Here’s an exclusive clip from XX director Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls, now in select theaters and on VOD platforms.
In the film set in an alternate 1995, a mysterious disease has wiped out all of the adults. In this new age, two gangs are pitted against each other in a brutal war for territory, resources and survival.
“Someone recently told me Riot Girls would make a great triple feature with Turbo Kid and Hobo with a Shotgun, which makes me happy because my biggest inspirations for the movie were cult classics like Warriors, Class of 1984, Suburbia, Night of the Comet, and Over the Edge,” Vuckovic tells Bloody Disgusting. “It’s not a horror film per se, but Riot Girls has horror in its DNA — a person like me can’t make a movie like this without horror worming its slimy tendrils into it.”
Riot Girls also shares an interesting connection with a classic horror movie – a connection that received the blessing of the original filmmaker!
“If you look closely, it’s got Easter eggs and nods to horror films all over the place, most notably Gary Sherman’s 1981 film Dead & Buried,” she reveals. “I asked Gary for permission to set Riot Girls in the town of ‘Potter’s Bluff’ because I wanted to suggest that it is the exact same weird seaside town, only years after the events in Gary’s film. He gave his blessing and now the two films are permanently connected, which makes me very happy.
“And then there’s the violence,” adds Vuckovic, who sets up the following footage. “The clip you’re about to see is a scene in which our heroes have ‘borrowed’ a car from a kid named Bacon and are about to cross the border into Titan Territory… and the Titans are bad news. Let’s just say I was thinking about two films specifically for the execution of this scene: Dawn of the Dead and Scanners.”
Check out the sequence below that ends with a bang!
Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Bates Motel) star in Riot Girls, which takes place after a mysterious illness has killed all adults, leaving the town of Potter’s Bluff divided into two factions – the ‘East side’, made up of scavengers, and the ‘West side’, which hoards its wealth in the former high school and is ruled by a tyrant played by Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid).
When Jack (Alexandre Bourgeois, “Departure”), an Eastsider, is forced to kill two Westsiders while on a scavenging mission, he is captured and taken back to the West side where he awaits public execution. Jack’s sister, Nat (Iseman), and her best friend, Scratch (Kwiatkowski), must cross into dangerous territory if they hope to save him. Their treacherous journey reveals not only the power of their love, but the depths of their courage.