Death Clique Proves All Lifetime Movies Should Be Teen Lifetime Movies

Lifetime movie Death Clique April 2014

Oh, did I just say murder? I meant exactly that. Ashley decides they really need to “get rid of” Sara so she’ll stop being such an annoying third wheel. Jade thinks this means ignore her or put her hand in water at a slumber party or defriend her on Facebook or something. But what it really means is lead Sara to an empty warehouse, stab her repeatedly, and leave her there. Needless to say, Jade is very upset, especially when Ashley’s all, “Oh by the way, you totally helped me do this, and we’re absolutely in this together. Murder buddies 5eva!”

The next morning Sara’s parents Lana (Barbara Alyn Woods) and Paul (Bruce Thomas) are understandably worried about her, because she’s run away from home before, and she was very unhappy about being grounded. So unhappy, in fact, that she updated her fake Facebook page to say “parents suck!” They go to the police, who track Sara’s phone. Unfortunately Ashley has planted it on some innocent truck driver. Meanwhile, Lana and the police try to piece together what happened by questioning Jade and Ashley, who change their story approximately 5 billion zillion times but basically say that Sara told them she wanted to run away. After being questioned one too many times, Jade decides she doesn’t want anything more to do with Ashley. I shouldn’t have to tell you that Ashely is not happy about that.

Lana also takes it upon herself to ask Ashley’s drunk mom Tina (Michelle Clunie) what happened the night Sara disappeared. Ashley walks in on their conversation and says that she was home all night, but that Jade (who is now Ashley’s mortal enemy, remember) went out to talk to Sara, and her mom saw her come back in. Tina thinks she remembers seeing both Jade and Ashley come in, but she was a convenient-for-the-plot amount of drunk that night, so she can’t be entirely sure.

Jade finally gets tired of lying and feeling like she’s about to vomit all over everyone out of nervousness, so she tells Sara’s parents what happened. They call the police, who find Sara’s body and arrest Jade. Unfortunately Ashley has already taken it upon herself to break into Jade’s house and plant the murder weapon there. See, Jade? This is why you always stay friends with your murder buddies. The police take Ashley in for questioning but let her go, since they don’t have any concrete evidence against her.

But everyone at school gets the murder vibe from Ashley, so they start spreading the rumor (which isn’t really a rumor since it’s very, very true) that she’s the killer. This intrigues the guy who tried to get into Sara’s pants, who probably has a name but I didn’t bother to remember it because he was so awful (he’s played by Connor Weil, though, whom I have nothing against). He invites her to the spring fling, a type of dance which I’m pretty sure only exists in movies.

While Ashley’s at the dance, Lana talks to Tina again and tries to convince her to tell the truth, even if it means her daughter will be in trouble. Ashley comes home to find her mom pouring her booze down the sink and finally standing up for herself. She accuses Ashley of killing Sara, and Ashley confesses to it in the classic villain way — by screaming that she’ll kill her mom just like she did her. Cue Lana and a police detective popping out from behind a wall like, “Hey, thanks for the confession. That was really helpful.” She’s arrested on the spot, and when Lana asks why she killed her daughter, she gives another classic villain response: “I don’t know.” Lana slaps her on behalf of everyone watching, and she’s taken away.

We end the movie with Sara’s parents admiring the memorial people have set up at their house. Lana takes a pair of ribbons off the tree and lets them free in the wind. This almost ruined the whole movie for me because ahhh littering, but I got over it and declared this one a winner. I’d like to order more fictional teen murder in the near future, Lifetime. Thanks a million!

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    • DonaldDPotter

      There’s a moment later where she seems to flirt with a girl who then runs off to her boyfriend like a skittish animal, leaving Ashley looking sad, so that might mean the answer is yes? Since when did Lifetime movies decide to be subtle?

    • Cbalducc

      I haven’t heard of ANY of the players in this movie!

    • Jana

      All Lifetime’s murder teens movies are alike. Same type of plot, same bad writing, same horrible acting styles. I wish they would switch it up a bit.

      • Cbalducc

        Even when there’s a new Lifetime movie, most of the time you have already seen it.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        New slogan alert!

    • mizdjohnson

      This is based on a true story. Two of the actors played on Soaps.

      • Brittany Clarke

        I think it’s based off the skylar neese story but they changed it around a bit.

    • Cuddlecup

      I wish they would have let us know what happened to Jade after Ashley confessed.

    • Cbalducc

      Tina Ivlev, the Russian-born actresses who played Mean Girl Ashley (isn’t that such a typical Mean-Girl name?) is a twentysomething. I guess that explains her, er, mature behavior.

    • Phoenix

      This isn’t a fictional teen murder story. It was inspired by the Skylar Neese murder. Get your facts straight before raving.

    • Phoenix

      Ps, those girls are in prison now. Their trial was like 6 weeks ago.

    • glove

      What happened to Ashleys dad? She referenced him..but no more info. This was a very sad story just seemed unreal. I also get the impression Ashley has done this before. killing seemed way too easy for her…would’ve been nice to have them dig up other stuff she did. .also.lets be real..that truck driver would’ve been nailed in real life..sad but true.

    • bri

      This movie is nothing like the skylar neese case. It’s based off that case but they changed way to much. It’s a good movie. But since it’s based off real events they should have made it more similar and not changed everything like they did.

    • Dave

      Jill O’Rourke you should be ashamed of yourself for missing the “inspired by true events” at the beginning and not bothering to look up the story this was based on. I just stumbled on this older article because I saw that the Google summary featured your title “…Fun Teen Movie”. Seriously, learn to be a better journalist, gather some facts, and most of all, have some compassion. Quite frankly, nothing is fun about teen murder, murder in general, or fun about this film. Perhaps I viewed the film from the perspective of knowing it was roughly true, but I’m still thinking you’re a bit twisted.

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