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'Girl in the Photographs' fails to develop beyond a minor horror film

'Girl in the Photographs' fails to develop beyond a minor horror film

There's an intriguing premise set up at the beginning of Nick Simon's horror film "The Girl in the Photographs." Young supermarket clerk Colleen (Claudia Lee) is tormented by grisly snapshots left for her discovery by a serial killer in sleepy Spearfish, S.D.

She matches the composition from one of the bloody photos of a young female victim to a provocative ad for "American Clothing," and therein lies the film's proposition — a comparison between the objectification of fashion photography to the brutal and bloody crimes of a small-town murderer.

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