Have a Merry, Very Bloody Xmas with "Caesar & Otto" Review

Let me get this out of the way right off the bat: I’m friends with the director of this film, Dave Campfield. He’s a Long Island guy. I’ve interviewed him in the past. He’s a funny, charming and passionate dude.

He’s created a pair of characters in Caesar and Otto that are actually pretty funny and so absurd that the various situations they find themselves in match their absurdity. Caesar (played by Campfield himself) is an over-excited actor with illusions of grandeur. Otto is a slob, relatively grounded foil for Caesar. They’re perfect for eachother.

Even though the movie fires by at a breakneck pace, the dialogue is rapid-fire and clever and keeps pace. Filled with gore and loaded with jokes that are all over the place, Caesar & Otto’s Deadly Xmas is the perfect bit of anti-Holiday cheer. As awful as this might sound, Campfield’s Caesar is one of the most enjoyable indie film characters in recent memory. His zero-to-60-level of ridiculousness is unmatched.

One of the better things about the Caesar & Otto universe is that everyone seems a little ridiculous. The object of Otto’s affection, Allison, for example, sells used shaving cream out of her Hugo. The world is just so insane and rife with imagination that it’s easy to see how Campfield could end up making a series of films in the same universe. It’s a really imaginative and colorful world.

It’d be really interesting to see what Campfield could do if given a ton of money. The direction is solid, the acting is fun and over-the-top and the story is awesome. If you need some anti-Christmas goodness, check out Caesar & Otto’s Deadly Xmas.

DVD Bonus Features

A slew of featurettes, including the brilliant short film Piggyzilla. Producer’s commentary, cast and crew commentary, director’s commentary. Campfield is an interesting dude, very charming and honest about his work, so listening to him chat about the film and the process of making the film on the commentary track is great.

There are also trailers and a bonus short film entitled The Perfect Candidate.

"Caesar & Otto's Deadly Xmas" is on sale November 19, 2013 and is not rated. Horror. Written and directed by Dave Campfield. Starring Dave Campfield, Paul Chomicki.

Robert Ottone • Staff Writer

A natural bon vivant in love with cigars, finery and luxurious booze, SelfieRob aims to make light of the world around him while living the party boy lifestyle. From the Hamptons to NYC and beyond, SelfieRob lives life to the fullest.


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