Even the title – DEAD DICKS gets people talking, and more so, thinking what’s a lot of Dead Dicks is gonna look like on-screen?
Dead Dicks is actually a very clever title, funny, yes, but still very clever. Dead Dicks is a new Canadian shoe-string budget sci-fi. Apart from the opening scenes which take place in a bar, the entirety of Dead Dicks is set in a small cramped apartment (already full of Dead Dicks). I think I counted 4 cast members during the film; one a bartender, the other a neighbour in the apartment complex it takes place in. The other two are our main characters, Richie and Bekka.
OK, enough Dick-teasing…here’s what Dead Dicks is about
As we all know, a lot of people called Richie or Richard have the nickname “Dick”…or “Dickey”…anyways, you get the point.
Richie has suffered from a crippling depression that has made him a recluse in his small apartment. Although not intentional, he relies on his sister for almost everything which has held her back from moving away for employment or advancing in any way. She feels that if she isn’t there for Richie, he may take his own life.
The film immediately starts with a suicide…and yeah, it’s Richie! we see him sit at the kitchen table and suffocate himself with a bag until he drops dead. You see, Richie has somehow found out that if he kills himself, then he is then re-born seconds later.
He may come back, alive and well, but his corpse from when he killed himself previously is still laying there lifeless on the floor.
It doesn’t matter how many times Richie kills himself, he keeps coming back. How does he come back? On his bedroom wall, there is a large gaping hole. It reminds him of a vagina and reminds his sister more of an asshole.
So, we get to witness the beauty of birth, only it’s a fully grown man getting born from a vagina or asshole on a bedroom wall. Sounds insane, right? I would have to agree…yes it fucking is!.
But if you didn’t like your films a little insane then you wouldn’t be here on Moviehooker…or reading a review of a movie called Dead Dicks.
This was a solid indie sci-fi. It is very different, stylish, provocative and both tragic & funny.
As you all know, I am a huge fan of indie cinema. Even more a fan of full feature-length films with minimal cast and locations. Dead Dicks has done it all…from almost absolutely nothing.
The directing, acting, camera work, special FX and OST were all superb. And there are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments while still touching on a very serious subject of depression and suicide.
Released via Artsploitation Films
As always, thanks for reading.
Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker