Heather Wixson

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 92% Pet Sematary (2019) Both directors, as well as the film's screenwriter Buhler, should be applauded for taking some huge risks in favor of crafting a wholly visceral and terrifying new exploration of mortality and grief. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4.5/5 92% Villains (2019) Villains is just undeniably wonderful. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 67% Them That Follow (2019) While the story itself is more of a character study than it is an explosive drama built around huge moments, for me, that was more than enough to keep me invested in Them That Follow. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 50% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Chaves and his outstanding cast reeled me in early, and kept me hooked the entire time, and I very much enjoyed the ride Chaves takes viewers on as a whole. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 100% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) An exemplary effort from everyone involved, pushing storytelling boundaries and delivering up some truly nightmarish visuals to boot. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 75% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) While there are some lulls to the story where the film feels like it spins its wheels a bit, Body at Brighton Rock is still an admirable effort from [Roxanne] Benjamin, who crafts an intriguing cinematic rumination on the effects of isolation and fear. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 40% Darlin' (2019) As a whole, there's a lot to enjoy with Darlin', especially when [director and writer Pollyana] McIntosh leans into some of the darkly comedic elements in the story. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Girl on the Third Floor (2019) A truly memorable directorial debut. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 33% Tone Deaf (2018) Fans of Bates, Jr.'s work should find Tone-Deaf to be music to their ears. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 99% Us (2019) With shades of The Twilight Zone, early David Cronenberg, and a hint of Through the Looking-Glass coursing through its veins, Us is primed to be one of the most unusual studio horror movies to get released in some time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 11% Valentine (2001) What struck me about Valentine was just how smart the film is, and how it taps into these intriguing female characters and relationships as well, especially at the turn of a new century when there were only the inklings of where our society was headed. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 54% Greta (2019) Huppert's Greta commands the screen, especially in the film's third act, when her character is just begging for people to screw with her, just so she can let loose on them. And when she does, the results are absolutely fantastic. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 57% Wounds (2019) Wounds seriously left me with a huge case of the heebie-jeebies, and there's no doubt that those little buggers are going to stick with me for a very long time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Overall, it's a helluva first film from Cronin, who shows great promise here. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 80% The Lodge (2019) The story takes some very compelling twists and turns, the performances from Keough and Lieberher are both top-notch, and I have yet to be able to shake off the film's shocking final moments over the last few weeks. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Mope (2019) Heyne should be proud of his efforts on Mope, as he demonstrates great promise as a director who can find the heart within the most challenging of scenarios. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
36% Corporate Animals (2019) Corporate Animals [is] one of the funniest subversive comedies that I've enjoyed in quite some time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) Clocking in at almost two and a half hours, The Nightingale is an endurance test for viewers; not that the film is bad by any means-quite the opposite. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U takes some major swings in terms of subverting expectations, and I respect the hell out of Landon for not being satisfied by just resting on his storytelling laurels. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Without a doubt, Horror Noire is one of the most important entertainment documentaries to ever come along, genre or otherwise. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 45% The Prodigy (2019) Overall, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed myself during The Prodigy, and I am so glad that everyone involved really pushed the envelope to give audiences something more than a story we've all seen countless times before. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4.5/5 89% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Hands down, MEMORY is a must-see for any of my fellow Alien fans out there (which I'm sure there are plenty of). - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) As a film, Extremely Wicked is really solid and well-executed, but admittedly, there's nothing wholly revelatory to [director Joe] Berlinger's approach to the material, either. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 85% I Am Mother (2019) As a whole, I think [director Grant] Sputore, his cast, and writer Michael Lloyd Green have created something very special with I Am Mother, and I am excited to see what happens with this film in the future. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 91% Little Monsters (2019) There's no doubt in my mind that Little Monsters is poised to be the breakout horror hit of 2019, as it's infectiously charming and heartfelt, and it left me with a big goofy grin. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 48% Escape Room (2019) Robitel demonstrates a continued growth as a filmmaker here, and I am hoping there's more Escape Room fun awaiting us in the future... - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5/5 20% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) As a whole, The Possession of Hannah Grace is probably a solid spookfest for casual genre fans, but I don't think it offers up much for those of us who call horror our way of life. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 88% The Final Wish (2019) There's still a lot to The Final Wish that I really appreciated and enjoyed, and it would make for a killer double feature with Wish Upon. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
45% The Lords of Salem (2013) For me, The Lords of Salem is unequivocally Rob Zombie's greatest achievement as a filmmaker to date. Don't get me wrong, I have a deep-seated love for many of his other films, but there is something about Lords that just hits me deep in my soul. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Night Comes For Us (2018) If we're never going to see a third installment of The Raid, The Night Comes For Us is truly the best possible sequel scenario we can hope for, with Tjahjanto firmly cementing himself as the future of action cinema with his efforts here. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 32% Between Worlds (2018) As someone who adores films that full-on embrace WTF-ery in their storytelling, Between Worlds delivered the weirdly demented goods and then some. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 79% Apostle (2018) For his latest film, Apostle, Evans shows no signs of being rusty with his keen genre storytelling abilities, delivering up an enthralling and brutal descent into madness anchored by a breathless performance from Dan Stevens. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 71% The Boat (2018) [It's] a film that cleverly turns some of the film's elements, like water and the ship itself, into a ferocious monster that forces our protagonist to exhibit some quick thinking in order to survive his unbelievable experiences upon a sea-faring vehicle. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 94% CAM (2018) There's no denying that first-time feature filmmaker Daniel Goldhaber has created something special with Cam, though, regardless of what happens in its final moments, and I look forward to seeing whatever he does next (the same goes for Brewer as well). - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 85% Tumbbad (2018) I'm not sure what the distribution plans are for Tumbbad, but I do hope someone nabs it, as it's a deserving entry for what seems like a new era in Indian horror. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) An absolute blast. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) It feels like we'll still be discovering new intricate details in Guadagnino's Suspiria for years to come. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
5/5 79% Halloween (2018) It's easily the most satisfying time I've had with a franchise film in some time, and I think David Gordon Green and everyone involved have created a modern masterpiece that's just as great as Carpenter's original. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) [Black's] various homages to the first two Predator movies filled me with several moments of pure geek-tastic joy. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The whole affair is utterly charming, and I had a lot of fun with Roth's first foray into kid-centric genre fare. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 85% Freaks (2019) Freaks certainly leaves a huge impression, and the ingenuity on display from both Stein and Lipovsky is remarkable. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) While The Nun has some issues with tone and pacing, especially in the first half of the film, once the story settles in for the finale, that's when Hardy's love for the genre shines through. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The film delivers on its promise of wild and wooly fun that very much earns its R rating. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 7% Slender Man (2018) In terms of creating a creepy and unsettling movie for those who have been enthralled by the Slender Man character over the last few years, White delivers in that department. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) It may have a few rough patches, but as a whole, it's entertaining as hell and it really scratched my itch for aquatic-themed adventures this summer. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) To anyone who thinks they've "seen it all" when it comes to tech-based storytelling, I assure you that Searching offers up something very different and wholly memorable. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
4.5/5 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) There's no doubt that Elliott and his distinctively rugged screen presence is a huge reason as to why The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot works as well as it does. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/5 52% Our House (2018) Our House thoughtfully examines how those traumas can affect the familial unit, and how the worst of circumstances can sometimes bring out the best in people, especially when their loved ones are in jeopardy. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
29% Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988) Regardless of however you may feel about the movie, the one thing you have to give Cohen credit for is that ST14SB is truly unlike anything else that came out in 1988, or pretty much ever. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3.5/5 88% Nightmare Cinema (2019) Nightmare Cinema gets so much more right than it gets wrong, and I think fans are going to enjoy what these genre masters have cooked up in their anthological collaboration. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018