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The Theta Girl (2017)

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Gayce, a take-no-shit young woman, deals a hallucinogenic drug called "theta," facilitating an audience for her friends' all-girl rock band. When Gayce's friends are brutally murdered, she ... See full summary »

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Christopher Bickel

Writer:

David Axe
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Cast

Credited cast:
Victoria Elizabeth Donofrio ... Gayce
Shane Silman Shane Silman ... Brother Marcus
Darelle D. Dove Darelle D. Dove ... Derek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Amason Mike Amason ... Papa Shogun
Christopher Bickel Christopher Bickel ... Young Papa Shogun
Aaron Blomberg Aaron Blomberg ... Brother Bobby
Aaron Blomberg Aaron Blomberg ... Brother Bobby
Kenneth Briere Kenneth Briere ... Leonard
Shawn Dell Corley Shawn Dell Corley ... Gus the Bartender
Quinn Deogracias Quinn Deogracias ... Yolanda
Nick Dunn Nick Dunn ... Sound Guy
Caley Fleming Caley Fleming ... Victoria
Stanford Gardner Stanford Gardner ... Gayce's Dad
Nikki Gonzalez Nikki Gonzalez ... The Entity
Brice Hall Brice Hall ... Dex
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Gayce, a take-no-shit young woman, deals a hallucinogenic drug called "theta," facilitating an audience for her friends' all-girl rock band. When Gayce's friends are brutally murdered, she must solve the mystery behind the murders and protect herself from the killer. She discovers the connections between theta and the murders - and learns a terrifying truth. That the world -- indeed her whole reality -- is not as it seems.

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She brought the pills. He brought the kills.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Columbia, South Carolina, USA See more »

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$14,000 (estimated)
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2.35: 1
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In the scene prior to the climactic showdown between the two main characters, Gayce smashes a liquor bottle on a tombstone that reads "Golightly." The stone served two symbolic purposes: One, it is a direction for her to "go lightly" which she ignores by smashing a bottle over it. Secondly, it is a reference to Holly Golightly, the archetypal Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Gayce, being the "Anti version" of the MPDG, smashes the trope by smashing the bottle. Actress Victoria Elizabeth was superstitious about smashing the bottle on a gravestone, and did not want to do the shot. The bottle smashing is done in close-up with director Christopher Bickel, wearing Gayce's coat, doing the smashing. See more »

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Derek: That stuff makes people go crazy!
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Atmospheric, well-shot indie horror
4 November 2017 | by jim-salter-jrsSee all my reviews

The Theta Girl was shot by a neophyte director with an amateur cast and a budget of $14,000. Normally, script aside, you'd expect this to translate to horrible audio and over-lit, harsh "soap opera" visuals with terrible shot composition.

This is absolutely not the case here. The Theta Girl ranges from gritty, dark streets to warm sunlit gardens, and the visuals never skip a beat. The overall visual motif is grindhouse and grainy - and it's achieved flawlessly. The shot composition is good, and the audio is frankly fantastic. Technically, this movie was a hell of an accomplishment regardless of budget - it feels more authentic than Tarantino's grindhouse, without feeling cheap. The soundtrack is also really excellent, and integrates well into the feel of the film as well as its story.

The story itself isn't perfect - in particular, some of the characters with the most screen time just aren't well developed - and the acting can be a little hit and miss. Both are far better than you'd expect from an indie shoestring horror flick though. The premise is genuinely interesting, and the cast clearly cares about what they're doing. Probably the biggest legitimate complaint would be the fight choreography, which is next to nonexistent - but the film is strong enough to stand without it.

If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and watch The Theta Girl. It's a wicked trip.


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