Patrick Cavanaugh

Patrick Cavanaugh
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I began reviewing films for my own blog in 2010, as my busy work schedule prevented me from ever interacting with friends or coworkers about horror films. With my blog, I could communicate with friends (and strangers) around the world through my passionate, connecting me with peers from around the country. I used my blog to gain access to film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest, using my conversational and (hopefully) comedic voice to entertain readers regardless of whether or not they agreed with me or ever wanted to see a movie. Moving into more long-form reviews and spending time working with an editor, I continued to offer unconventional insight into films while using a more objective voice while still aiming to entertain readers. WIth every review written, I aim to find new perspectives from which to approach a film or TV show so readers are given an entirely unique point of view from which to appreciate a film.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 69% Like Me (2018) Offers a handful of visually interesting sequences but scrolling through Tumblr might be a more effective use of your time. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 87% It Comes At Night (2017) Effective as both a deliberately paced allegory with a sense of dread throughout, as well as a horror movie you can take at face value that's full of solid jump scares. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 25% Camera Obscura (2017) Mostly pays off its ambiguous and psychological premise but feels unsure of itself, keeping itself too vague to its own detriment. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 74% Killing Ground (2017) Recycles a number of backwoods-slasher tropes that will only really satiate devotees of the subgenre. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 78% Sequence Break (2017) A slimy and squishy experience that would have been even stronger with a more concise critique on technology. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 57% Game of Death (2020) The overall unlikability of the cast made a majority of the narrative frustrating and unenjoyable, with its frenetic editing compounding the irritating experience. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 83% Tragedy Girls (2017) Manages to blend humor with horror in a way that feels fresh, giving a new generation of horror fans their very own Scream. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 83% Replace (2017) The convincing effects will only whet your appetite and leave you hungry for something more substantial, as you're left to wonder which cast members knew the campiness of the concept. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 93% Rift (Rökkur) (2017) Its success comes from the exquisitely built narrative that allows for multiple interpretations of the events, challenging the viewer to come to their own conclusions. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) A complete assault on your mind, body, and soul that will leave you feeling battered and broken. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 90% A Vigilante (2019) A powerful debut feature with a commanding performance from Olivia Wilde that will hopefully see them both lean more into genre films in future projects. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 76% The Ranger (2018) Pays its respects to the storied history of iconic slashers, only to serve more as a disappointing homage to the '80s without offering anything new. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 70% Wildling (2018) Sure to appeal to Young Adult fans and burgeoning werewolf connoisseurs, yet it doesn't quite capitalize on its promising premise. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 49% Marrowbone (2018) Delivers audiences a nontraditional drama that has enough moments of terror to keep horror fans interested, anchored by solid performances and an eerie atmosphere. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Morfydd Clark's tour-de-force performance gives us a disturbingly familiar account of unchecked obsessions, becoming an unsettling and ambiguous descent into darkness. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Harrowing, nuanced, and surprisingly joyful, Carey Mulligan and director Emerald Fennell prove themselves as powerhouses, giving us one of the year's most important films. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Truly gruesome gore and visceral visuals elevate the relatively expected mind-melding mystery. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Chupacabra Terror (2005) How are we supposed to be afraid of something whose weakness is nets? - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) An effective blend of humor and horror that manages to keep the audience on their toes despite failing to elevate itself above its many predecessors in this subgenre. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/5 75% The Wretched (2020) Borrows from some of the best seminal monster movies, surely exciting fans of the subgenre, though fails to offer anything new to the formula. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) A gorgeous, touching, and mesmerizing experience as confounding as death itself. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 71% Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) As opposed to other "so-bad-they're-good" shark films, this sequel draws viewers in with its genuineness and pays off with some truly jaw-dropping carnage. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 75% The Rental (2020) The script, direction, and performances all concoct an anxiety-riddled emotional drama in the first act before descending into traditional, relatively effective horror tropes. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
4/5 92% Relic (2020) In ways both literal and figurative, Relic delivers a haunting exploration into confronting the things we fear most and coping with those inevitabilities. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 91% 1922 (2017) For those King fans who know nothing is more horrifying than the horrors of man, 1922 delivers a mix between There Will Be Blood and Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, featuring Jane at his darkest and most disturbing. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3/5 69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) A strong cast and unexpected reveals make it stand above its Satanic Panic peers, but it plays things too safe to be especially memorable. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) An effective tale of terror with unsettling and disturbing mythology, but fails to offer any nuance with its allegorical exploration of the suburban Hell. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Effective both with its full-blown horror antics and as a depiction of the real-world abuse one can suffer, Whannell delivers an endlessly unsettling experience. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
4/5 74% The Lodge (2020) An unrelenting, punishing, and perplexing journey into the unknown, further proving Franz and Fiala as some of the genre's most promising filmmakers. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) With director Richard Stanley and star Nicolas Cage playing to their strengths, its the technicolor nightmare Lovecraft fans have been waiting for. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 47% Underwater (2020) A compelling ensemble elevates it above its creature-feature peers, but it still can't escape falling into the subgenre's expected tropes. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) A series of undeniably successful action and emotional sequences add up to an engaging conclusion, even with a number of missteps. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 91% In Fabric (2019) Enchanting and absurd from its opening moments, some will immediately be hypnotized while others will find the narrative hangs them out to dry. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 91% QT8: The First Eight (2019) A loving tribute to a defining filmmaker of his generation that serves more as a celebration of his accomplishments than a critical dissection of the person. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 95% The Irishman (2019) Not only do we get career-best performances from De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino, but we're also served a grim reminder of our own mortality, regardless of the life we've led. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 95% Sweetheart (2019) Clemons' engaging performance is the film's biggest strength, as it finds inventive ways to blend tropes to keep the audience engaged in its thrills. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 66% Mister America (2019) While it's humorous and entertaining throughout, Mister America is a tremendous victory for Heidecker, Turkington, and On Cinema fans for its existence alone. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 71% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Sheds light not only on one of Florida's weirdest viral sensations, but also offers a fascinating exploration of folklore in the digital age. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 36% In the Tall Grass (2019) Despite having an abundance of promising ideas, it fails to decide what direction it wants to pursue, leaving everyone lost. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/5 58% 3 from Hell (2019) What was likely meant to be the series' greatest hits feels more like a cover band going through the motions of a formerly engaging franchise. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 77% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Finds just the right balance between goofy teenage antics and full-blown nightmare fuel to delight fans both young and old. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) A compelling critique on gender roles and toxic masculinity that ultimately pulls its punches. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) A harrowing and hypnotizing descent into madness, despite landing at an expected destination for the genre. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The best spinoff in the franchise yet, delivering playfulness and charming characters to remind you that a horror movie doesn't have to be a dreadful affair. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch offers one of the more unique zombie comedies in recent years, with its all-star cast barely salvaging the mixed bag of humor and horror. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 56% Ma (2019) Octavia Spencer barely salvages this tonally uneven thriller that feels both too absurd and too restrained at the same time. - ComicBook.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Uncompromising, ambitious, captivating, and horrifying, Guadagnino pays off the original film's premise in truly unsettling ways. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 70% Hold the Dark (2018) The performers and Saulnier's eye for unconventional framing keep you glued to the screen in this exploration of trauma, violence, and isolation. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 93% CAM (2018) A compelling update of a B-movie storyline featuring a strong lead performance that fails to stick the landing. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
2/5 67% All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) A mixed bag of laughs and scares, fans will be left wanting more of both, despite the unique interpretations of holiday horrors. - The Wolfman Cometh EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019