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We cover two very different films that had audiences buzzing out of SXSW 2024, but did “Dickweed” and “Dead Mail” deliver the goods?

Dickweed | SXSW 2024

We recently had the pleasure of attending SXSW, and this week we couple a cover of oddities out of the fest. These two really stood out to us, but did they stand out for the right reasons?

True crime documentaries are everywhere, which would be fine if they were not all so cookie-cutter. The ones that have stood out recently are not the ones with the most gruesome or obscure cases. The docs that tackle the strange and offbeat cases tend to be the most interesting.

Dickweed spoke to us for these exact reasons. Here’s the official synopsis of the true crime documentary, directed by :

Two people got kidnapped. One man lost his dick. No one got any money. This heist gone horribly wrong led one Newport Beach detective on an international manhunt for the most twisted criminal he’d ever hunted.

Kidnapping, prison breaks, torture, and an amputated penis are all part of its twisted tale. The opening is fantastic and does a great job of drawing in its audience.

So, where did it go wrong? Was it the on-the-nose title, which may be the laziest we have ever come across? Or was how it was able to take an exciting story and completely suck any fun out of it? Maybe it is the strange decision to ignore the most interesting parts of the story and spend way too much time talking to one of the most insufferable interview subjects ever.

Whatever the case, Dickweed is incredibly disappointing.

Dead Mail | SXSW 2024

Dead Mail is weird. (What may be weirder is that one of us was actually familiar with one of the strangest parts of the film.)

The plot sounds straightforward enough. A dead-letter investigator is presented with a bloody note requesting help. His investigation leads to a dangerous situation that may be too much for him to handle.

In that simple premise, writers and directors and  construct a tale of friendship, betrayal, and synthesizers that will keep anyone watching on their toes. From the unusual structure of the plot to its emphasis on music, we try to break it all down.

Is Dead Mail too much, or can it find the right mix of avant-garde filmmaking and sheer horror? Tune in to find out!

ABOUT THIS PODCAST:

Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror.

Intro by Julio Mena: Bandcamp | Instagram

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