chillin' in the magic circle, hiding from demons, you know how it is.

The demon does possess the blind girl though and she outsmarts them by bleeding on the circle because that apparently nullifies any magic power that the circle has, and then they run around a lot and the girl who is not blond gets possessed too. Apparently that girl at the beginning was too pure to get possessed so Legion took her into hell, kind of like the Satanic version of the Assumption of Mary (yeah, I went to 11 years of Catholic school, what of it?), and Miss Pierce is actually her sister so she had to sacrifice these girls in order to get her back! It’s because these girls “weren’t wanted!” Or they had special powers! Wait, why did Legion require girls with special powers? There is conflicting information in this film, but maybe it doesn’t matter.

Luckily the blond girl pushes the demon out of the other girl with her telekinetic power, so this happens:

This is Legion being pushed out of the girl

This is Legion being pushed out of the girl

And then Legion has to run around a lot, and it runs into Miss Pierce. The girl from the beginning gets to come back to the earthly plane, and Miss Pierce gets a crucifix shoved up her mouth and through the back of her head.

What the post should prove to you is that Hollywood studios should hire me, because I just wrote about how lame I thought that movie was, and still made it look about 10 times more interesting than it was. Even reading what I wrote above and looking at those screencaps makes me kind of want to watch that movie again, even though I know it is terrible and boring.

Miss Pierce when she takes off that pencil skirt, lets down that bun, and gets to conjuring.

Miss Pierce when she takes off that pencil skirt, lets down that bun, and gets to conjuring.

I glossed over it above, but really, Miss Pierce was the worst actress in the entire world. She is the kind of woman who would play a Satanist in a Lifetime movie about idyllic towns in which children are secretly being indoctrinated by evil cults, if there is a movie about that (I bet there is).

Ron Perlman is supposedly the star of this movie (the poster says so),  but he was really pretty irrelevant.

Scariness: 1/10

Script: 4/10

Characters: 6/10

Production values: 6/10

Anne rating: 4.25/10

Also, here is what Legion looks like when  not possessing someone:

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I know its not very clear, but he is a bloody skeleton.

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~ by Anne Harding on October 11, 2009.

10 Responses to “13. 5ive Girls (2006)”

  1. “Just chillin’ in the magic circle, hiding from demons, you know how it is” is beyond a perfect caption.

  2. Worst but hottest actress goes to Mrs Pierce! She looked like Kim Bauer in a heap of the scenes. Hubba Hubba. My review of this if going up later today.

  3. i fucking love this movie

  4. i liked this movie its actually pretty good if ur a teenager in to horro flicks like me im recofding it tonight on the chiller channel -David

  5. Hey Anne! Sorry you didn’t like the movie all that much — I can tell you that I’m pretty proud of it and it accomplishes a lot of what I set out to do… I just wanted to make a fun, cheeky, Catholic School Girl Movie. I don’t want to hide behind excuses about budgets or shooting schedule — hopefully next time I can make something you dig. I do appreciate the time you took to watch it and review. All the best to you, WPS – Warren Sonoda, Writer/Director/Editor, 5ive Girls

    • Hey, Warren! It may not have been my cup of tea, but then again…who cares? You got a movie made (with Ron Perlman!!), which is certainly more than I can say for myself.

      • LOL — yes, I’ve been very fortunate. Ron was a hoot and gave the film a gravitas that we needed, to counter the whimsy and cheekiness of the girls. I wish I had more than just 1 week to shoot him!… I am really happy that there seems to be 5ive Girls fans out there in the world; it’s always nice to know the work you do is reaching an audience. I haven’t done a horror film since 5ive Girls, but hope to go back to it one day soon — hopefully I’ll do something that can scare and entertain ya a little bit more! Until then, keep enjoying movies! WPS

  6. omg i love this movie:x

  7. you’re really really dumb. “it’s because these girls “weren’t wanted!” Or they had special powers! Wait, why did Legion require girls with special powers? There is conflicting information in this film, but maybe it doesn’t matter.” ……no, you idiot, it was the fact that these five girls were considered sinners, meaning THEY could be possessed, unlike Elizabeth. it had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they all possessed powers, it was simply that they were not pure, or ‘pious’ as you described Elizabeth to be, and were therefore able targets for possession.

  8. Needed more boobs.

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