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 ...
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Three space women land on Earth in search of sexual energy to fuel their spaceship and get back home. They befriend a lonely farmboy who helps them on their plight, all while evading their mortal enemies, the Scrotes.
Brian K. Williams
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.
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 »
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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