“The Theta Girl”
An Existential and Violent Horror Film
First-time filmmakers David Axe and Christopher Bickel bring us a gory drug-induced mystery with “The Theta Girl”. In the opening sequence Theta Girl, Gayce (Victoria Elizabeth Donofrio) walks the streets at night and this sets the tone for what is to come. Gayce tries to sell a hallucinogenic drug called Theta that brings about a metaphysical experience that is shared with other users. However, after an intense trip, Gayce’s friends are brutally murdered and it’s up to her and her dealer, Derek (Darrelle D. Dove) to find and stop the killer.
The film explores surreal explorations of consciousness and apocalyptic nihilism through the use of local music (the film was shot in South Carolina), bloody practical effects, and without care for to the viewers’ comfort levels. We see rampant drug use, full-frontal nudity, gay and straight orgies, and gory death and these are all tied to conflict “between a religion-fueled murder spree and a lust for righteous spiritual revenge.”
The acting, especially Donofrio as Grace and Shane Silman as Brother Marcus, is excellent. We see that a low budget film can still be a quality movie. Of course, it has some rough spots but it is completely entertaining in all of its aspects.
“Theta” was considered to be a “fun drug” until Gayce’s best friends get methodically and brutally murdered and she realizes that she must do something about it. The film is filled with “sex, drugs, punk rock, brutality, gore, revenge, and self-actualization.” It is an assault on the senses.
The story is reminiscent of the 60s and 70s with the themes of “turning on, tuning in, and dropping out.” We have bad trips, naked orgies, horrific murders, God, and the nature of reality.
When Gayce decides to find out more about the drug, the movie becomes weird and things get disturbing. The film explores the surreal explorations of consciousness an as it does we see rampant drug use, full-frontal nudity, both gay and straight orgies, and gory death as well as a conflict between a religion-fueled murder spree and a lust for righteous spiritual revenge.