News / 01 November 2022

Poster Artwork For Dick Dale’s RIBSPREADER Unveiled

Filmmaker Dick Dale‘s RIBSPREADER recently had its World Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival where it played sold out sessions, received rave reviews and took out the festival’s ‘Audience Award’ for Best Feature. Monster Fest is proud to bring Dale’s magnum opus of bloodshed and hilarity to Australia audiences in our 2022 festival program in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and a return to Adelaide this November/December.

To celebrate the upcoming Australian onslaught of RIBSPREADER, Dale has shared with us an Exclusive First Look at the Artwork for the film…
Illustrated by artist extraordinaire and proprietor of Adelaide institution Vicious Video Deniel J. Cross, the artwork harks back to the striking, salacious and nightmarish-inducing box art that adorned video store shelves throughout the eighties and nineties.

In the words of artist Cross, the origin behind the art goes like this…

Okay, how did the story start off Dick? Something like.. Dick had seen some mock up VHS covers I had done for shits n giggs in the shop (Vicious Video) on a recent visit. A couple weeks later he asks me if I’d be interested in doing some poster art for the fillum.. I knew how lucky I was, plus you don’t say no to DD.. .. I set out to do a piece that would look at home on the horror shelf in store… I got Dick to send me all his fave covers and I tried to focus in on the reoccurring themes amongst our faves.

Then Dick started to send me some screenshots from the film and instantly a classic collage was begging to be created.. soo many bitchin characters!.. and cars! and general craziness!.. my ideas got too big for my potential I had to realise that I couldn’t do an Enzo Sciotti masterpiece so i conceded to focusing on one victim instead .. get some emotion, some gore, some mystery even into the piece was my thought.

Originally it was depicted in a cesty green light but after some back and forth discussions with Dick it evolved into what you see.. I’m not a professional artist by any stretch this is a pure passion piece fuelled by the love I have for Dick’s incredible film.

I would seriously be happy to contribute another 4 posters for this film after seeing the premiere, there’s so much imagination and infectious craziness that even 10 posters couldn’t capture it all! It’s just been a pure honour to work on this project and I hope more and more people get to enjoy RIBSPREADER and whatever film Dick creates next!

Dale further added…

I think it gloriously captures the 1980s VHS vibe that we were going for. Deniel works and lives VHS so I knew he was the man. I went in to say geeday one day and to show another video enthusiast, Andrew ‘Stumpy Leavold, Trash Video. It was then Deniel explained his interest in drawing up VHS covers. The idea was born. Oh, still Banned In QLD. Anything good is Banned in QLD, as were the video nasty videos of the 80s. It is a badge of honour. Hopefully, there will be some ‘moral outrage’ stirred up when it screens there in December“.

RIBSPREADER is part of the MONSTER FEST 2022 program in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide with screening dates/times and session tickets to be announced in the coming weeks.