Terry Mesnard

Terry Mesnard
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Terry has written for CAD-Media and currently owns and operates Gayly Dreadful, a website devoted to promoting LGBTQ criticism and voices.
Publications: Gayly Dreadful

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 100% Mutant Blast (2019) Sometimes you want dissertations on [the] propensity towards ... self-destruction. And sometimes, you want ... an uncontrollably lactating giant rat. Get you a movie that does both. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut (1994) Tammy and the T-Rex is stupid fun. I've been a bit glib in this review, but I unabashedly enjoyed this movie. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is a mature and complex examination of the cyclical nature of the haves and have-notes. It's probably the best film I've seen this year. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 100% The Fare (2019) A brilliant Twilight Zone episode stretched to feature film length ... If it weren't operating on a standard ... feature run time, I think it would be a perfect experience. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5 66% Little Joe (2019) Ultimately, the slow invasion felt more style over substance. At one point, a character says, "who can prove the genuineness of feelings? Moreover, who cares?" Who cares, indeed. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 78% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) [Director] Adam Egypt Mortimer crafts Luke's descent with flourishes of Lynchian madness and an almost psychosexual level of paranoia. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Attack of the Demons (2019) If South Park, The Evil Dead and Demons had a baby that liked to dabble in the body horror monstrosities of The Thing...it'd look something like Attack of the Demons. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 71% Gwen (2019) Gwen is [William McGregor's] debut film; an assured start, deeply unsettling and bleak ... [trading] in a dark, slow horror that creeps on you in waves [and] grounded in reality. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 62% The Shed (2019) It operates on familiar tropes ... and then it twists it in very dark directions. It's just unfortunate it ultimately devolves into a stereotypical battle with an ancient evil. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 48% Eli (2019) I absolutely love it when a movie is willing to take such a wild swing. And swing they do ... It won't work for everyone, but boy did I enjoy Eli. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 53% Wounds (2019) The thing ... Anvari does best is give the movie an incredibly filthy look. It's about decay, but the decay you can't see ... [that's] just behind the veneer of a wall. Or a person - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 100% Dementer (2019) It's a very idiosyncratic film, much like Kinkle's first film ... It's the kind of movie that will be someone's favorite film this year. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) [Little Monsters] plastered a grin on my face for 90 minutes ... this is a comedy I full-heartedly recommend. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 100% VFW (2020) In the hands of a filmmaker like Joe Begos, it becomes something more and ... continues to prove that [he's] one of the best indie horror directors working today. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 89% Bliss (2019) I loved this movie. If you let it sink its teeth in you, it'll grab you and take you on a bliss-lined path to hell. It's filmmaking like this that makes me giddy about horror. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 85% Synchronic (2019) Come for the spectacle, stay for the meditation of our very existence. Synchronic is a stunning piece of science fiction with a heart beating just under the surface. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 100% Spiral (2019) The tension simmers ... [and it] becomes a powder keg seconds away from exploding ... [and] goes in some stunning and terrifying directions. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 70% Cubby (2019) I personally enjoyed [Cubby] and the off-center oddity of NYC as filtered through an overly imaginative manchild with a penchant for Klonopin and psychedelic cupcakes. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 100% Tu Me Manques (2019) I really enjoyed Tu Me Manques, even if it did feel a bit heavy-handed at times. It's grounded in real emotion and is captured so beautifully. Keep this one on your radar. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 100% Label Me (2019) Label Me impressed me from the very beginning, mostly because of the powerful and empathetic performances by Schuch and Benda. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 86% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) It wants to say something about fatherhood and family, but it doesn't seem to earn the oppressive and vaguely nihilistic ending. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 85% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) Even when The Odd Family plays around with typical zombie tropes, it puts its deliciously funny spin on them ... I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 100% Door Lock (2018) Door Lock feels like a great companion piece to Sleep Tight. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 83% Mystery Of The Night (2019) The entire feel of the movie feels staged, as befitting the play. There's a kind of artifice to the presentation, and it's here that I think the movie might lose viewers. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 88% Freaks (2019) It's an inventive movie ... and the action, when it happens, is staged beautifully. It's also grounded by some fantastic performances by the three main actors. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 57% DreadOut: Tower of Hell (2019) I was really rooting for this movie ... that it'd have a chance of breaking the cycle of bad video game movies. But no, some things remain the same in every culture, it seems. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2020) Mostly, it's just a fun and playfully charming movie that hums along at a nice pace. Nothing revolutionary but what's here is just rather delightful. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Wretched (2019) The Pierce Brothers brothers have crafted a fantastic horror film. Keep an eye on this one, folks. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) The world crafted by Ronan Blaney is grim and desperate ... While it's not a political movie, per se, it does show the systematic oppression of vulnerable members of society. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 61% Satanic Panic (2019) The plot is silly and sometimes the magic/rituals aren't explained very well, but it was campy fun the entire time. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 80% All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) At a fun, brisk 80 minutes, it's just the right length to tease and surprise without overstaying its welcome. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is dense. At times, the disparate themes almost seem at odds with each other. But there are clues, if you look for them. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 90% Cold Hell (Die Hölle) (2017) The story is at its best when it's about Özge and the killer's game of cat and mouse. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) For 152 minutes, we're taken on this journey through increasingly volatile and repugnant situations .. until we supposedly come out ... with a renewed sense of knowledge. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) Assassination Nation is as subtle as a baseball bat to the head. It's loud and angry ... Yet there's something completely cathartic in its deep nihilism. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 61% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) This is truly the darkest and most upsetting thing I've seen Blumhouse produce ... it is mean-spirited and gleeful in the traumas inflicted on the characters. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4.5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Embraces the chaos of DIY genre filmmaking in such an infectious way so that even when you're not laughing ... you'll still have a smile plastered on your face. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3/5 86% Lifechanger (2019) Lifechanger is an effective, if slightly rushed, thriller that is as mercurial as our antihero. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 76% Pledge (2019) Pledge is (sometimes frustratingly) ambiguous ... I have to give it credit, though. It's a scrappy little thriller that kept me entertained and enthralled the entire time. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) For a series that tried so hard to fight against being a typical superhero narrative, Glass falls victim to some of the worst narrative proclivities of modern superhero films - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4/5 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) So I guess [the greatest compliment is that] I can be so conflicted about the story, both inside and outside the film's narrative, and still enjoy ... it. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4.5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Horror Noire is easily the best horror documentary I've seen in a very long time. It tackles my favorite genre with pathos and intelligence... - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 72% Knives and Skin (2019) Ultimately, it's all a bunch of playacting...A slice of life, filtered through a lifetime of watching twisted versions of American life on television... - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Crossbreed (2019) The ambition here eclipses the script, the acting and the budget. And yet. And yet. I had a fun time. It's not good, but it doesn't feel cynically driven. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 88% The Golem (2019) It has a deliberate pacing that struggles a tiny bit in the second half, but ratchets up the tension as it careens to its denouement. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) For all the audaciousness the title promises, the end product is a more somber and dour film that tenderly examines the notion of heroism and American myths. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Yes, The Hole in the Ground is deliberately paced and decidedly a slow burn...but when it goes horror, it goes full tilt. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's both a fantastic and audacious sequel that is willing to kill its darlings and be different, while simultaneously...well, unfortunately killing its darlings and being completely different. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 72% Piercing (2019) Piercing is a delicious comedy served pitch black...an audacious sophomore film from Nicholas Pesce. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 57% The Cannibal Club (2019) It isn't quite a gorehound movie. It's a sometimes savage satire about the rich of Brazil that could easily be translated to United States. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019