CFF: SLAUGHTER TALES w/ director Johnny Dickie


Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:30 PM
w/ Director Johnny Dickie in attendance.

Gloriously-sustained teenage mayhem as Philadelphia filmmaker Johnny Dickie, writes, directs and stars in a bloody homage to the shot-on-video micro-budget horrors of the 1980s.  In Slaughter Tales “Larceny Never Pays” as a shoplifted videotape wreaks supernatural havoc on a young man’s life.  This foul-mouthed, gross-out horrorfest overflows with five stories in which the real and unreal blur in our increasingly-addled protagonist’s mind, leading to hatchet attacks, repeated vomiting and attempted slug impregnation.  Dickie completed this, his first feature, before the age of 15, and it plays like an adolescent take on Fellini’s 8 , an autobiographical mind-fuck of boredom, repressed violence, gallows humor and sublimated lust, filtered through Raimi, Henenlotter and Cronenberg.  Making the most of its $65 budget, this sharply-paced and fluently-edited film has a wonderfully confident and charming performance from its adolescent auteur, who also designed the film’s oozing array of practical effects.  Slaughter Tales was shot primarily in the confines of Mollie’s Books in the heart of the Italian Market and its grimy, video-cam imagery gives this ultimate teenage freak-out an unmistakably down-home Philly flavor.

“I was utterly endeared to this film from start to finish.” – Ain’t-it-Cool-News

The screening will be projected from videotape with the filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A hosted by critic/WPRB Radio Host Dan Buskirk.

Advance tix are $10, no refunds or exchanges.

The Cinedelphia Film Festival is a Philly-centric celebration of Philly film running from April 4-27, 2013.

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