The Girl in the Photographs – USA, 2015 – overview and reviews



The Girl in the Photographs is a 2015 American horror film directed by Nick Simon (writer of The Pyramid) from a screenplay co-written with Robert Morast, Osgood Perkins. The film was executive produced by Wes Craven – the last project he produced before his death on August 30, 2015.

Main cast:

Kal Penn, Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Luke Baines, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katharine Isabelle and Mitch Pileggi.

The film was an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2015 in the Midnight Madness category. It had a limited American theatrical and VOD release on April 1, 2016 via Vertical Entertainment.


A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish, starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humour…

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“an impressive work on its own terms; a slow-build that creeps and crawls into a blood-soaked third act that shows the Craven connection might lie closer to his brutal early work thScreen Shot 2016-05-11 at 12.57.38an his later thrillers. But even beyond Craven’s involvement, The Girl in the Photographs decidedly feels like a different beast altogether: an R-rated horror offering with characters and motivations that don’t quite fall into line with what is expected from the genre.” Fangoria

“The makers of the grim, film-school-sloppy horror-thriller The Girl in the Photographs never flesh out their provocative thesis: that photography is a predatory act that allows photographers to control their subjects.” Village Voice

The Girl in the Photographs is also being shopped as the final film credit of Wes Craven, who’s listed as an executive producer. And while that may be factually accurate, anyone buying a ticket expecting either the cleverness or goosebump thrills that the horror maestro once specialized in will feel cheated. Needless to say, Craven deserved a better tribute.” Entertainment Weekly


” … this initially promising premise quickly devolves into an excuse for standard-issue bloodletting, and the film emerges as something best left to undiscriminating VOD streamers and niche festival attendees.” Variety

“The script tries to counter the stereotypes with some sub-Kevin Williamson postmodernism but all this amounts to is Kal Penn’s character starting a sentence with “If this were a movie”. While the acting is universally soap-level poor, Penn brings something even worse to the table. His sardonic snapper is a foul, tiresome creation and every scene he crops up in becomes a slog to endure.” The Guardian


Cast and characters:

  • Kal Penn as Peter Hemmings
  • Claudia Lee as Colleen
  • Kenny Wormald as Chris
  • Toby Hemingway as Ben
  • Luke Baines as Tom
  • Miranda Rae Mayo as Rose
  • Autumn Kendrick as Victoria
  • Christy Carlson Romano as Britney
  • Katharine Isabelle as Janet
  • Mitch Pileggi as Sheriff Porter
  • Oliver Seitz as Trip

Filming locations:

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada