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
4/5 () Heather Wixson In a day and age where it feels like so much of our communication with the world at large happens through technology, Scare Me serves as a great reminder that nothing beats the age-old tradition of sharing a memorable yarn (or two) with others. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 The Turning (2020) Heather Wixson The power of the story of The Turn of the Screw is in the ambiguity of the governess' mental state, and the way The Turning wraps up almost strips away the power that lies in the original story with a weird, sort of abrupt narrative shrug. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
3.5/5 The Grudge (2020) Heather Wixson Pesce gives us everything by way of standard Grudge fare, but he also sidesteps genre fans' expectations by digging even deeper here with this latest Grudge project. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 () Heather Wixson An honest and unflinching character-driven drama that takes a turn into full-blown horror territory once Relic builds towards its final moments, and it does so with the greatest of ease. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 Carrie (2002) Patrick Bromley Carson is essentially remaking De Palma's movie, and badly at that. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/5 Three Christs (2017) Sara Clements Three Christs is a film that sits between being good and being bad. It's good in its choice of actors and fascinating exploration of the human mind, but it's bad because it's a slog and the female characters feel like objects. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Heather Wixson It's almost unfair that Knives Out is as entertaining and enjoyable as it is, because any future murder mystery movies will forever have to live up to how high Rian Johnson sets the bar here with his latest effort. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/5 Prey (2019) Sara Clements Despite the suspenseful premise, Prey turns in one of Blumhouse's weaker productions, which all comes down to unoriginality and an underdeveloped backstory. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 Spiral (2019) Sara Clements Director Kurtis David Harder, producer of Harpoon and What Keeps You Alive, has crafted a film whose title, Spiral, is symbolic of the endless cycle of hate that plagues the world and America in particular. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 Greener Grass (2019) Heather Wixson A satirical send-up of suburban life that feels like it would be right at home airing in the late-night hours of Adult Swim, Greener Grass is an absurdly offbeat examination of the American Dream. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.5/5 The Gallows Act II (2019) Heather Wixson The Gallows Act II is a total letdown as a sequel, and completely undoes everything that I enjoyed about the original film in the first place. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Heather Wixson The Lighthouse is one of the boldest genre films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Heather Wixson If we never get another Terminator movie again in the future, Terminator: Dark Fate is a fantastically entertaining and satisfying note for the franchise to go out on. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Heather Wixson With Doctor Sleep, Flanagan has assuredly crafted a compelling, heartfelt, and horrifying tale of redemption, trauma, and embracing your own sense of power, all while celebrating the works of Kubrick, King, and his own career as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Satanic Panic (2019) Patrick Bromley It's everything you might expect from a Fangoria production and everything a horror kid could want out of a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
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 Disappearance at 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