Daily Dead

Daily Dead is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Heather Wixson, Patrick Bromley, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Ma (2019) Heather Wixson Though Spencer is certainly the main highlight in Ma, the film also benefits from strong performances from the entire cast across the board... EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Domino (2019) Patrick Bromley Here's hoping that the director has at least one more great film in him before deciding to hang it up forever. I would hate for a career as brilliant as his to end on this sour a note. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Heather Wixson On a visual level, nearly every single frame of Godzilla: King of the Monsters feels like a work of art, with many moments evoking the spirit of Frank Frazetta's artistic creations (especially during the scenes with King Ghidorah). EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 Brightburn (2019) Heather Wixson When Brightburn leans into its genre elements, that's when the film really begins to find its footing story-wise, and there's a confidence to the way director David Yarovesky builds tension in several of Brightburn's key moments of terror. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 Starfish (2016) Heather Wixson While it's true that Starfish feels more like a mood piece than it does a deeply layered narrative, that doesn't meant that White hasn't crafted something that is profoundly affecting and truly unforgettable all the same. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 Charlie Says (2018) Heather Wixson It may not necessarily have anything new to say, but Charlie Says is still an intoxicating and horrifying journey all the same. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 I'll Take Your Dead (2018) Patrick Bromley A gem of a genre mash-up that's well worth tracking down. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 The Intruder (2019) Heather Wixson It may not be exactly "high art" to some, but for me, The Intruder was an absolute blast, and I enjoyed seeing Quaid really pull out all the stops with his completely wackadoo character of Charlie. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 () Heather Wixson A gruesomely hypnotic take on vampire lore, Bliss also perfectly encapsulates the Los Angeles experience for struggling creatives who still have to hustle themselves and their art, but also find themselves often frustrated trying to make ends meet. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 () Heather Wixson Something Else is more of a rumination on modern relationships than it is a full-blooded genre film, which is what I enjoyed so much about it, making its title wholly indicative of just what kind of experience awaits fans as Gardner's story unfolds. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 () Heather Wixson Come to Daddy makes for an impressive feature-length filmmaking debut, and I do hope we continue to see more from Timpson as a director in the near future. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4.5/5 () Heather Wixson Villains is just undeniably wonderful. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 Them That Follow (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 () Heather Wixson An exemplary effort from everyone involved, pushing storytelling boundaries and delivering up some truly nightmarish visuals to boot. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 Darlin' (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Heather Wixson A truly memorable directorial debut. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 Tone Deaf (2018) Heather Wixson Fans of Bates, Jr.'s work should find Tone-Deaf to be music to their ears. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 Valentine (2001) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Greta (2018) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 Wounds (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Heather Wixson Overall, it's a helluva first film from Cronin, who shows great promise here. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 The Lodge (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Mope (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Corporate Animals (2019) Heather Wixson Corporate Animals [is] one of the funniest subversive comedies that I've enjoyed in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Heather Wixson Without a doubt, Horror Noire is one of the most important entertainment documentaries to ever come along, genre or otherwise. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Prodigy (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4.5/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Heather Wixson Hands down, MEMORY is a must-see for any of my fellow Alien fans out there (which I'm sure there are plenty of). EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 Little Monsters (2019) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 The Golem (2018) Patrick Bromley What makes it special is that it's so culturally specific while at the same time finding a sort of universality that makes the characters sympathetic, their plight relatable. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/5 Escape Room (2019) Heather Wixson Robitel demonstrates a continued growth as a filmmaker here, and I am hoping there's more Escape Room fun awaiting us in the future... EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5/5 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 The Final Wish (2018) Heather Wixson 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 Digging Up the Marrow (2014) Patrick Bromley Digging Up the Marrow isn't just a terrific horror movie; it's a movie about why we are drawn to horror movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 Kill Me Three Times (2014) Patrick Bromley To view it is to keep a mental checklist of all the films in which we've previously encountered these same tropes. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Patrick Bromley It's clear that first-time director Whannell is interested in making something that feels like its own thing while still being part of the universe he created. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) Patrick Bromley It's not a movie born out of hipster irony, because everyone involved so clearly loves what they are attempting to slavishly recreate. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival (2015) Patrick Bromley This one has cult classic written all over it. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
5/5 Tales of Halloween (2015) Patrick Bromley I can't wait to revisit it again and again, celebrating the best night of the year and my favorite genre with a group of filmmakers clearly having the time of their lives. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 Body (2015) Patrick Bromley A taut, smart and nasty little film that gets us to fall in love with it before really twisting the knife. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 Sun Choke (2015) Patrick Bromley There's a lot to unpack and it offers no easy answers, but its challenges are deeply rewarding. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 Found Footage (2016) Patrick Bromley One of the best 3D and one of the best found footage movies I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Patrick Bromley It is gorgeous and moody, creepy and engaging, often darkly funny and entertaining from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018