Come to Daddy (2019) Review

Elijah Wood stars as Norval Greenwood, a 30-something, recovering alcohol dependent who has been summoned to a remote location to reconnect with his estranged father in Ant Timpson’s darkly brilliant thriller, Come to Daddy.

This is Timpson’s directorial debut having acted as producer on Housebound (2014) and Deathgasm (2015) in his native homeland, New Zealand. Timpson also served as producer on popular anthology horror, The ABC’s of Death 1 & 2 (2012 and 2014 respectively). Despite this being his first time in the director’s chair, Come to Daddy is a confident effort demonstrating an experienced approach to filmmaking, that it may come as a surprise that this is his debut feature.

Come to Daddy is a film that requires its viewers to avoid spoilers at all costs. It’s a complete whirlwind of unadulterated mayhem that effortlessly manages to grip the audience from start to finish. The film that begins is a far cry from the film that ends and it’s a worthwhile journey to experience, enjoying all the twists and turns as they roll in thick and fast.

Elijah Wood has more than proved that he can lead a genre film, having delivered a remarkable and unforgettable performance in Franck Khalfoun’s reimagining of 80’s brutal, sleaze-fest Maniac (2012). In Come to Daddy he displays his versatile acting range once again playing a character that must step up and learn how to survive.

Wood explores the complexity of Norval, an anxious young man with deep-rooted demons set to spill when he is confronted with the reckless, alcoholic father who abandoned him as a child (Stephen McHattie). McHattie gives a darkly funny yet disturbing performance as the wine swigging, erratic absentee father who displays shady motivations as to why he has lured Norval to his unconventional home.

Come to Daddy has more to it than meets the eye and evolves beyond expectation. Timpson skilfully masters the art of blending genres by taking components from thrillers, horrors and exploitation films with a splash of black humour assuring that nothing feels out of place. The tone shifts but bleeds into one another well as the film becomes more offbeat by the second.

Shot in Canada, Come to Daddy features astonishing cinematography of the remote beach house and surrounding area. The location plays a role in creating isolation and intensity for the boiling-point situation bubbling between father and son. With nowhere to run they are forced to face their thirty-year conflict which unfolds in a compelling fashion.

Ultra-stylistic, unapologetically violent and thrilling throughout, its no surprise that Come to Daddy is already one of the most anticipated genre films of 2019.

Come to Daddy kickstarts Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 on Thursday the 22nd August, marking the films UK Premiere. It’s one hell of a crowd pleaser and an exhilarating way to kick off the long-running London genre festival’s 20th blood-curdling year. Catch Come to Daddy at 6:00pm on the Arrow Video screen and at 6:30pm on the Horror Channel screen.

Signature Entertainment presents Come to Daddy in early 2020

Movie Rating: ★

★ ★ ★ ★ 

Hayley Roberts

Ascending from the dark, depths of West Wales, Hayley has been writing reviews and articles for Love Horror since 2014. She has enjoyed every blood-curdling second of it and hopes to continue to bring fresh content to the beloved site. Hayley also runs ‘Hayley’s Horror Reviews’ and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Her love for the genre began at the tender age of 12 and it has become a lifelong passion. Her favourite genre related events are The Abertoir Horror Festival in her hometown and both Celluloid Screams and Horror Con UK, based in Sheffield. You can follow her on all her social media accounts. Stay Scary, Horror Hounds!

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