Musician and Dangerous Minds-writer Chris Bickel and David Axe, founder and editor of War Is Boring, are first-time filmmakers who have shot the perfect throwback exploitation trailer as part of a funding campaign for their upcoming feature film, THE THETA GIRL.The five minute trailer for the film TEENAGE CALIGULA is a throwback to Jack Hill-style gritty exploitation flicks with classic ’70s style voice over narration. The trailer, produced for $150 and filmed over two weeks served as an exercise to gear the cast and crew up for their feature production, THE THETA GIRL, which will be shot in December.
THE THETA GIRL is a feature-length psychedelic thriller that pays homage to 1960’s art films, 1970’s revenge flicks and 1980’s slasher films. Shot entirely in Columbia, South Carolina with regional talent, the film is a bloody, sexy, atmospheric labor of love.
The plot concerns a take-no-shit young woman, Gayce, who 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.
THE THETA GIRL is a psychedelic horror film in which all the “good guys” are women and (most of) the bad guys are men. It’s an existential sex/drugs/rock’n’roll movie with buckets of blood, lots of writhing bodies and a completely insane soundtrack. It’ll pass the Bechdel Test.
Chris and David have ponied up $10,000 of their own money to make THE THETA GIRL. But they need at least another $7,000 to pay the cast and crew. Today, the filmmakers are launching a 40-day Go Fund Me campaign. Rewards include copies of the film, featured extra roles and even producer credits. Funder’s not only get sweet swag and, for some, a chance to be in a movie — in giving, they also become filmmakers themselves.
David wrote the script for THE THETA GIRL. Chris is directing and editing and pulling together an eclectic soundtrack of coldwave, femme punk, experimental noise, and swamp gospel. The pair have indicated that a feature-length version of TEENAGE CALIGULA is their likely follow-up. Principal photography begins in December for a release date in mid-2017. Check out the amazing trailer for Teenage Caligula below.