Heather Wixson

Heather Wixson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dread Central, Daily Dead

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 82% Crawl (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 64% Child's Play (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 54% Ma (2019) Though Spencer is certainly the main highlight in Ma, the film also benefits from strong performances from the entire cast across the board... - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 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). - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 57% Brightburn (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 93% Starfish (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 58% Charlie Says (2019) It may not necessarily have anything new to say, but Charlie Says is still an intoxicating and horrifying journey all the same. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 31% The Intruder (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 100% Bliss (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 100% After Midnight (Something Else) (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 94% Come to Daddy (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4.5/5 84% Villains (2019) Villains is just undeniably wonderful. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 64% Them That Follow (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 88% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) An exemplary effort from everyone involved, pushing storytelling boundaries and delivering up some truly nightmarish visuals to boot. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 68% Darlin' (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 93% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) A truly memorable directorial debut. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 36% Tone-Deaf (2019) Fans of Bates, Jr.'s work should find Tone-Deaf to be music to their ears. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 93% Us (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 11% Valentine (2001) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 60% Greta (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 54% Wounds (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 86% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Overall, it's a helluva first film from Cronin, who shows great promise here. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 79% The Lodge (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Mope (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
32% Corporate Animals (2019) Corporate Animals [is] one of the funniest subversive comedies that I've enjoyed in quite some time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) 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. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U takes some major swings in terms of subverting expectations, and I respect the hell out of Landon for not being satisfied by just resting on his storytelling laurels. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Without a doubt, Horror Noire is one of the most important entertainment documentaries to ever come along, genre or otherwise. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 43% The Prodigy (2019) Overall, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed myself during The Prodigy, and I am so glad that everyone involved really pushed the envelope to give audiences something more than a story we've all seen countless times before. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4.5/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Hands down, MEMORY is a must-see for any of my fellow Alien fans out there (which I'm sure there are plenty of). - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) As a film, Extremely Wicked is really solid and well-executed, but admittedly, there's nothing wholly revelatory to [director Joe] Berlinger's approach to the material, either. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) As a whole, I think [director Grant] Sputore, his cast, and writer Michael Lloyd Green have created something very special with I Am Mother, and I am excited to see what happens with this film in the future. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 93% Little Monsters (2019) There's no doubt in my mind that Little Monsters is poised to be the breakout horror hit of 2019, as it's infectiously charming and heartfelt, and it left me with a big goofy grin. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 50% Escape Room (2019) Robitel demonstrates a continued growth as a filmmaker here, and I am hoping there's more Escape Room fun awaiting us in the future... - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5/5 19% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) As a whole, The Possession of Hannah Grace is probably a solid spookfest for casual genre fans, but I don't think it offers up much for those of us who call horror our way of life. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 88% The Final Wish (2019) There's still a lot to The Final Wish that I really appreciated and enjoyed, and it would make for a killer double feature with Wish Upon. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
46% The Lords of Salem (2013) For me, The Lords of Salem is unequivocally Rob Zombie's greatest achievement as a filmmaker to date. Don't get me wrong, I have a deep-seated love for many of his other films, but there is something about Lords that just hits me deep in my soul. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4.5/5 89% The Night Comes For Us (2018) If we're never going to see a third installment of The Raid, The Night Comes For Us is truly the best possible sequel scenario we can hope for, with Tjahjanto firmly cementing himself as the future of action cinema with his efforts here. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 29% Between Worlds (2018) As someone who adores films that full-on embrace WTF-ery in their storytelling, Between Worlds delivered the weirdly demented goods and then some. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 80% Apostle (2018) For his latest film, Apostle, Evans shows no signs of being rusty with his keen genre storytelling abilities, delivering up an enthralling and brutal descent into madness anchored by a breathless performance from Dan Stevens. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 78% The Boat (2018) [It's] a film that cleverly turns some of the film's elements, like water and the ship itself, into a ferocious monster that forces our protagonist to exhibit some quick thinking in order to survive his unbelievable experiences upon a sea-faring vehicle. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 93% CAM (2018) There's no denying that first-time feature filmmaker Daniel Goldhaber has created something special with Cam, though, regardless of what happens in its final moments, and I look forward to seeing whatever he does next (the same goes for Brewer as well). - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018