Troma’s Newest Slasher Was Directed by a Badass 17-Year-Old Girl
Troma, an indie film mainstay that’s been churning out schlocky horror films for over 40 years, might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But their upcoming movie BC Butcher offers something that more mainstream movies, particularly mainstream horror movies, don’t–a female director. And a teenage one at that!
A press release explains,
The first inductee into, “The Troma Institute for Gifted Youth”, a prestigious new program created to honor prodigious filmmakers internationally, is Lloyd Kaufman’s best protege, the now 19 year-old Kansas Bowling. Bowling is set to release her first feature length film, B.C. Butcher which was written and directed when she was only 17 years old.
The movie, which was filmed in Bowling’s father’s backyard, is being billed by Troma as “the first prehistoric slasher film”:
The story is prompted by an act of dissension by a member of an all female cave-tribe leads to her sacrifice and mutilation by her fellow tribeswomen. When a beast of mythical lore uncovers the body he falls in love at first sight and what follows is his homicidal rampage to avenge the death of his corpse-bride.
Again, that plot obviously won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, considering the gender politics slasher films typically deal with, I’m even more excited to see Troma fostering the work of young diverse directors. Obviously having a female director doesn’t guarantee that I’ll automatically enjoy a film or agree with its depictions of women, but it does mean that Troma is supporting the voices of people who aren’t typically represented by the film industry, which, as a regular practice, I think inevitably leads to more compelling movies.
Unfortunately, as of now you’ll only be able to check out B.C. Slasher if you’re a subscriber to TromaNow. Hopefully Bowling’s work will be more widely available sometime soon!
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