7/28/2020
Credits
  • Director: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer
  • Producer: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer, Albert I. Melamed, Matt Keyes
  • Screenwriters: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer
  • Cast: Heston Horwin, Jillian Harris, Matt Keyes, Kristina Sandev, Leyda Aleyli, Dave Campbell
  • Cinematography: Nicolas Venne
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Reviews

Dead Dicks is a heady horror-comedy with heart. There are some standout beats of breath-snatching gore and horror. Dead Dicks kicks off with a ghoulish premise, revels in outrageous jokes, and then layers in a bracing emotional intelligence in its exploration of family dynamics and mental illness. Dead Dicks tackles taboos, blending trippy horror, irreverent humor, and shocking tenderness to create a film that’s both darkly challenging and wildly entertaining.” – Pajiba

“A relatively small-scale film, Dead Dicks has some loftier ideas than its simple black horror comedy set-up would suggest…one of the most touching, powerful, emotional tales I’ve ever seen in horror cinema. In fact never has a horror movie made me cry. Ever. Dead Dicks did…it touched a nerve within me that NO OTHER horror film ever has…a contender for Top Ten of the year for me.” ***** 5/5Nerdly

“The only thing wrong with Dead Dicks is its title. When you read or hear it, you’ll probably think it’s one of a couple of different kinds of movie—perhaps something smarmy or goofy—and it likely won’t be the one you expect. What it is, is an uncommonly smart, engrossing and dramatically ambitious independent horror/drama, and a major discovery…clearly the work of filmmakers, a cast and craft team with talent to burn. It delivers on the creep factor and keeps us off-balance and intrigued while rooting us in the concerns of its central duo.” – Michael Gingold, RueMorgue 

Dead Dicks is the surprise hit of this year’s Fantasia Film Festival — an ingeniously engineered slash of modern horror that doubles as a poignant family drama addressing topics of dependency, identity, and mental illness. I would imagine that given the title, the dark humour, and the subject matter (not to mention the occasional dismembering of dead bodies), Dead Dicks won’t appeal to a large audience — but that’s ok. Those of you searching for truly original work, look no further. The script alone is a marvel of subtlety and intelligence, and for a micro-budget film made in a span of only ten days, Dead Dicks is funny, unexpected, and engaging. There’s something about the solemn, heartfelt, often overwhelmingly powerful experience of watching Dead Dicks that I didn’t expect. Love it or hate it, this is a hard movie to forget…This is a work of scatterbrained originality with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Dead Dicks is at once funny, touching, compelling, and morbidly watchable. It also boasts one of the best screenplays this year; intelligent, strange, and well, let me stop gushing before I run out of superlatives.” – Ricky Fernandes Da Conceição, Sordid Cinema

The opening few minutes of Dead Dicks may well be the most harrowing and upsetting images committed to film. For some, it will be too much to take, but stick with it and you’ll find an off-beat, occasionally funny, but ultimately thought-provoking piece of art. Once past the very unsettling opening, Dead Dicks plays more like the unbalanced cousin of a David Cronenberg film. At times disturbing, often humorous, but always compelling.” Martin Unsworth, Starburst

Screenings
2019 - Fantasia (World Premiere) (Montreal)
2019 - GrimmFest (Manchester)
2019 - Another Hole in the Head (San Francisco)
2019 - Leeds International Film Festival
2019 - Night Visions (Helinski)
2019 - Blood in the Snow Film Festival
Awards
Fantasia (Montreal) - Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature
Blood in the Snow Film Festival - Best Actor (for Heston Horwin)
Blood in the Snow Film Festival - Best Screenplay
Blood in the Snow Film Festival - Rising Star Award (for Chris Bavota & Lee Paula Springer)
Another Hole in the Head - Best Foreign Film
About the Director

LEE PAULA SPRINGER (Co-Director)

With a background in literary and film translation, Lee has adapted several French-language film scripts (The Sinner, The Tempest), as well as the Spanish-language novel Baile con serpientes into English. After appearing in the short films Even the Darkness has Arms and Zomboni, she moved behind the camera. Dead Dicks is her fourth feature-length screenplay and her directorial debut.

CHRIS BAVOTA (Co-Director)

Chris is an award-winning filmmaker raised on a steady diet of b-movie action and psychological horror. Beginning his career as a screenwriter, he has collaborated with multiple directors on commercial and narrative projects. His first feature-length script Ghastlies was directed by Brett Kelly and released in 2017. Dead Dicks is his feature film directorial debut.

Credits
  • Director: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer
  • Producer: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer, Albert I. Melamed, Matt Keyes
  • Screenwriters: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer
  • Cast: Heston Horwin, Jillian Harris, Matt Keyes, Kristina Sandev, Leyda Aleyli, Dave Campbell
  • Cinematography: Nicolas Venne
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