Gayly Dreadful

Gayly Dreadful is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Terry Mesnard
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 () Terry Mesnard I personally enjoyed [Cubby] and the off-center oddity of NYC as filtered through an overly imaginative manchild with a penchant for Klonopin and psychedelic cupcakes. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 () Terry Mesnard I really enjoyed Tu Me Manques, even if it did feel a bit heavy-handed at times. It's grounded in real emotion and is captured so beautifully. Keep this one on your radar. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 () Terry Mesnard Label Me impressed me from the very beginning, mostly because of the powerful and empathetic performances by Schuch and Benda. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) Terry Mesnard It wants to say something about fatherhood and family, but it doesn't seem to earn the oppressive and vaguely nihilistic ending. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) Terry Mesnard Even when The Odd Family plays around with typical zombie tropes, it puts its deliciously funny spin on them ... I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 () Terry Mesnard Door Lock feels like a great companion piece to Sleep Tight. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 Mystery Of The Night (2019) Terry Mesnard The entire feel of the movie feels staged, as befitting the play. There's a kind of artifice to the presentation, and it's here that I think the movie might lose viewers. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 Freaks (2018) Terry Mesnard It's an inventive movie ... and the action, when it happens, is staged beautifully. It's also grounded by some fantastic performances by the three main actors. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 () Terry Mesnard I was really rooting for this movie ... that it'd have a chance of breaking the cycle of bad video game movies. But no, some things remain the same in every culture, it seems. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 Extra Ordinary (2019) Terry Mesnard Mostly, it's just a fun and playfully charming movie that hums along at a nice pace. Nothing revolutionary but what's here is just rather delightful. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 () Terry Mesnard The Pierce Brothers brothers have crafted a fantastic horror film. Keep an eye on this one, folks. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 () Terry Mesnard The world crafted by Ronan Blaney is grim and desperate ... While it's not a political movie, per se, it does show the systematic oppression of vulnerable members of society. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 Satanic Panic (2019) Terry Mesnard The plot is silly and sometimes the magic/rituals aren't explained very well, but it was campy fun the entire time. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) Terry Mesnard At a fun, brisk 80 minutes, it's just the right length to tease and surprise without overstaying its welcome. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
5/5 Suspiria (2018) Terry Mesnard Suspiria is dense. At times, the disparate themes almost seem at odds with each other. But there are clues, if you look for them. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 Cold Hell (2017) Terry Mesnard The story is at its best when it's about Özge and the killer's game of cat and mouse. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Terry Mesnard For 152 minutes, we're taken on this journey through increasingly volatile and repugnant situations .. until we supposedly come out ... with a renewed sense of knowledge. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
4/5 Assassination Nation (2018) Terry Mesnard Assassination Nation is as subtle as a baseball bat to the head. It's loud and angry ... Yet there's something completely cathartic in its deep nihilism. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Terry Mesnard This is truly the darkest and most upsetting thing I've seen Blumhouse produce ... it is mean-spirited and gleeful in the traumas inflicted on the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
4.5/5 One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Terry Mesnard Embraces the chaos of DIY genre filmmaking in such an infectious way so that even when you're not laughing ... you'll still have a smile plastered on your face. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
3/5 Lifechanger (2018) Terry Mesnard Lifechanger is an effective, if slightly rushed, thriller that is as mercurial as our antihero. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 Pledge (2018) Terry Mesnard Pledge is (sometimes frustratingly) ambiguous ... I have to give it credit, though. It's a scrappy little thriller that kept me entertained and enthralled the entire time. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Terry Mesnard For a series that tried so hard to fight against being a typical superhero narrative, Glass falls victim to some of the worst narrative proclivities of modern superhero films EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
4/5 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Terry Mesnard So I guess [the greatest compliment is that] I can be so conflicted about the story, both inside and outside the film's narrative, and still enjoy ... it. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
4.5/5 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Terry Mesnard Horror Noire is easily the best horror documentary I've seen in a very long time. It tackles my favorite genre with pathos and intelligence... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Terry Mesnard Ultimately, it's all a bunch of playacting...A slice of life, filtered through a lifetime of watching twisted versions of American life on television... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
2.5/5 Crossbreed (2018) Terry Mesnard The ambition here eclipses the script, the acting and the budget. And yet. And yet. I had a fun time. It's not good, but it doesn't feel cynically driven. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 The Golem (2018) Terry Mesnard It has a deliberate pacing that struggles a tiny bit in the second half, but ratchets up the tension as it careens to its denouement. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Terry Mesnard For all the audaciousness the title promises, the end product is a more somber and dour film that tenderly examines the notion of heroism and American myths. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Terry Mesnard Yes, The Hole in the Ground is deliberately paced and decidedly a slow burn...but when it goes horror, it goes full tilt. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Terry Mesnard It's both a fantastic and audacious sequel that is willing to kill its darlings and be different, while simultaneously...well, unfortunately killing its darlings and being completely different. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 Piercing (2018) Terry Mesnard Piercing is a delicious comedy served pitch black...an audacious sophomore film from Nicholas Pesce. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 O Clube dos Canibais (2018) Terry Mesnard It isn't quite a gorehound movie. It's a sometimes savage satire about the rich of Brazil that could easily be translated to United States. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 Level 16 (2018) Terry Mesnard What begins as an almost typical YA narrative takes a turn into some truly pitch black directions. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 Devil's Path (2018) Terry Mesnard It's more than a simple "Men lost in the woods" thriller and some of the themes it digs into were ultimately engrossing. I just wish the route getting there was as interesting EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
1.5/5 Between the Trees (2019) Terry Mesnard I hate writing negative reviews of independent films that are trying to make it in a very cluttered film scene. But this one just didn't do it for me. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 Starfish (2016) Terry Mesnard [Starfish is] emblematic of depression: messy, confusing, slow and unconnected. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4.5/5 Knife + Heart (2018) Terry Mesnard [Knife + Heart] could have fit perfectly in the 70s era of grindhouse films, Euro/Italian gialli and De Palma-esqe psychological thrillers. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 Relaxer (2018) Terry Mesnard Is it possible for a movie to smell bad? Because Relaxer stinks. And I don't mean it pejoratively. The stench oozes from the sweaty pores of the man-child protagonist. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 Division 19 (2017) Terry Mesnard There's so many plot threads going through the first half of the movie that I was unsure what the narrative thrust truly was. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 Just Friends (2018) Terry Mesnard So yes, Just Friends is a fun, delightful romantic comedy. It's sweet and the actors are winsome. Is it perfect? No. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 Depraved (2019) Terry Mesnard But what Fessenden does best is focus on the intense character work. Depraved is at its best when it focuses on the relationship between Henry and Adam. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 White Chamber (2018) Terry Mesnard It's pretty wishy-washy and for a movie that seems to be a political sci-fi thriller EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
.5/5 Pet Graveyard (2019) Terry Mesnard Listen, I try to find something good to say about movies I don't like. But sometimes I can't even muster up one positive thing. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 The Head Hunter (2018) Terry Mesnard The Head Hunter won't be for everyone because it lacks a lot of visual action...It's more of a moody atmospheric examination of this man's eternal need for revenge. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Luz (2018) Terry Mesnard A narrative puzzle-box that expects the audience to be on the same page so that it can dodge past most exposition, it is a mystery of small budget inventiveness. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Terry Mesnard It's one of my favorite King adaptations. And proves that sometimes dead isn't better. But that could just be the Pet Sematary talking. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
1/5 Blood Craft (2019) Terry Mesnard I dunno, reader. This just wasn't my cup of tea. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
5/5 Sorry Angel (2018) Terry Mesnard Sorry Angel is a masterpiece that left me full of conflicting thoughts and feelings. It shouldn't be missed. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 Harpoon (2019) Terry Mesnard I haven't gleefully laughed this hard at a dark comedy in a very long time. It's vicious and nasty in the best way. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019