Dread Central

Dread Central is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Drew Tinnin, Heather Wixson, Johnny Butane, Jonathan Barkan, Matt Donato, Michelle Swope, Rafael Motamayor, Staci Layne Wilson, Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Zena Dixon
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Parasite (2019) Jonathan Barkan Parasite is Bong Joon-ho at his very best. A masterpiece of storytelling and a captivating dissection of class struggles, it is cinema at its finest. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Jonathan Barkan Sit back, make sure you have some popcorn, and get ready for one of the most entertaining horror movies this year has to offer. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Jonathan Barkan You will be shocked, you will be devastated, and you will think about it long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 Head Count (2018) Matt Donato Elle Callahan's Head Count is a steaming bowl of California "Creepypasta" served up hot n' fresh for horror fan consumption. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jonathan Barkan Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the definition of a summer blockbuster. ...Just don't expect to care much along the way and maybe have some Dramamine ready. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 The Babysitter (2017) Matt Donato McG's hilarious and gruesome occult comedy proves Samara Weaving's worth seventy-billion times over, turning her into the new genre "it" girl overnight. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 The Snowman (2017) Matt Donato This is, for worse and only worse, the slipperiest slog of a crime thriller you'll attempt to grasp in 2017 - and that's only one out of infinity problems. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 Ég man þig (2017) Matt Donato I Remember You is a strong sophomore showing for Óskar Thór Axelsson, rife with dramatic sights and a tight control on carefully-leaked desperation. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End (2017) Matt Donato The End Of The End brings closure to hungry fans in all the ways they'd hope - albeit turned down a notch through animation. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Slumber (2017) Matt Donato Slumber is a tug-of-war between boogeyman haunter and psychological destroyer, neither side dealing anything more than serviceable nighttime blows. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Inoperable (2017) Matt Donato Inoperable is an ambitious time-looper that lacks surgical precision. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Devil's Gate (2018) Matt Donato Devil's Gate beams into its story with reckless abandon, but advances far quicker than audiences keep up with. At least there are some cool Javier Botet aliens, though? EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 A Demon Within (2017) Matt Donato A Demon Within is a seen-it-before possession thriller that summons nothing new into the conversation. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 The Midnight Man (2016) Matt Donato The Midnight Man begins by striking a meteoric horror high, only to plummet back down towards repetitive genre bumbling once the game's true - and less enticing - plot begins. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
1/5 The Open House (2018) Matt Donato A nameless villain, doomed nice guy, woefully unaware plot advancement - all the worst horror cliches found in one rage-quit worthy misfire. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Living Among Us (2018) Matt Donato Brian A. Metcalf's Living Among Us is a fun little found footage neighborhood riff on vampire mythos, albeit an incomplete bite. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 Blood Honey (2017) Matt Donato Blood Honey will leave you craving something worthwhile when it never delivers on its decadently gruesome promise. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
.5/5 Slender Man (2018) Matt Donato Crunchy Woodland Sound Effects, The Movie! EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 Await Further Instructions (2018) Matt Donato Await Further Instructions launches into survivalist psychotics that embrace walled-in escalation, always building towards "that" finale. The ride is filled with highs and lows, but damn if Johnny Kevorkian doesn't stick that landing. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Matt Donato Lords Of Chaos will leave you shaken, torn to shreds and thoroughly headbanged-out thanks to Jonas Åkerlund's torturous dedication to black-as-hell metal crimes. Decked in leather, soaked in damnation and ablaze with five-alarm intensity. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Matt Donato An effervescent suburban noir rich with tragedy, rough around the edges, but sharp like the dagger when it counts. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 Bliss (2019) Matt Donato An artist's drug-fueled frustrations are caught somewhere between BLADE's blood rave and Sean Byrne's THE DEVIL'S CANDY. Filthy punk rock aggression and filthier practical effects. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 () Matt Donato Come To Daddy is a mercilessly hilarious, bloody punch of revenge, personal destruction, and father-son reconciliation that's primed to please midnight audiences. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 () Michelle Swope Sublime and emotional, Something Else is one hell of a love story, a nightmarish monster movie, and an overall fantastical experience. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Thriller (2018) Zena Dixon Above all, I adored the actors in this film. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon) (2016) Drew Tinnin As it stands, Fury of the Demon documents a time when movie magic was much more frightening and otherworldly. It's a time worth traveling back to. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4.2/5 Kita Kita (2017) Rafael Motamayor Aan impressive screenwriting debut, featuring enough surprises to keep even the sharpest audiences guessing, as well as a thrilling story about how easy it is to not notice the darkness in people. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
2/5 Tone Deaf (2018) Rafael Motamayor A weak script and spotty editing results in a film that is neither funny, scary, or even entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 () Rafael Motamayor Villains is an entertaining and thrilling black comedy featuring your new favorite crime couple, and great performances from its small cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4.5/5 () Rafael Motamayor A hilarious film that exudes energy without losing its charm, all while delivering colorful social commentary on acid. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Jonathan Barkan Scary as hell, beautifully shot, and faithful in tone, horror fans won't want to miss this! EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Jonathan Barkan As a horror film it works just fine and, for as much as there is to scratch your head about, there's certainly enough to make you cover your eyes. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 The Head Hunter (2018) Jonathan Barkan Created by a skeleton crew on a meager budget with limited supplies, [The Head Hunter] is overflowing with imagination and atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Jonathan Barkan Daniel Isn't Real is a psychological thriller married with cosmic body horror in inventive, original, and exciting ways. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Jonathan Barkan Jordan Peele's Us is one of the most original horror titles in recent years. This movie is destined for greatness. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
5/5 Starfish (2016) Michelle Swope Starfish is a visually stunning, Lovecraftian journey into grief, monsters, mixtapes, and one girl's desperate attempt to save the world as she knows it. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Den blomstertid nu kommer (2018) Jonathan Barkan Beautifully filmed and breath-stoppingly intense, The Unthinkable wonderfully blends human emotion with the horror of war in a grounded and captivating story. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Jonathan Barkan Happy Death Day 2U loses the snappiness of the first film while injecting a substantial amount of gleeful absurdity. It won't please everyone but you'll be flat out lying if say you were bored. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Jonathan Barkan Never dull, always informative, and expertly crafted, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is a triumph of masterful execution, engaging storytelling, and brutal honesty. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Jonathan Barkan While [Alita: Battle Angel] falters in its storytelling and treatment of characters, it's so damn badass and fun that it's worth suffering its flaws. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Jonathan Barkan Unsure if it wants to be grounded in reality or embrace its fantastical premise, Glass is unable to strongly deliver on either. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3.5/5 Beyond the Night (2018) Michelle Swope Beyond the Night is an enthralling thriller with a unique supernatural twist that is slightly flawed by missing pieces to the mystery at the center of the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 The Quake (2018) Jonathan Barkan While not as mind-blowing or exhilarating as The Wave, The Quake is, without a doubt, a very solid, enjoyable, and thrilling experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 BOO! (2018) Anya Stanley The scares themselves are well-executed but the plot is saturated in dread, which is where the real craft shines through. A worthy watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
4.8/5 Creepshow (1982) Anthony Arrigo The lighting, color palette, splashy FX work, and caricature acting all combine to make Creepshow one of horror's most distinct and enduring films. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/5 House on Haunted Hill (1999) Anthony Arrigo House on Haunted Hill has a great first act and a handful of decent moments making it worth a watch, especially if you were weaned on '90s horror. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
1.5/5 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Matt Donato The same throwaway blaspheme you've switched off time and time again on late-night cable. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 Island Zero (2017) Michelle Swope Island Zero is almost kept afloat by an enticing storyline and strong performances, but ultimately sinks once the creature design and endgame are revealed. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
4/5 Rampant (2018) Rafael Motamayor It takes a while, but once the zombies start attacking Rampant becomes a spectacular crowd-pleaser with epic sword fights and grand set pieces. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Death House (2017) Michelle Swope Blood-Spattered Mayhem Destined to Become a Cult Favorite. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018