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, Meagan Navarro, Patrick Bromley, Sara Clements, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Trick (2019) Heather Wixson Trick is playing a much grander game than your run-of-the-mill, killer on the loose story. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Heather Wixson Scream, Queen! is yet another stellar exploration of the power of horror movies and how they not only impact the lives of fans everywhere, but the people involved with them as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Furies (2019) Patrick Bromley A gory blast from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/5 () Sara Clements If someone decided to make a documentary about those mothers who go on Dr. Phil to talk about how their young child is trying to stab them in their sleep, it would probably look something like Katrin Gebbe's Pelican Blood. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 Riot Girls (2019) Sara Clements Jovanka Vuckovic's feature debut, Riot Girls, succeeds in separating itself from the mould, with a hard rock survival tale that feels like something The CW could produce at their full potential. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 Clifton Hill (2019) Sara Clements Clifton Hill is a story wrapped in the ambiguity of truths and the danger of lies, told through the eyes of Abby, one of the most interesting and complex characters of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Heather Wixson While it has some pacing issues, by and large, this concluding chapter in the IT saga is a scary, hilarious, emotionally charged, and satisfying adaptation of King's most ambitious novel ever. Despite a few minor flaws, I absolutely adored it. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Heather Wixson Ready or Not is undoubtedly one of the most confidently and ingeniously crafted genre films of 2019 that delivers up a true crowd-pleasing experience to boot. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 Gwen (2018) Sara Clements Gwen is a film that clearly has an itch for The Witch, but while it succeeds in creating a similar atmosphere, it lacks the lore to really make this a successful horror film. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Heather Wixson I had a blast with 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, as Roberts finds new ways to make any sort of trip underwater fraught with tension and danger at every turn. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Meagan Navarro Scary Stories delivers up Halloween fun with enough chills and memorable monsters to solidify itself a worthy gateway horror film to revisit for years to come. It's overly familiar formula will ward off seasoned horror fans, though. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Mystery Of The Night (2019) Meagan Navarro A captivating origin story of a Filipino mythical creature relayed with style, poignancy, and a lot on its mind. This fairy tale bides its time until it unleashes a gnarly, gore-filled finale. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
2.5/5 () Meagan Navarro Despite a few minor tweaks, the addition of gore by way of eye trauma, and a modern polish on an old trope, 'Stare' doesn't stray far from the J-horror formula introduced by 'Ringu' two decades ago. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 Harpoon (2019) Meagan Navarro A lean, mean thriller with pitch-black humor pumping through its veins, this is one boat ride worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4.5/5 () Sara Clements The Wretched is a wicked and suspenseful thrill until the very end -- a film that will make you weary of every dark corner in anticipation of the long, clawed hand that could reach out from within. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Sara Clements Reeder proves she has a bold eye for filmmaking, but it doesn't live up to its potential with her script's lack of focus ( ... ). With a poster that has the tagline, 'Have you seen Carolyn Harper?' the film risks the audience asking by the end, 'Who?!' EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Sara Clements Full of surprising twists and one of the best endings of the year, Stearns truly triumphs in his second feature-length directorial work. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 Crawl (2019) Heather Wixson Crawl is an action-packed thriller that has something of a nasty bite to it at times and the performances from both Scodelario and Pepper add so much to the story as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Heather Wixson Dauberman should be proud of what he's achieved with his first time at bat as a director, as it feels like he's crafted something very special and made a filmic treat for those of us who have been following The Conjuring films from the very beginning. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Child's Play (2019) Heather Wixson Not only does it deliver up a viciously entertaining time, but it also does what every great remake should do-find a way to bring something new to the table-and that's precisely why Child's Play (2019) worked as well for me as it did. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Heather Wixson Midsommar is an impressive, albeit flawed, sophomore effort from Aster, who once again demonstrates just why he's one of the most interesting filmmakers working today. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
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 Bliss (2019) 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 After Midnight (2019) 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 Come To Daddy (2019) 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 Villains (2019) 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 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) 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 (2019) 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