The film “Dead Dicks” by Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer will be released on the film label U1 Films Berlin on Blu-Ray and DVD as well as digitally on download and streaming portals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The film won an award for “best screenplay” at the Fantasporto International Film Festival 2020, among others. At the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 2019, lead actor Heston Horwin was awarded “Best Leading Actor”. Furthermore, the award for “Best Screenplay” was also won at the festival and the directors Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer were awarded the Rising Star Award.
The character of “Becca” is included in the film at Conn Gerber University, which is an anagram of filmmaker David Cronenberg‘s last name, which directors and screenwriters Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer, cite as a major inspiration for their first full-length feature film.
After receiving an acceptance letter for a new job, Becca (Jillian Harris) is unsure how to tell her unstable and suicidal older brother Richie “Dick” (Heston Horwin) that she plans to move away. When her phone rings one evening and Richie begs her to come to his flat immediately, she suspects something terrible. When she gets there, she finds him dead in the wardrobe – apparently he has hanged himself. But at the same moment he is suddenly standing behind her, stark naked and alive.
He reveals to her that he cannot die and that, despite several suicide attempts, he keeps being reborn through a strange hole in his bedroom wall. But what are they supposed to do now with all the corpses from his earlier attempts and what is actually going on here?
About Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer
Chris is a multi-award winning filmmaker who grew up with B-movie action and psychological horror films. He began his career as a screenwriter and has worked with several directors on commercial and narrative projects. “Dead Dicks” is his fourth screenplay in collaboration with Lee Paula Springer and the filmmaking duo’s directorial debut.
Lee Paula Springer is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Montreal, Canada. With a professional background in literary and film translation, she transitioned to filmmaking in 2018 with her first feature-length screenplay. Her directorial debut, “Dead Dicks“, co-written and co-directed with Chris Bavota, premiered at the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival and won the “Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature Film”.
About Heston Horwin
Heston Horwin grew up in a small provincial town called Fallbrook in North San Diego County and studied acting at Chapman University. For the past 9 years, he has also taken improv and sketch training at the Groundlings School & Theatre in Los Angeles and currently performs in the Sunday Company. He is also a member of the film group Almost Cool, known for the viral YouTube series “Long Story Short” and “Wiener vs. Brain“. Their short films have been featured on FunnyOrDie, 9gag, Buzzfeed and Reddit‘s “Top All Time Videos” list. Heston Horwin can also be seen in the feature films “Rock Steady Row” (“Grand Jury and Audience Award” winner at Slamdance 2018), “Dead Dicks” (“Audience Award at Fantasia 2019”) and “Echoes of Violence” (released 2021). Heston is currently continuing his training at Groundlings and is continually working on new content for stage, screen and web.
“Touching, powerful and emotional.” (nerdly.com)
“A Cronenberg-esque sci-fi piece.” (UK Film Review)
“I promise it will shake you; I can’t promise you’ll like it.” (pajiba.com)
“Dead Dicks is an ingenious and imaginative slice of genre cinema.” (backseatmafia.com)
“Dead Dicks is a Cronenberg-style sci-fi horror that is unexpectedly hilarious and thought-provoking.” (Review / letterboxd.com)
“Bizarre… Captivating… Fantastic…” (Horror DNA)
“Dead Dicks never forgets that it’s a weird Twilight Zone-esque mystery horror film, but manages to convey the drama just as expertly. It’s a truly great film that will make you wince, laugh and maybe even shed a tear.” (mlmillerwrites.com)
Trigger Warning (The Media Handling of the Topic of Suicide)
The media have a significant role in society in the public and individual perception of problems and events. They influence individual and societal attitudes and opinions on suicidality and suicide. Sensitive media coverage can therefore have a preventive effect. The majority of people who consider suicide are ambivalent about this decision. The focus is often not on the wish to die, but on the idea of not being able to continue living as before. The persons concerned are in an extreme crisis-like emotional and psychological state of emergency. In this situation, media reports about suicides can influence the decision or impulse to commit suicide on the one hand, but also to seek help on the other.
Source: National Suicide Prevention Programme (NaSPro)
Blu-Ray | Picture: WS 2.35:1 / 1080p 23,976 | Running time approx. 83 min | Sound formats: German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 | Extras: Original Trailer, German Trailer, Trailershow | Genre: Horror, Comedy | Rating: FSK 18
DVD | Picture: WS 2.35:1 (anamorphic) | Running time approx. 94 min | Sound formats: German DD 5.1; English DD 5.1 | Extras: Original Trailer, German Trailer, Trailershow | Genre: Horror, Comedy | Rating: FSK 18