‘What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?’
Bad Girls is a 2021 American underground feature film about three teenage girls on the run after robbing an exotic dance club.
Directed by Christopher Bickel (The Theta Girl) from a screenplay co-written with Shane Silman, the Films Colacittà production stars Morgan Shaley Renew, Sanethia Dresch and Shelby Lois Guinn as the titular “Bad Girls.” Cleveland Langdale and Micah Peroulis play as two cult rock stars kidnapped by the girl gang. Jonathan Benton stars as a geeky hotel clerk swept up in the madness. Mike Amason and Dove Dupree star as oddly-paired FBI agents following the wreckage of the girls’ cross-country crime spree. Produced by Crystal Colligan.
After robbing an exotic dance club, three desperate teenage girls lead a misogynistic Federal Agent on a lysergic cross-country chase, scoring a duffle bag full of money, drugs, and a crew of willing kidnapees along the way…
“Bad Girls is an underground film produced by amateurs in South Carolina for $16,000 — “about one-half of the catering budget for a typical made-for-TV movie,” Bickel proudly indicates. The majority of that budget (some of which was raised by crowd-funding, some came from Bickel’s day-job in a record store) went to pay the cast and crew a modest daily stipend — something which director Bickel cites as being “of utmost importance to keeping harmony on set.”
Citing influences as diverse as Jack Hill, Russ Meyer, Greg Araki, R Kern, John Waters, and Robert Downey (Sr.), Bickel has crafted a vision more than just the sum parts of those influences — it is something unique in current underground cinema.
“These are characters people haven’t seen before, interacting in a violent world that is almost-but-not-quite our own,” says director Christopher Bickel of the “exaggerated reality” of the Bad Girls universe. “When you’re making a movie for the cost of a used car, you’re forced to get creative with the storytelling in ways that Hollywood focus-groups don’t allow. You won’t find BAD GIRLS in a Walmart because it doesn’t belong in a Walmart.”
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