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Heather Wixson

Heather Wixson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) For those of you who enjoy the Underworld movies, I'm still keen on recommending that you see Blood Wars on the big screen. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) It may not be the heartwarming tale that you might expect, but it's the film's abrupt and sometimes confrontational nature towards a difficult subject matter that makes A Monster Calls such a standout effort. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 29, 2016
5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) Those unexpected beats make for a deeply emotional and harrowing journey for not only Shideh and Dorsa, but for viewers as well. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) The Other Side of the Door ended up being an enjoyable viewing experience due to Roberts' ability to manipulate familiar tropes and give them a proper twist. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 82% Road Games (2016) Some may find Road Games a bit convoluted at times, but for me, the story's perplexing nature is so methodically purposeful that I can't help but tip my hat to Pastoll, who manages to create an intensely fun and often unsettling cinematic conundrum. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 67% The Corpse Of Anna Fritz (El Cadáver De Anna Fritz) (2015) [The] script says some very intelligent things about how the population feels entitled to have access to celebrities (especially in the wake of social media over the last five or so years) and how those interactions can escalate inappropriately. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/5 28% Camino (2016) While it definitely could have benefitted by being about 15 minutes shorter, Camino is an admirable effort from director and co-writer Josh C. Waller, who effectively ratchets up the tension throughout his savage thriller to an almost frenetic pace. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 96% Nina Forever (2016) For anyone who has ever struggled to move on past a former relationship or had to deal with the complications that come with being in love, Nina Forever should be right up your alley. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 100% Teenage Cocktail (2016) It's a beautifully made and intoxicating experience that explores the dangerous scenarios that can arise when sex with strangers goes too far. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet The Void (2016) The Void works incredibly well for numerous reasons, but the special effects in the film are by far the project's biggest asset. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/5 50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Phantasm: Ravager is a triumphant conclusion to this franchise, and I had a great time seeing the entire original cast together onscreen one last time, as they all brought an infectious sense of enthusiasm to the table with their performances. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival's narrative takes an unbelievable turn (and I mean that in the best way possible), opening up the film's story in an emotional way that I was not expecting, leaving me absolutely stunned. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) A striking and elegantly told tale of survival that turns the tables on everything we've come to expect from zombie cinema, McCarthy has crafted something very special with The Girl with All the Gifts. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4.5/5 89% Raw (Grave) (2017) A bold and fiercely unflinching debut for Ducournau, Raw absolutely left me wrecked (in the best possible way). ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 50% Sadako Vs Kayako (2016) While it may be missing that epic feeling we'd hope for in a cinematic fight like this, it's still an entertaining endeavor that I'd recommend to fans looking for some goofy, supernatural fun. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 46% The Bad Batch (2016) As a whole, Amirpour has a lot to be proud of with The Bad Batch. Her work is bold, unflinching, and often challenging, and I would expect nothing less from her as a filmmaker. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) A sequel far better than anyone probably could have expected after seeing the first installment, Ouija: Origin of Evil is a real treat for horror lovers, and it's one of Flanagan's most well-crafted efforts to date. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/5 92% Demon (2016) We've seen weddings explored as a chaotic setting in cinema numerous times before, but there's something uniquely compelling and wholly original about what Wrona creates with Demon. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 16, 2016
4.5/5 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The Handmaiden may not be the most concise effort we've seen from Chan-Wook as a director, but it's still an absolute masterpiece all the same. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) A vibrant and eye-catching homage to the Technicolor films of the 1960s, writer/director Anna Biller's The Love Witch is a seductive and clever twist on the gender politics, witch-centric cinema, and pulp storytelling of that era. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 78% The Monster (2016) There's no doubt that with The Monster, Bertino has confidently reestablished himself as a master of intimate horror. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A genuinely intriguing and compelling gothic mystery. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 70% Phantasm: Remastered (2016) Whether you've always loved Phantasm, never saw it, or never even had the affection for Don Coscarelli's nightmarish tale, I cannot think of a better way to experience this film now than with the remastered version. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
5/5 90% Green Room (2016) In Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier masterfully creates a brutal and relentless thriller that deftly subverts expectations while continually raising the stakes for everyone involved-two earmarks of great storytelling. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/5 43% Bite (2016) Bite is still a wholly ambitious affair and a tenacious effort from Chad Archibald, who proves he has a strong grasp of how to make an intelligent horror movie that often defies genre expectations. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 61% High-Rise (2016) As a character-driven exploration of societal collapse and the anarchy that always follows, High-Rise is captivating work from Wheatley, whose sublime, darkly comedic tongue remains firmly planted in his cheek throughout his latest film. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 4% The Darkness (2016) The Darkness does offer up several great moments visually that are pure nightmare fuel, but what follows truly lacks any sort of boundary-pushing that you'd hope to see from the guy who introduced us to the murderous Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4.5/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) The Conjuring 2 might very well be the best horror movie we've seen from James Wan yet, marking a confident return to horror for the director who has repeatedly changed the genre time and time again throughout his career. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fender Bender (2016) For those of you who enjoy a slasher movie that gets to the point and wastes very little time, Fender Bender is a great reminder that there's an advantage (and an artistry) to keeping things simple. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 80% Beyond the Gates (2016) A genre-infused adventure with a lot of heart that was made by a highly passionate cast and crew, Beyond the Gates is a wonderful example of indie horror done right and a great first-time feature for Stewart. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 50% Officer Downe (2016) While a lot of the movie feels disjointed and doesn't necessarily succeed in its efforts, the parts that do come together in Officer Downe give the movie some really weird and wildly fun moments. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/5 45% Clown (2016) With Clown, Jon Watts has crafted a genuinely creepy and disturbing body horror experience unlike anything I've ever seen before. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) I really was excited to see what Refn's sensibilities would bring to the world of horror when The Neon Demon was first announced, but unfortunately, all we get is a beautiful-looking film, and not much else. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Taut, thrilling, and viciously fun, The Shallows is a great summer thriller that perfectly demonstrates the truth of that old adage: sometimes less truly is more. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) It delivers the violence and mayhem you'd expect from a Purge movie, but it also doesn't shy away from exploring a lot of the important issues currently plaguing our nation and even our society as a whole. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) Adam Wingard crafted a relentlessly creepy affair that is a perfect tribute to its revolutionary originator, but also takes the story in some frightening new directions. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2/5 60% Red Christmas (2016) Red Christmas is just one missed opportunity after the next, and I'm left wishing Anderson had done more with both his story and his characters. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4.5/5 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A hauntingly provocative slice of Gothic cinema that sticks with you long after it ends, the film brims with a palpable sense of dread and unease from start to finish. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3.5/5 59% The Mind's Eye (2016) Begos' latest feature is an ambitious throwback telekinetic tale that's explosively fun and a solid step forward for him as a visual storyteller. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Aug 11, 2016
4.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's not hyperbole in the least bit to say that Star Trek Beyond perfectly celebrates 50 years of the franchise, while taking these stories into a bold new future where anything is possible for Captain Kirk and the fearless crew of the USS Enterprise. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) It successfully does what all good reimaginings do: it takes familiar source material, stays true to its intentions, but then also steps out and tries to be its own thing. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jul 10, 2016
4/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out is real-deal filmmaking, folks -- a horror movie that's absolutely worth your attention. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jul 5, 2016
4.5/5 100% Hush (2016) An allegory for how isolation could be the downfall of humanity wrapped up in a smart and effectively scary home invasion story, Hush really impressed and left me with an even deeper appreciation for Flanagan's approach as a visual storyteller. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/5 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) It's made for a particular audience and for that audience, Hardcore Henry delivers a truly innovative and immersive experience that's also a wicked amount of fun. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Apr 7, 2016
5/5 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) If there's one simple rule of life to follow, it's to never get between a man and his dog, and that's the theme at the heart of In A Valley of Violence. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Mar 21, 2016
4.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) It's nice to see [Alvarez] flex his filmmaking muscles a bit more independently, and I do hope this is only the start of his very promising career as a genre director because Don't Breathe is an amazing sophomore effort. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Mar 15, 2016
4/5 64% Ava's Possessions (2016) Ava's Possessions is a fantastic take on demon-centric storytelling and offers fans something a bit different and far more character-driven than we've seen in the horror genre as of late. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 44% Synchronicity (2016) Synchronicity is a wonderfully clever sci-fi outing that rises above certain trappings that would have ultimately tripped up a director with a lesser vision and ability at the helm. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3.5/5 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) Certainly not a film for everyone, I can't help but admire The Greasy Strangler for just simply existing, as we need more movies like it to keep pushing the envelope and reinvigorating the cult cinema landscape. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Feb 19, 2016
5/5 61% Carnage Park (2016) With a sense of swagger and an unflinching pace, Carnage Park is truly a cinematic triumph from top to bottom. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Feb 19, 2016