One of the narrative shorts I got to watch from Dances With Films 2022 was Chicks. It starts as a straight forward slumber party story, where three friends welcome the unpopular girl into their group. Complete with a requisite pajama clad pillow fight in the bedroom that becomes parody when it is shown in glorious slow motion, with a plume of feathers falling down all around these chicks.
But suddenly, like a pillow into your face, Chicks takes on a very strong change of tone. This was a fun twist I didn’t see coming which involves body horror and elements of other genres.
Chicks is a fun horror comedy, oozing with style. It serves as a strong showcase for Writer/Director Geena Marie Hernandez. This short reminded me of the Chelsea Stardust feature, Satanic Panic. Chicks plays off of genre tropes and then subverts our expectations.
The cast all did a great job and felt like an ensemble who really knew each other. Nicole M. Davis shines as Polly, the reserved, new girl the group brings into their fold. Jena Brooks, Lilliana Simms and Maddie Moore play the popular girls with confidence and at times comedic affect.
I recommend you see Chicks, and if you can, at a film festival near you. This really is the kind of raucous, wild ride that would be fun to see at a crowded midnight screening.
Here is what actress Maddie Moore said after the Dances With Films screening, and what they hope an audience gets out of it. “No two people watch Chicks the same way; there’s a moment in the film when Polly has to make a choice, and listening to the audience’s divided reaction to that choice is always so much fun. The less you know going in, the better, but a lot of people have said that Chicks makes them feel “seen.” Ultimately, the film is a story of empowerment, self-acceptance and finding your people. Long story short: if you get it, you get it, and Chicks was made for you. Welcome to the party!”
16th April 2022
Geena Marie Hernandez
Geena Marie Hernandez
THE QUICK SELL
A review of the Horror Comedy short Chicks. This wild story turns the slumber party horror genre on it's head. It is filled with style and humor.