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Heather Wixson

Heather Wixson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 70% Motel Hell (1980) Motel Hell is a rather well-executed dark comedy that plays it fairly straight, much thanks to the outstanding performances from Calhoun & Parsons who give the film a nice sense of gravity against the film's more cartoonish supporting characters. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 17% Leviathan (1989) The combination of well thought out characters and an incredible cast to bring them all to life is a huge reason why Leviathan will always be one of my personal favorite underwater monster movies. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
2.5/5 17% Deadly Eyes (The Rats) (1982) The film takes its premise very seriously, but it's the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror experience. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 65% Pumpkinhead (1988) Amongst a sea of sequels and remakes that year, Stan Winston's tragic and terrifying backwoods fairy tale stood out as something wholly unique and also gave us some incredible character development by way of Henriksen's tragic character. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 41% Tusk (2014) You have to be on board for all of Kevin Smith's lunacy or you won't be able to connect with some of the choices he makes, but I found Tusk wildly inventive and am hopeful it earmarks a bold new chapter for Smith's filmmaking career. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 75% Starry Eyes (2014) An age-old fable given a modern Hollywood twist, Starry Eyes is a sublimely satirical and horrific examination of the real price of blind ambition that isn't afraid to let things get nasty or weird. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 56% The Legend of Hell House (1973) Despite the fact that it was released over 40 years ago, John Hough's The Legend of Hell House still remains one of the greatest and most effective haunted house films ever committed to celluloid. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 69% Late Phases (2014) Without a doubt, Late Phases is one of the finest lycanthrope films of the last 20 years and a shining example of great independent horror. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
2.5/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) Tom Harper does a truly admirable job of using atmosphere and the movie's creepy setting to give audiences a sense of unease, but moves away from the deadly force we were introduced to in 2012, which feels like a bit of a step backwards. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3.5/5 21% Alien Outpost (2015) Alien Outpost may not necessarily be the most inventive film you'll ever see but it's a well-made indie film that feels much bigger than its budget and manages to also put a clever twist on the alien invaders that you don't see very often these days. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4.5/5 73% The Voices (2015) While it may not necessarily be a film that will be universally embraced by genre fans, The Voices is a triumphant example of independent filmmaking at its very best and is undoubtedly one of the best roles Reynolds' has tackled to date. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 79% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Wyrmwood is the kind of film that gives me hope for the zombie subgenre- it's clever, hellaciously entertaining and masterfully executed by Roache-Turner, who shows us that you can still find new and exciting ways to fight zombies. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 7, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Crazy Bitches (2014) While it may not necessarily be a great film, Crazy Bitches is still moderately entertaining and an admirable effort from Clark who shows a lot of promise here. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 38% The Phantom of the Opera (1989) Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux's original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) As far as cautionary tales go, The Lazarus Effect is pretty good stuff overall and effectively rises above its mild approach to deliver a thoughtful and intense horror experience that I had a lot of fun with despite all its flaws. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
2/5 40% Ejecta (2015) Over the course of Ejecta's 83-minute runtime, it felt like I was watching three very different movies at once, but they never quite all come together cohesively. The film also squanders a strong performance from Julian Richings. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4.5/5 89% The Invitation (2016) More than a story that explores just what draws people into cults, The Invitation takes that idea a bit further and fully examines the power of grief, guilt, death and how our society tends to self-medicate rather than deal with pain straight-on. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
5/5 86% Deathgasm (2015) Deathgasm is gloriously low-brow, yet insightful (such a fine line to walk and yet, Jason Lei Howden makes it look easy here), and the comedic strokes throughout the script are absolute gold. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 89% Turbo Kid (2015) A perfect blending of over-the-top gore, comedy & high-octane action, Turbo Kid does a fantastic job of keeping its story engaging, creating characters that are well-conceived & delivering some of the most hysterical gore gags I've seen in a while. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 95% We Are Still Here (2015) A wonderfully weird, gory and full of heart and poignancy, We Are Still Here is an assured and well-crafted debut from Geoghegan that's clearly a heartfelt love letter embracing what genre fans enjoy most about horror movies. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 100% Manson Family Vacation (2015) It's rare that anything associated with Charles Manson can put a smile on your face but J. Davis' confident debut does just that, making for a surprisingly sweet and thought-provoking cinematic journey. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 87% He Never Died (2015) Many times, the 'less is more' approach to storytelling can really enhance a film and such is the case with Jason Krawczyk's He Never Died- a minimalist look at the life of a cannibal who also has been bestowed with the gift of eternal life. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4.5/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) Ex Machina is the kind of film that proves that some of the very best cinematic storytelling can be based on ideas, not necessarily grandiose action set pieces and crazy, over-the-top concepts that many bigger studio projects often rely on. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 62% Unfriended (2015) Unfriended hit me out of left field and in the best possible way. I was expecting an empty-headed teen horror flick that would rely on cheap jump scares but, instead, Gabriadze creates a palpable sense of tension that's creeps up on you throughout. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 58% Maggie (2015) While Maggie may not necessarily the movie you may conjure up in your head when you hear that the former Governator is taking on zombies for his latest, but I think that's what makes it such a remarkable effort from everyone involved. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 90% Mad Max (1979) While it may not be as slick as Miller's other films featuring Gibson's iconic anti-hero, Mad Max still remains a timeless classic and one of the more remarkable films of its (or any) time. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) If George Miller set the bar for modern action films with Mad Max in 1979, with Fury Road he completely obliterates it and creates an entirely new cinematic standard all his own. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 14% Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) Sleepaway Camp III is a fantastic follow-up to the previous sequel, and even if all the jokes don't necessarily stick the landing in the end, Pamela Springsteen is once again a superstar in this underappreciated sequel. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 38% Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) Far more subversively comical than the 1983 original, Sleepaway Camp II admirably mixes things up in a way that not only manages to still be faithful to the spirit of the first film, but also takes some wild leaps in tone and approach. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 100% Crush The Skull (2015) Nguyen shows great promise with Crush the Skull as he keenly identifies here what genre fans enjoy so much about horror movies & finds clever ways to manipulate those tropes into an experience that's as funny & quirky as it is manic & tense. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Caught (2015) A darkly comedic spin on a familiar tale, Maggie Kiley's Caught is an energetic and clever cat-and-mouse thriller revolving around the determination of one woman to preserve the sanctity of her marriage after she finds out she's been cheated on. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 50% Scarecrows (1988) It may not necessarily be flawless in its execution, but Scarecrows is a pretty admirable filmmaking achievement in many ways. As far as first-time features go, director Wesley shows an immense talent for being able to make a lot out of so little. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 45% Intruders (2016) As far as indie genre films go, Shut In is a great reminder that you can take a familiar idea and still find new ways to surprise viewers when you infuse your story with a few inventive swerves. Riesgraf's performance is nothing short of amazing. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 100% Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) While it's probably not a movie all fans will enjoy, Dude Bro Party Massacre III is a lot of fun if you're looking for a zany slasher-inspired comedy that cleverly celebrates everything fans enjoy about '80s-era genre movies with a low-fi twist. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 50% The Abandoned (2016) Rockaway has created a genuinely eerie and intimate ghost story with The Abandoned, rising above many of the usual supernatural tropes to create something powerfully unconventional. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 79% Dog Soldiers (2002) Dog Soldiers is an incredible showcase of Marshall's (then) burgeoning talent, bursting with raw action & demonstrating you don't always need a huge budget if you know how to create a fiercely compelling story. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 57% Stung (2015) Part old-school critter camp, part new-school mentality, Stung features some incredible special effects, tons of wickedly fun kills, as well as a strong script from Adam Aresty that does an excellent job balancing out the humor and horror. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 16% The Gallows (2015) It may be easy to dismiss The Gallows as yet another 'found footage' movie but the film is actually a cleverly executed low-fi horror tale that manages to do a few things a bit differently and also delivers some solid scares too. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 27% Howling II (1985) It may not be a flawless effort by any means but I can't help but adore a film that gave us Sybil Danning as Queen of the Werewolves, put Christopher Lee in a New Wave night club and also gave the modern lycan mythology a bit of an unexpected twist. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 63% The Boy (2015) A thoughtful story that is as touching as it is unnerving, The Boy is an unflinching & powerfully poetic examination of the human psyche that never passes judgment on its titular character, even after he's unleashed his inner lunatic on the world. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 75% Pod (2015) Pod uses its micro-budget to its advantage and rises above some uneven performances to deliver a story that feels akin to a lost episode of The X-Files, filled with uncertainty, conspiracy and real emotional stakes. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 61% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) A mash-up of Office Space & Fright Night, BB takes some time to get going but when it does, the jokes fly almost as fast as the gore, resulting in a feel-good film that's a wonderful tribute to vampires & raucously deconstructs the modern workplace. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 20% Shocker (1989) Like a frenzied fever dream fueled by the power of righteous heavy metal, Wes Craven's Shocker is certainly one of his more oddball cult classics, an amalgam of his most ambitious ideas & a viciously wild visual style. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 64% The Visit (2015) The Visit is somewhat of a moderate success for Shyamalan; his methodology of storytelling here wasn't something I felt was necessary (going docu-style), but I dug his story, the characters & just how downright nasty it gets during the last 15 mins. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
5/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) A haunting and unsettling examination of identity, grief, family dynamics and how parents often struggle, Goodnight Mommy is one of those films where the less you know going in, the better, as the way the story unfolds is nothing short of masterful. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015) It can be a hard line to walk when making a sequel like Tremors 5, where you not only have to make a film that meets the expectations of fans but also is accessible enough for new audiences, and for the most part Bloodlines gets the job done. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 34% Knock Knock (2015) Unlike most of his previous films, Eli Roth subtly goes for the jugular with Knock Knock, building to a finale brimming with surreal tension and a wickedly dark sense of humor that left me both cringing and laughing. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/5 35% Ghost Story (1981) A film driven by atmosphere and a quiet sense of foreboding dread, Ghost Story is the hauntingly provocative adaptation of Peter Straub's novel that may be a tonal mess, but still has this weirdly hypnotic power to it after all these years. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) A tremendously intelligent and heartfelt example of how to properly balance bawdy humor and horror, Scouts Guide is the most fun I've had with a studio film in some time and proves there are still ways to make zombies interesting and enjoyable. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4.5/5 65% Krampus (2015) A modern fable set during what's supposed to be the happiest time of the year, Michael Dougherty's Krampus is a wondrously twisted take on the Christmas season that confidently blends scares and good-hearted cheer, making for a new holiday classic. ‐ Daily Dead
Posted Jan 6, 2016