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Terry Mesnard

Terry Mesnard
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 72% The Lodge (2020) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
3.5/5 85% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space is probably the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation I've seen.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Room (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 72% I See You (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
4/5 94% In Fabric (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Greenlight (2020) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3.5/5 100% Mutant Blast (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut (1994) Tammy and the T-Rex is stupid fun. I've been a bit glib in this review, but I unabashedly enjoyed this movie.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 100% The Fare (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5 64% Little Joe (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 81% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) [Director] Adam Egypt Mortimer crafts Luke's descent with flourishes of Lynchian madness and an almost psychosexual level of paranoia.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Attack of the Demons (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 72% Gwen (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 62% The Shed (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 48% Eli (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 51% Wounds (2019) 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‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 100% Dementer (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 81% Little Monsters (2019) [Little Monsters] plastered a grin on my face for 90 minutes ... this is a comedy I full-heartedly recommend.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 91% VFW (2020) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 92% Bliss (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 85% Synchronic (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 100% Spiral (2019) The tension simmers ... [and it] becomes a powder keg seconds away from exploding ... [and] goes in some stunning and terrifying directions.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 70% Cubby (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 100% Tu Me Manques (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 100% Label Me (2019) Label Me impressed me from the very beginning, mostly because of the powerful and empathetic performances by Schuch and Benda.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 88% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) It wants to say something about fatherhood and family, but it doesn't seem to earn the oppressive and vaguely nihilistic ending.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 85% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 100% Door Lock (2018) Door Lock feels like a great companion piece to Sleep Tight.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 88% Mystery Of The Night (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 86% Freaks (2019) 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. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 63% DreadOut: Tower of Hell (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2020) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Wretched (2020) The Pierce Brothers brothers have crafted a fantastic horror film. Keep an eye on this one, folks.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 61% Satanic Panic (2019) The plot is silly and sometimes the magic/rituals aren't explained very well, but it was campy fun the entire time.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 80% All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) At a fun, brisk 80 minutes, it's just the right length to tease and surprise without overstaying its welcome.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
5/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is dense. At times, the disparate themes almost seem at odds with each other. But there are clues, if you look for them.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 90% Cold Hell (Die Hölle) (2017) The story is at its best when it's about Özge and the killer's game of cat and mouse. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 61% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4.5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3/5 86% Lifechanger (2019) Lifechanger is an effective, if slightly rushed, thriller that is as mercurial as our antihero. ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 76% Pledge (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) 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‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4/5 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
4.5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) 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...‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/5 67% Knives and Skin (2019) 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... ‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Crossbreed (2019) 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.‐ Gayly Dreadful
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019