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): Joe Lipsett, Terry Mesnard
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Lodge (2019) Terry Mesnard It's that rare movie that succeeded for me in spite of its too-obvious twists. Weeks from now, I won't think about the flimsy plotting. I'll think of the empty pit it left in my gut. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
3.5/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Terry Mesnard Color Out of Space is probably the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation I've seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
2.5/5 () Terry Mesnard The Room could have been a disturbing psychosexual rumination on "The Monkey's Paw." Instead, the subject matter is treated for shock value. And that's disappointing. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 I See You (2019) Terry Mesnard It's one of those movies where if you think back on it, it might not completely make sense. But man was it a fun watch. Highly recommended for fans of twisty thrillers. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2020
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Terry Mesnard It feels so tantalizingly close to a perfect, atmospheric film...Still, fans of Strickland's work will continue to find a lot to love here. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/5 () Terry Mesnard While it's not perfect and the pacing is a bit muddled, Greenlight really nails the relationship between the young upstart director and the world-weary producer. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2020
3.5/5 Mutant Blast (2018) Terry Mesnard Sometimes you want dissertations on [the] propensity towards ... self-destruction. And sometimes, you want ... an uncontrollably lactating giant rat. Get you a movie that does both. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut (2019) Terry Mesnard Tammy and the T-Rex is stupid fun. I've been a bit glib in this review, but I unabashedly enjoyed this movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5/5 Parasite (2019) Terry Mesnard Parasite is a mature and complex examination of the cyclical nature of the haves and have-notes. It's probably the best film I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 The Fare (2019) Terry Mesnard A brilliant Twilight Zone episode stretched to feature film length ... If it weren't operating on a standard ... feature run time, I think it would be a perfect experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5 Little Joe (2019) Terry Mesnard Ultimately, the slow invasion felt more style over substance. At one point, a character says, "who can prove the genuineness of feelings? Moreover, who cares?" Who cares, indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Terry Mesnard [Director] Adam Egypt Mortimer crafts Luke's descent with flourishes of Lynchian madness and an almost psychosexual level of paranoia. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 Attack of the Demons (2019) Terry Mesnard If South Park, The Evil Dead and Demons had a baby that liked to dabble in the body horror monstrosities of The Thing...it'd look something like Attack of the Demons. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 Gwen (2018) Terry Mesnard Gwen is [William McGregor's] debut film; an assured start, deeply unsettling and bleak ... [trading] in a dark, slow horror that creeps on you in waves [and] grounded in reality. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 The Shed (2019) Terry Mesnard It operates on familiar tropes ... and then it twists it in very dark directions. It's just unfortunate it ultimately devolves into a stereotypical battle with an ancient evil. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Eli (2019) Terry Mesnard I absolutely love it when a movie is willing to take such a wild swing. And swing they do ... It won't work for everyone, but boy did I enjoy Eli. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 Wounds (2019) Terry Mesnard The thing ... Anvari does best is give the movie an incredibly filthy look. It's about decay, but the decay you can't see ... [that's] just behind the veneer of a wall. Or a person EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Dementer (2019) Terry Mesnard It's a very idiosyncratic film, much like Kinkle's first film ... It's the kind of movie that will be someone's favorite film this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 Little Monsters (2019) Terry Mesnard [Little Monsters] plastered a grin on my face for 90 minutes ... this is a comedy I full-heartedly recommend. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 VFW (2019) Terry Mesnard In the hands of a filmmaker like Joe Begos, it becomes something more and ... continues to prove that [he's] one of the best indie horror directors working today. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 Bliss (2019) Terry Mesnard I loved this movie. If you let it sink its teeth in you, it'll grab you and take you on a bliss-lined path to hell. It's filmmaking like this that makes me giddy about horror. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 Synchronic (2019) Terry Mesnard Come for the spectacle, stay for the meditation of our very existence. Synchronic is a stunning piece of science fiction with a heart beating just under the surface. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 () Terry Mesnard The tension simmers ... [and it] becomes a powder keg seconds away from exploding ... [and] goes in some stunning and terrifying directions. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 Cubby (2019) 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 Tu me manques (2019) 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 The Wretched (2019) 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 A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) 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 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