Official Selection: SXSW, Boston Underground Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival.
“You’ll laugh, and feel bad about yourself for laughing, but just long enough to get sideswiped by the next punchline (or gutpunch, as the case may be). TONE-DEAF is acrid, caustic satire, but hard to shake off.” - Oscar Goff, BOSTON HASSLE
“A tight little horror film about the current culture wars being waged between the red and blue ends of the political spectrum.” - Dierdre Crimmins, RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE
Tone-Deaf marks the return of electrifying auteur Richard Bates Jr, who dazzled us with his ferocious Excision, Suburban Gothic and Trash Fire. His latest film presents a bleakly hilarious allegory, lampooning our delusional society in the age of Drumpf, and inciting us to burn it all down. After losing her job and imploding her latest relationship, millennial Olive (Amanda Crew) heads off for a peaceful weekend in the country. Unfortunately, she rents a house from Harvey, (Robert Patrick) a widowed, angry-with-everything MAGA senior who's struggling to hide his psychopathic streak. Soon two generations collide with terrifying results in this home invasion horror that doubles as a darkly comedic critique of today’s bizarre cultural and political climate. The film’s ensuing bloodbath is laced with rapid-fire dialogue, venomous witticisms and no shortage of Bates’ unique brand of shock value - a wildly entertaining affair loaded with scathing social commentary, searing wit, and shocking what-the-fuckery.