Director – Christopher Bickel (The Theta Girl, Vampyras Psychedelikas)
Starring – Morgan Shaley Renew (Housemonster, Boo Hag: Hokus Pokus), Sanethia Dresch (Jurassic World, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), and Shelby Lois Guinn (Unfamiliar)
Release Date – 2021
Rating – 4/5
I’m not going to lie. I was riding a high after I watched The Theta Girl. I’ve seen a lot of amazing indie films over the decade or so that I’ve been reviewing movies but very few left me feeling like my life was incomplete until I had watched that one. When I was done I didn’t watch another movie for the rest of the day. I just spent the rest of my night thinking about it. However, the next day after work I immediately hit play on Christopher Bickel’s follow up Bad Girls. Thanks Christopher for allowing Horror Society and myself the opportunity to check this one out.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows three beautiful prison escapee’s who are making their way across the border with a bag full of money and drugs. However, they soon realize they only one thing could truly make them happy and that’s kidnapping their favorite rock musicians. Hot on their trail is a pair of detectives hellbent on bringing them in to justice. **Spoiler Alert**
I went into Bad Girls not knowing a damn thing about it and was quick to see that Bickel brought much of the same energy as The Theta Girl. It was extremely violent, trippy, funny, and very unexpected. I really fucking enjoyed this wild ride and I can’t wait to see what sort of fuckery Bickel delivers next!
The acting in this one is absolutely fantastic. Bickel has an eye for talent and the cast in this one is absolutely amazing. When I first saw the trailer I was afraid that the characters in this one would be similar to the characters in The Theta Girl. Though they have some similarities they still stand out on their own. The cast does a phenomenal job bringing these unforgettable characters to life.
The story for this one is another female lead exploitation thriller that some would consider a piece of feminist cinema and they would be correct. The male cops in the film are slow and dumb, the male rock stars that the women crush on are very intelligent but not the strongest of men, while the three female characters are the smartest and the strongest. Just like The Theta Girl, Bad Girls is a loving tribute to female lead exploitation films like Thriller, Coffy, Sugar Hill and even more modern releases like Streets of Vengeance. It’s character driven, bloody, funny, and paced very well.
Finally, this one is another bloody mess. We get some visual effects that are fun along with plenty of great practical effects. The kills are not the most memorable, except the accidental shotgun death, but they look good. They fit the film very well and work. Overall, Bad Girls is another must see film from Christopher Bickel. I know he’s a director I just recently got into but he’s one hell of a filmmaker. Bad Girls should be on everyone’s radar. I highly recommend it.