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): Caitlin Kennedy, Heather Wixson, Laura Di Girolamo, Meagan Navarro, Patrick Bromley, Sara Clements, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) Heather Wixson Tremors: Shrieker Island is easily the best sequel in the series since Tremors II. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 His House (2020) Heather Wixson What works so well about His House is how Weekes is able to confidently blend together moments of gut-punch horror and devastating emotional stakes for his characters, making his directorial debut a truly remarkable moment for the genre in 2020. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 Don't Look Back (2020) Heather Wixson While the story does get a little too overly ambitious at times, Reddick does a great job of reining it all back in during the third act. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 The Swerve (2018) Heather Wixson Skye's performance is a revelation, and her portrayal of Holly's quiet desperation that bubbles over into full-blown self-destruction by the end of The Swerve is something that deserves to be discussed for years to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Heather Wixson As a sequel, it gets far more right than it gets wrong and I love that, in spirit, it feels right in line with the original film. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 Frank & Zed (2020) Heather Wixson The level of ingenuity and commitment that went into making Frank & Zed is truly a feat of filmmaking magic. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (2020) Heather Wixson Evokes a Raimi-esque sense of banana pants filmmaking that delivers up a ton of devilishly fun gore and violence. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Heather Wixson The Witches (2020) is a wonderful new cinematic exploration of this material that will surely delight viewers of all ages. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 () Heather Wixson Throughout his career, Dupieux has carved out a niche for telling truly oddball stories, and Mandibles is easily his most accessible effort to date. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 Climate of the Hunter (2019) Heather Wixson It certainly has a unique and intoxicating aesthetic to it, and as a period piece, its ostentatious nature does make the film a standout in that right. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 Archenemy (2020) Heather Wixson There's something uniquely bold about the type of world-building that Mortimer does with Archenemy. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
4.5/5 Mank (2020) Sara Clements You could say it's a masterful work that Frank Capra never made, that Edmund Goulding never made, or William Wyler never made ... captures a particular era of filmmaking so accurately that it looks & sounds like a film by directors of the 1930s and '40s. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
3/5 Kindred (2020) Sara Clements Kindred can be classified as one of those films that leaves you confused as to whether or not you hated it or liked it ... it's absolutely maddening. Not because it's an awful film (it's not) but because of what the central character goes through. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 The Mortuary Collection (2019) Caitlin Kennedy You'd be hard-pressed to find an audience that The Mortuary Collection can't appeal to. ... Pairs well with popcorn and a shiver down the spine! EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
4.5/5 Rebecca (2020) Caitlin Kennedy ... grimly atmospheric and dutifully Gothic, but with enough refreshed and contemporary elements to breathe new life into the classic story. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 Papi Ramirez vs. Giant Scorpions (2020) Heather Wixson What Rivera is able to achieve with Papi Ramirez vs Giant Scorpions is nothing short of a cinematic miracle, and it is truly some of the most impressive and resourceful filmmaking that I've had the pleasure of watching all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 Danni and the Vampire (2020) Heather Wixson While it might have some rough edges production-wise, those seams hardly matter when you can create a story as irresistible as Danni and the Vampire. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 The Last Thanksgiving (2020) Heather Wixson Even if the filmmaking is a bit messy at times, The Last Thanksgiving is still a worthy entry into the sparse pantheon of Thanksgiving-themed horror... EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
3.5/5 Love and Monsters (2020) Sara Clements Love and Monsters is a fun as hell, YA-style guide to surviving (and loving) in a monster apocalypse ... an entertaining action-adventure of self-discovery and finding the strength that lies within ourselves. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
4.5/5 Freaky (2020) Heather Wixson Freaky is easily one of the best supernatural slashers to come along in this era of modern horror, that perfectly blends together horror, humor, and heart seamlessly. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 Run (2020) Heather Wixson Run is a taut and highly suspenseful thriller that often zigs when you're expecting it to zag, resulting in an expertly crafted, nerve-shredding psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
5/5 Saint Maud (2019) Heather Wixson Saint Maud is truly an unsettling character study that slowly crawls under your skin and doesn't let go until the film's brutal and shocking climax. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Heather Wixson Cummings has found a way to breathe new life into a well-known subgenre in horror in a manner that is wholly unexpected and totally unique as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 Bloodthirsty (2020) Heather Wixson Bloodthirsty pulls no punches when it comes to pulling back the layers on just how all-consuming any artistic endeavor can be for creators. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
5/5 Spontaneous (2020) Heather Wixson Brian Duffield perfectly captures the high school experience and delivers up an experience that's wildly unpredictable and exciting, but also horrifying and heartbreaking all the same. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Heather Wixson The real-life horrors of The Boy Behind the Door left me rattled in ways I couldn't have possibly expected. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
4.5/5 The Stylist (2020) Heather Wixson A bold and stunning examination of how loneliness and anxiety can push all of us over the edge. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
3.5/5 Girl (2020) Heather Wixson Even though the script does get a bit repetitive at times, and the movie's energy dips a bit during the second act, Girl is still a helluva feature film directorial debut from Faust. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 () Heather Wixson Teddy stands out as a darkly funny yet heartbreaking entry in the pantheon of modern werewolf movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Heather Wixson The sequel proves there was still a great deal of fun to have with these characters, even if its finale relies a bit too much on dumping a ton of exposition on viewers, and recontextualizing its predecessor in a way that felt a little bit forced. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
2/5 Antebellum (2020) Heather Wixson I will always appreciate storytellers who take big, wide swings in an effort to deliver an audacious vision, but those swings need to make sense, too. And the story in Antebellum just doesn't gel at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
4.5/5 Alone (2020) Caitlin Kennedy Alone is a gripping story of survival and the fighting spirit. The plot is minimalist and straightforward, but Alone as a viewing experience is anything but basic. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
2/5 Sanzaru (2020) Caitlin Kennedy Sanzaru is a bleak dirge of a film EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
4/5 Minor Premise (2020) Heather Wixson Minor Premise demonstrates an adept ability to marry smart, intellectually-driven storytelling that also has a bit of an emotional wallop to it as well. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 Dinner in America (2020) Heather Wixson Dinner in America is certainly an abrasive dark comedy with pure anarchy coursing through its veins, but at its core, it's also a sweet and oddly charming story of two misunderstood outcasts finding a kindred spirit in each other. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 Get Duked! (2019) Heather Wixson Doff's efforts on crafting an irreverent and often absurd coming-of-age horror comedy hybrid with Get Duked! show both a great deal of promise and innovative style to boot. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
3.5/5 Rogue (2020) Heather Wixson Even though it's a thoroughly entertaining action-fueled saga, Rogue still has a lot to say beyond all the blood and the bullets, and I can't help but admire a director who swings for the fences the way Bassett does here. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/5 Centigrade (2020) Heather Wixson Rodriguez and Piazza clearly give their all here, and their performances are a highlight in Centigrade, and I'd definitely recommend it to those who enjoy films centered around characters trying to survive against all odds. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 Come True (2020) Heather Wixson Burns has created something special with Come True - a horror experience that's both heady and emotional, and confidently conveys a palpable sense of dread. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
4.5/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Heather Wixson A masterful exploration of grief and faith that often ratchets up the tension to unimaginable levels, The Dark and the Wicked is one of the most confidently crafted horror films of 2020, and is easily one of the best that this year has to offer as well. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
3.5/5 () Sara Clements Bleed with Me is a film that, while vague and lacking in exposition, hits us effectively with the notion that there's nothing more frightening than our own mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/5 Hail to the Deadites (2020) Heather Wixson It's well made and I applaud Villeneuve's efforts, but I don't think Hail to the Deadites brings a whole lot to the table overall. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4.5/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Heather Wixson What I enjoyed most about this latest Bill & Ted is for as fun as it is, there is something quite lovely about the message of Face the Music that is a hugely emotional component of the narrative: what is a legacy and how do you define your own legacy? EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 Unearth (2020) Heather Wixson I do think Unearth works as well as it does because of its performances, and for those who are a bit more flexible with their definitions of horror should enjoy what Swies and Lyons have created with Unearth. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
5/5 You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Heather Wixson What's so wonderful about this doc is that regardless of your feelings about Arquette or about professional wrestling, there's something universal about what the actor experiences throughout this, that it's bound to win over viewers of all walks of life. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Heather Wixson A haunting and unflinching tale of vengeance of witchcraft, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw does an outstanding job of immersing us in a world of folk horror that time has seemingly left behind. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 12 Hour Shift (2020) Heather Wixson Grant has crafted an acerbic screwball crime caper that has its razor-sharp tongue planted firmly in its cheek, and I absolutely adored every single madcap minute of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 Special Actors (2019) Heather Wixson One Cut of the Dead may have been Ueda's breakout moment, but with Special Actors, he proves that he's one of the most uniquely compelling filmmakers working today. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4.5/5 Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) Heather Wixson An enlightening look at the ups and downs that many indie filmmakers are constantly facing, as well as the daunting task of trying to just get a film up and running in the first place. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4.5/5 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Heather Wixson She Dies Tomorrow soars with an absolutely top-notch cast, and the results are a handful of breathtaking and heartbreaking performances that will be hard for most viewers to shake off long after the credits have rolled. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020