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 83% 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 80% 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 89% 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 50% 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 (2019) 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 86% 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 65% 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 78% 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 57% 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 60% 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!) (2017) 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 (2018) 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 76% 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 75% 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 71% 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 54% 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
3.5/5 81% Level 16 (2019) What begins as an almost typical YA narrative takes a turn into some truly pitch black directions. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 50% Devil's Path (2019) It's more than a simple "Men lost in the woods" thriller and some of the themes it digs into were ultimately engrossing. I just wish the route getting there was as interesting - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Between the Trees (2019) I hate writing negative reviews of independent films that are trying to make it in a very cluttered film scene. But this one just didn't do it for me. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 93% Starfish (2019) [Starfish is] emblematic of depression: messy, confusing, slow and unconnected. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4.5/5 81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) [Knife + Heart] could have fit perfectly in the 70s era of grindhouse films, Euro/Italian gialli and De Palma-esqe psychological thrillers. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 70% Relaxer (2019) Is it possible for a movie to smell bad? Because Relaxer stinks. And I don't mean it pejoratively. The stench oozes from the sweaty pores of the man-child protagonist. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 8% Division 19 (2019) There's so many plot threads going through the first half of the movie that I was unsure what the narrative thrust truly was. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Just Friends (2018) So yes, Just Friends is a fun, delightful romantic comedy. It's sweet and the actors are winsome. Is it perfect? No. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 95% Depraved (2019) But what Fessenden does best is focus on the intense character work. Depraved is at its best when it focuses on the relationship between Henry and Adam. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 43% White Chamber (2019) It's pretty wishy-washy and for a movie that seems to be a political sci-fi thriller - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
.5/5 No Score Yet Pet Graveyard (2019) Listen, I try to find something good to say about movies I don't like. But sometimes I can't even muster up one positive thing. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 100% The Head Hunter (2019) The Head Hunter won't be for everyone because it lacks a lot of visual action...It's more of a moody atmospheric examination of this man's eternal need for revenge. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 85% Luz (2019) A narrative puzzle-box that expects the audience to be on the same page so that it can dodge past most exposition, it is a mystery of small budget inventiveness. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) It's one of my favorite King adaptations. And proves that sometimes dead isn't better. But that could just be the Pet Sematary talking. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Blood Craft (2019) I dunno, reader. This just wasn't my cup of tea. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
5/5 82% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Sorry Angel is a masterpiece that left me full of conflicting thoughts and feelings. It shouldn't be missed. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 95% Harpoon (2019) I haven't gleefully laughed this hard at a dark comedy in a very long time. It's vicious and nasty in the best way. - Gayly Dreadful EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019