One of my favorite movie tropes is that of the mean girls. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. It usually revolves around the popular girls in high school who pick on the loner. Then the tables turn, and the loner gets her revenge on the mean girls. I started to like this trope upon my first reading of the OG mean girls horror book, Carrie by Stephen King. This led me to enjoy other mean girls horror movies.
Recently, I watched two interesting mean girls horror movies. Coincidentally, both were made outside of the U.S., which made them even more enticing. (I love movies from other countries.)
The first one, Sissy, was from Australia.
Sissy is one of those movies that I couldn’t predict. It took turns that I never expected. Not only is it humorous, it also is completely unpredictable. It started out with a reclusive influencer named Sissy whose YouTube channel is devoted to help her viewers cope with stress. It turns out that Sissy has plenty of stress of her own, especially when she’s invited to a bachelorette party at a remote house in the countryside.
I don’t want to give too much away, but what starts off as a mean girls horror movie turns into something else entirely. I really enjoyed this one, especially the unexpected ending. If you like slasher movies of a different type, I recommend it.
Piggy – Another Mean Girls Horror Movie
The next movie comes from Spain. I’d heard a lot about Piggy before I saw it, but the movie still came as a surprise.
This movie follows loner Sara who is tormented by the mean girls (and boys) of her town. It’s brutally realistic, and I honestly found the bullying hard to watch. At the same time, I didn’t find Sara someone to root for. Not that I wanted her to be bullied, but I wish she had more of a personality. I felt sorry for her, of course, but that’s it. But, of course, I wanted to watch the mean girls get their due.
Unlike Sissy, Piggy is a much more somber movie. It’s also less graphic at the beginning. (The end is quite violent.) It’s message, too, is sad: unloved people will look anywhere for love. This makes the main character that much more tragic. The movie doesn’t end on as low of a note as it could have, fortunately, but it still was grim.
Although these movies are both worth a watch, of the two I far preferred Sissy. I love dark humor, and the movie played right into this. I also found Sissy’s character to be much more sympathetic than Piggy’s.
Have you seen either of these movies? Let me know in the comments.