The Girl in the Photographs

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The Girl in the Photographs is a 2015 American horror film directed by Nick Simon and executive produced by Wes Craven. The film stars Kal Penn, Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Miranda Rae Mayo, Luke Baines, Katharine Isabelle, and Mitch Pileggi. Filming began in April 2015 in Victoria, British Columbia. It was an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2015 in the Midnight Madness category.[1] The film was released on April 1, 2016 in a limited release and through video on demand, by Vertical Entertainment.

The Girl in the Photographs is the last film Wes Craven produced before his death on August 30, 2015.[2]

The Girl in the Photographs The film opens with two young women, Britney (Christy Carlson Romano) and Janet (Katharine Isabelle), exit a movie theater and head in opposite directions. Janet heads to her car in a dark parking lot where one other truck, a blood red bronco, sits. As she drives off the bronco begins following her. As she enters her home there’s a man waiting. He is wearing a mask, no shirt and he attacks her. After tying her up he meets with the second man along with her vehicle. All the while, they’re taking pictures of her.

Next, a man sits at a computer printing out a picture. Colleen is a young woman working at the local grocery store. Arriving early in the morning for work she sees a photograph stapled to the bulletin board at the front of the store. It contains a young bloodied woman, Janet, laying dead on a bed.

The Girl in the Photographs Later that day Colleen goes to the Sherrif’s Station in Spearfish and shows them the photograph. Not believing a crime took place, they tell her to sign a statement and be on her way. She does inform them that this picture is labeled number 7 at the bottom.

In L.A., Peter Hamil, a prior Spearfish resident and photographer is reading an online blog about the same photographs. Assuming that the person taking the photographs is trying to create the «Dead Model» look, he decides to travel to Spearfish. Along with Chris, his assistant, Rose, his girlfriend, and two other models, they head to Spearfish.

When they arrive they meet Colleen at the local grocery store, where she works, and invite her to the house they’re renting for a party. Prior to her arrival she contacts her friend Jill, to meet her at the party. Unbeknownst to her, Jill was kidnapped by the two men who kidnapped the previous girl. In a cage, a man offers her a can of cat food. Angry, she refuses to the food and he goads her into trying to take her cell phone. When she reaches for it, the second man uses a belt to choke her. The first man then uses Jill’s phone to text Colleen, as Jill, that she will meet her at the party.

While getting ready for the party, Colleens boyfriend, Ben, says he wants to see her in which she refuses. After arriving to the party, Peter begins taking her photograph until she pushes him away and goes to her car. When she gets to her car she sees another photograph. The picture is of Jill, mutilated and one eyeball removed. The police arrive and say there isn’t anything they can do.

When arriving home, Ben is waiting and they get into an argument. When he leaves, he gets ambushed by the men and is taken. One of the men enters Colleens apartment, unbeknownst to her, and leaves Ben’s wallet behind. Later, at work, Colleen. Meets one of the men, Tom. After making short conversation, shes approached by Chris and Peter. Peter offers to take her to L.A. and make her a model, the star of his new ad campaign to which she agrees.

After heading home, she packs a few belongings and texts Ben that shes leaving town. When Tom checks Ben’s phone. He sees the message and tells him, his body will fit into two bags. At the house, Peter and Rose head to the hot tub where they’re attacked. Peter is stabbed in the back and Rose is strangled with a towel. Next, the two models are blinded by the flash of a camera and stabbed to death.

In the bedroom, Colleen and Chris are talking and she decides to go to bed. Chris heads downstairs and sees the front door open. After approaching the door, he sees Rose lying on the ground covered by a towel and dead. He runs back inside calling for Chris and tries to call 911 when the power goes out. Using the flash lens from the camera as a light, he walks around the house. Behind him a man approaches and stabs him in the head. Upstairs, Colleen tries to leave the room, but Tom is holding the door shut. She decides to hide when the power comes back on.The Girl in the Photographs  After heading downstairs she sees the bodies and the two men arranging them by the couch. Tom turns and takes her picture he also tells her that he wants her to tie her hair up for second picture. After trying to escape, she is stopped by the second man.

The Girl in the Photographs In the end, we see Brittany heading to work. As shes about to open the store, a photograph is on the front door. Chris, Peter, Rose, the two models are all posed and Colleen is sitting in the middle with her hair tied up.

The Girl in the Photographs
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Simon
Produced by
Written by
  • Nick Simon
  • Oz Perkins
  • Robert Morast
Music by Nima Fakhrara
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Edited by Michael Griffin
Distributed by Vertical Entertainment
Release dates
  • September 14, 2015 (2015-09-14) (TIFF)
  • April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English