Dead Weight: Learn to Let It Go


August 13th, 2014 | 1:20 a.m. | posted by Adam

It's been a while, but we have a new screening this Thursday in Stoughton, WI! Both John and I will be there to intro the film and chat with anyone that wants to talk about movies or burritos, or both.


January 21st, 2014 | 4:38 p.m. | posted by Adam

The day has finally come! Dead Weight is now available on DVD and VOD. Check out the following outlets to grab a copy of the DVD or rent the film. Netflix hopefully coming soon.


Amazon Instant Video:

Google Play:

And at your local Family Video store.

Thank you to everyone that has been so supportive of us, and helped us to get this far. We are forever grateful.


January 5th, 2014 | 4:38 p.m. | posted by Adam

Things have been relatively quiet over here at DW HQ, but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes, rest assured. John and I are ecstatic to finally reveal some great news. Over the course of 2013 we have been in discussion with Ruthless pictures and Kino Lorber/Horizon movies to secure national distribution for Dead Weight. We could not be more proud of the work we have done and what we've achieved together with our cast and crew, and are very much looking forward to working with Kino Lorber, Ruthless, and Horizon movies to present our film in North America.

Dead Weight will be released nationally on January 21st, 2014. It is available to pre-order now over at (Here - Please go and rate the film if you've seen it!), available to save in your disc queue at Netflix (Here - hopefully streaming coming soon!), and up for ratings at IMDb (Here). The official press release can be seen below. Thank you for your support of our film so far, we can't wait to see what the future brings!

Horizon Movies is proud to announce the DVD release of Dead Weight, a new horror film by Adam Bartlett and John Pata that takes a thrilling new spin on the post-apocalyptic genre, following survivor Charlie Russell (played by Joe Belknap) as he develops a growing thirst for violence on his journey back to safety.
Set to street on January 21, 2014 with a SRP of $26.95, Dead Weight comes to DVD packed with special features including audio commentary with directors Adam Bartlett and John Pata, a second commentary track with actors Joe Belknap and Mary Lindberg, extended scenes, bonus featurettes and outtakes, and the theatrical trailer.

Dead Weight was a winner at film festivals including Best Feature - Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival (2013), Best Fantasy Feature - Fear Fete Film Festival (2013), Best Feature - Madison Horror Film Festival (2013), and nominated for Best Independent Film in the Rondo Awards in 2013.

Dead Weight is a pulse-pounding survival horror movie in which the humans are more terrifying than the zombies. In the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak, the undead take over major cities. Charlie Russell (Joe Belknap) treks through the relative safe zone of the wilderness to reunite with his girlfriend, Samantha (Mary Lindberg). As Charlie's journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his growing thirst for violence.


April 29th, 2013 | 1:07 p.m. | posted by John

Back in February, Adam and I spent a morning with the fine folks of Wisconsin Public Television and Radio, recording our episode of Director's Cut (and a great interview for WPR). The time has come for our episode to air, which will premiere this Friday, May 3rd at 10pm CST!

Dead Weight Director's Cut
Friday, May 3rd - 10pm on WPT
Saturday, May 4th - 9pm on The Wisconsin Channel
Thursday, May 9th - 9pm on The Wisconsin Channel
Friday, May 10th - 12am on The Wisconsin Channel
Friday, May 10th - 4am on The Wisconsin Channel

We also have a couple screenings coming up over the next few weeks, including our LONDON premiere! International party time!

May 5th, 2013 - Sci-Fi London -

May 18th, 2013 - Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival -


February 6th, 2013 | 7:28 a.m. | posted by John

In the next few weeks, we have quite a few screenings coming up. While we'd love to be present at all of them, sadly we can't be. However, we will be at the Kansas City and Green Bay screenings. Be sure to come say hi accompanied by a high five or two.

Saturday, February 16th
Mississippi Pulp Con @ 8pm - Jackson, MS

Friday, February 22nd
Nevermore Film Festival @ 5:10pm (Cinema Two) - Durham, NC

Saturday, February 23rd
Nevermore Film Festival @ 5:15pm  (Cinema Two) - Durham, NC
Screenland Armour @ 8pm - Kansas City, MO
*Hosted by Slaughter Movie House and Down Right Creepy, this FREE screening will be followed by a cast and crew Q&A!

Sunday, February 24th
The Gadabout Film Festival @ 9pm - Bloomington, IN
Nevermore Film Festival @ 9pm (Fletcher Hall) - Durham, NC

Sunday, March 3rd
Green Bay Film Festival @ 3pm (Iroquois South) - Green Bay, WI
*Followed by a cast and crew Q&A!

Screenings: Feel The Weight (Of A Sale)

December 7th, 2012 | 7:53 a.m. | posted by Adam

As we enter the final weeks of 2012, we thought we'd end the year with a sale! All Dead Weight merch is on sale until December 31st, so don't delay and head over to the Head Trauma Productions store to snag some deals!

Award Nominations and Wins

December 4th, 2012 | 6:59 a.m. | posted by Adam

We have been lucky enough to screen in 15 film festivals throughout 2012, and we're very grateful to all those who had a hand in selecting our film and certainly grateful to all those that took the time to check it out.

We've even been honored with a few awards and nominations along the way! It's a great feeling to know people enjoyed the film enough to award us with these achievements.
Best Feature - Madison Horror Film Festival 2012 - Wisconsin
Best Writer - Madison Horror Film Festival 2012 - Wisconsin
Best Cinematography - Madison Horror Film Festival 2012 - Wisconsin
Juror Award - Central Wisconsin Film Festival 2012 - Wisconsin
Best Editing - Elvira’s Horror Hunt 2012 - Indiana
Best Feature Nomination - New Orleans Horror Film Festival 2012 - Louisiana
Best Actor Nomination - New Orleans Horror Film Festival 2012 - Louisiana
Best Director Nomination - Madison Horror Film Festival 2012 - Wisconsin
Best Horror Nomination - Great Lakes Int’l Film Festival 2012 - Pennsylvania

John took some time to write up a large blog post detailing our adventures over the past couple months, which can be found here: Dead Weight blog.

Things with the film will be relatively quiet until the new year kicks in. We're submitting to more film festivals all the time and hope to see you throughout early 2013 anywhere we can screen!

New Reviews And Interviews!

August 18, 2012 | 6:55 p.m. | posted by Adam and John

As we continue to travel for Dead Weight the positive reviews keep pouring in! We've updated our About page with a batch of new links containing the most recent coverage, including some great new interviews so check 'em out! Warning: do beware of spoilers in those reviews!

We're always willing to chat with anyone interested in listening to us ramble on about the film, so if you're interested in interviewing us about Dead Weight please get in touch!

DVDs Available At...

August 18, 2012 | 6:50 p.m. | posted by Adam and John

We have some big news in regards to where you can get your hands on a Dead Weight DVD. The Exclusive Co., Wisconsin's very own and America's oldest full-line independent record stores (rocking since 1956), are now carrying both editions of Dead Weight in all eight of their locations. That means you can now head out to the closest shop and support your local businesses and filmmakers at the same time!

Those in the Fox Valley can head to either the Oshkosh and/or Appleton Public Libraries to check out a copy, as well!

Past Appearances

May 11, 2012 | 11:21 p.m. | posted by John

Here's a quick rundown on where we've been in the past to promote Dead Weight.

May 19th, 2012
The Heart of Darkness Art Show
Ravens Nightclub
215 E. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911

May 31 - June 3, 2012
Philadelphia Comic Con

June 9th, 2012
Screening at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh

June 10th, 2012
Screening at the Broom Street Theater in Madison

June 29 - July 1, 2012
Fright Night Horror Weekend Louisville, KY

July 6 - 8, 2012
Days of the Dead Indianapolis, IN

August 24-26, 2012
CryptiCon - Kansas City, MO

September 7-9, 2012 (Part One)
HorrorHound Weekend - Indianapolis, IN

September 7-9, 2012 (Part Two)
Geek.kon - Madison, WI

Friday, September 28th, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m.
CrypiCon Minneapolis
Adam and John will be in attendance alongside composer Nicholas Elert.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Film Fest - Oriental Theater
Adam and John will be in attendance alongside many other cast and crew members.

October 23rd, 2012 @ 7pm
UWO Reeve Theater - Oshkosh, WI

October 26th, 2012 @ 9pm
Freakshow Horror Film Fest - Orlando, FL

October 27th, 2012 @ 2pm
New Orleans Horror Film Festival - New Orleans, LA

October 27th, 2012 @ 8pm (Bijou Theater)
Landlocked Film Festival - Iowa City, IA

November 2nd, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Central Wisconsin Film Festival - Amherst, WI

November 3rd, 2012 @ 2pm
Drunken Zombie Film Festival - Peoria, IL

November 4th, 2012 @ 5:40pm
Madison Horror Film Festival - Madison, WI

Friday, November 9th, 2012 @ 7pm
Weyauwega International Film Festival - Weyauwega, WI

The story...

In the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak, Charlie Russell treks through the wilderness to reunite with his girlfriend, Samantha. As Charlie’s journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions, Charlie must attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let it go.

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