7/28/2020
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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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This light-hearted, metaphysical sci-fi horror film is a bizarre celebration of death, resurrection and insanity. Think Harold and Maud meets Groundhog Day as directed by Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad). Richie is a suicidal young man who, every time he kills himself, finds himself very much alive but with a dead body of him in his apartment. His sister comes to the rescue, but as the bodies pile up, the pair think that a vagina-like opening in Richie's bedroom might hold the answer.
Reviews

“I stress that despite parts that may be funny, Dead Dicks is no comedy … unless comedies have started carrying suicide-prevention PSAs before minute one. Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer make a loud splash with a high-concept mindfuck operating on little more than two brave, believable performances and the hard-charging assault of Tusk & Bruiser’s melodic post-rock to chart their arc…ingenuity reigns throughout.” Rod Lot, Flick Attack

“An entertaining trip from beginning to end.” – ScreenRant

“A nifty blend of the tragic and the absurd.” – Jay Seaver, EFilmCritic

“The most impressive aspect of Dead Dicks though is in the writing (credited to both directors Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer). It’s an incredibly sensitive topic that is handled exceptionally well from cast and directors alike…” – HorrorDNA

“A heartbreaking piece of cinema…a tragic, emotional tearjerker wrapped up in an intense blend of horror, sci-fi and dark comedy.” – HorrorCultFilms

A Cronenberg-inflected science-fiction piece. Come for the gore-laden sci-fi, stay for the movie’s substance on mental illness.” UKFilmReview

Dead Dicks is an ingenious and imaginative slice of genre cinema.” – BackSeatMafia

Dead Dicks is a heady horror-comedy with heart….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

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

“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…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 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 filmdisturbing, 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
2019 - Boston SciFi 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.

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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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