Heather Wixson

Heather Wixson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dread Central, Daily Dead

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 49% Old (2021) The thing is, there's nothing particularly "scary" about Old, but as far as creating an unsettling feeling of oppressive dread, Shyamalan does a great job of achieving just that with his latest cinematic endeavor. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
5/5 96% The Suicide Squad (2021) It truly feels like Gunn's career has come full circle on this film, and I loved how wonderfully unhinged The Suicide Squad is at times, where Gunn's enthusiasm for crafting bizarre cinematic experiences is fully on display from start to finish. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 91% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) By bringing all the stories from this trio of films full-circle, Janiak and company demonstrate great prowess from a storytelling standpoint to create this wholly cohesive and satisfying horror saga. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3.5/5 45% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) There's still plenty of mind-bending fun to be had in Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, even if the film seems to zip along rather quickly and its third act feels somewhat mis-paced compared to everything that preceded it. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 89% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Much like its predecessor, Fear Street: 1978 successfully dives into the world of R.L. Stine confidently, delivering up a thrilling and entertaining excursion in horror that immerses audiences in the twisted world of Shadyside with maniacal glee. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 82% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Janiak and her cast do a fantastic job of creating a super fun, gory, and entertaining slasher that dares to do something different. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 49% The Forever Purge (2021) Once again, DeMonaco taps into the sociopolitical undercurrent that has been rippling throughout the United States for the last decade or so, and I think Gout was the perfect directorial choice to bring this story to the big screen as well. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
5/5 86% Werewolves Within (2021) Between Wolff's pitch-perfect script, a bevy of endlessly engaging performances from a top-notch cast, and a director who clearly is having a blast with both the story and these characters, Werewolves Within is a triumph in every possible way. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/5 96% The Amusement Park (2019) There's still a lot to learn from the lessons that Romero packs into this horrifying, disorienting, and melancholic examination of the horrors of old age. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) There were quite a few missed opportunities that would have elevated The Devil Made Me Do It from solid horror movie status to great horror movie status. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
4.5/5 88% Censor (2021) Prano Bailey-Bond leaves one helluva mark with Censor, a gorgeously disturbing throwback steeped in an authentic grunginess that masterfully explores the all-consuming nature of emotional trauma. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3/5 76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Prisoners of the Ghostland marks an audacious new direction for Sono's career that I'm eager to see more from in the future, and there's no denying that he truly makes films cut from a wholly different cloth unlike anyone else out there. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3/5 88% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) A tension-fueled survival thriller. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 65% How It Ends (2021) There was something wonderfully sweet and introspective about the messaging at the center of How It Ends that really spoke to me on a personal level, and I was wholly charmed by the whole experience. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 78% In The Earth (2021) A wholly unsettling and slightly off-putting experience (which I mean as a compliment), In the Earth certainly won't be everybody's cup of tea, but it most definitely was mine. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 29% Event Horizon (1997) Event Horizon feels like a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic excursion in sci-fi and pure, unfiltered horror that rarely ever comes along out of the studio system. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 74% Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) While sometimes its own mystery ends up bogging down a bit of the film's momentum, Broadcast Signal Intrusion is still a highly effective suspense-filled thriller that sets out to do its own thing as well. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3.5/5 59% Witch Hunt (2021) I loved how, for as bleak as it was at times, it ended up being this lovely celebration of sisterhood and feminine energy that tips its hat to Thelma & Louise as well. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 100% Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) What Janisse has managed to assemble for Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched is something of a miracle, considering the scope and its thoroughness, and I think horror fans should definitely give it a watch just as soon as it gets a release. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 86% Here Before (2021) The greatest compliment I can pay Here Before is that Gregg really does a brilliant job of delivering up a wholly unexpected psychological thriller that shocked me once it showed its cards, so to speak. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3/5 79% Fried Barry (2020) On a visual level Fried Barry is hugely successful, with a rich and vivid palette working in tandem with the often dingy and dirty locales, which make for a fascinating visual juxtaposition. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3.5/5 79% Benny Loves You (2021) A wickedly funny horror comedy that also has something to say to those of us who maybe aren't so keen on the idea of growing up anytime soon. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 88% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2021) It absolutely surprised me in all the right ways, and I really hope folks will give it a chance-I'm really glad I did because I had so much fun with it from start to finish. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3/5 87% The Djinn (2021) The Djinn also has some killer effects work and the film works as well as it does because of Dewey's performance, which is downright heartbreaking at times. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place Part II is an incredibly successful follow-up that does a great job of expanding upon the foundation of the first film in some rather clever and compelling ways. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3.5/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) An engrossing and a truly unexpected thrill ride that dares to mix things up with the tried-and-true zombie formula we're all too familiar with these days. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 61% Profile (2021) Profile might be an incredibly well-crafted and immersive thriller, but the film also serves as an eye-opening cautionary tale that demonstrates just how terrifying social media can be if you're not careful. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4.5/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral is a brilliantly executed horror/thriller hybrid that does an excellent job of giving Saw fans what they would want out of a new installment made with the spirit of the franchise in mind, but also manages to blaze its own path at the same time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Simply put, this new Mortal Kombat kicks copious amounts of ass. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3.5/5 85% Jakob's Wife (2021) Stevens has done a great job with injecting some new blood into the vamp-centric subgenre with Jakob's Wife, and I enjoyed how well he managed to blend together elements of this story that were both dramatic and campy here as well. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
4.5/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs. Kong feels like the ultimate celebration of these properties and their legacies in cinema for nearly 90 years now. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3.5/5 67% The Blazing World (2021) I enjoyed how Young challenged me as a viewer with her feature film debut, and I look forward to seeing whatever she does next as a filmmaker. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 78% Greenland (2020) Sure, there are plenty of explosions and breathtakingly horrifying sequences involving cities being annihilated by fragments of the comet, but the panic-fueled tension at the center of Greenland comes from the real human stakes driving its narrative. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
3/5 45% Monster Hunter (2020) A rip-roaring sci-fi/fantasy adventure that has some serious Western vibes to it as well, Monster Hunter may have some rough edges, but as a whole, it's an enjoyable and high-energy adaptation that delivers up some big-time fun. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) There's a harsh reality that the PYW conclusion reflects that feels sadly authentic and genuine (even if Fennell's approach to the material is often heightened and darkly comedic). - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3.5/5 91% Bloody Hell (2020) The combination of Grierson's talents behind the camera and O'Toole's talents in front of the camera make Bloody Hell a bloody good time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 44% Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) Tremors: Shrieker Island is easily the best sequel in the series since Tremors II. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 100% His House (2020) What works so well about His House is how Weekes is able to confidently blend together moments of gut-punch horror and devastating emotional stakes for his characters, making his directorial debut a truly remarkable moment for the genre in 2020. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 55% Don't Look Back (2020) While the story does get a little too overly ambitious at times, Reddick does a great job of reining it all back in during the third act. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 98% The Swerve (2020) Skye's performance is a revelation, and her portrayal of Holly's quiet desperation that bubbles over into full-blown self-destruction by the end of The Swerve is something that deserves to be discussed for years to come. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) As a sequel, it gets far more right than it gets wrong and I love that, in spirit, it feels right in line with the original film. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 94% Frank & Zed (2020) The level of ingenuity and commitment that went into making Frank & Zed is truly a feat of filmmaking magic. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 73% May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (2020) Evokes a Raimi-esque sense of banana pants filmmaking that delivers up a ton of devilishly fun gore and violence. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 48% The Witches (2020) The Witches (2020) is a wonderful new cinematic exploration of this material that will surely delight viewers of all ages. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 93% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) Throughout his career, Dupieux has carved out a niche for telling truly oddball stories, and Mandibles is easily his most accessible effort to date. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 84% Climate of the Hunter (2020) It certainly has a unique and intoxicating aesthetic to it, and as a period piece, its ostentatious nature does make the film a standout in that right. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 74% Archenemy (2020) There's something uniquely bold about the type of world-building that Mortimer does with Archenemy. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Papi Ramirez vs. Giant Scorpions (2020) What Rivera is able to achieve with Papi Ramirez vs Giant Scorpions is nothing short of a cinematic miracle, and it is truly some of the most impressive and resourceful filmmaking that I've had the pleasure of watching all year. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Danni and the Vampire (2020) While it might have some rough edges production-wise, those seams hardly matter when you can create a story as irresistible as Danni and the Vampire. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Last Thanksgiving (2020) Even if the filmmaking is a bit messy at times, The Last Thanksgiving is still a worthy entry into the sparse pantheon of Thanksgiving-themed horror... - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020