Film Review: Come to Daddy • Glam Adelaide

Film Review: Come to Daddy

Ant Timpson directs this Indie horror starring Elijah Wood

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This Indie-horror flick stars Elijah Wood, most notable for his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Norval Greenwood, whose family reunion turns into a savagely-violent, bloody and kink-filled escapade.

Come to Daddy tells the story of Norval, an aspiring musician from the upscale suburb of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, who travels to a remote coastal home overlooking a beautiful picturesque lake as he attempts to reconnect with his estranged father Brian. Things quickly get off to a rocky start when Norval discovers that his father isn’t how he imagined him at all, he’s a heavy drinker, he’s aloof, often dismissive of his long-lost son and at times exerts some pretty odd behaviour. What transcends is a whole lot of blood, violence and a has a little bit of BDSM thrown in for good measure as things go haywire as Norval unearths his father’s inner demons and shady past which has ultimately come back to bite him. 

On the surface, this may seem like a pretty grim story, considering it’s dark and at times gory subject matter. However, it is quite the contrary. This work not only offers a lot of fun dark humour but also a fair bit of wit, particularly from all the sketchy and colourful characters that make up the supporting cast. 

At first glance, you may assume that as a horror film it’s all gore and offers very little exploration. However, this is not the case, as it is somewhat thought-provoking and explores how our actions may have consequences for those around us. 

With a tense, gritty and macabre finale, Come to Daddy is a fun and quirky film with a somewhat mature and unconventional approach to the horror movie genre and an incredibly fresh formula that will leave you with so many questions when it’s all over. 

Come to Daddy is available on Google Play, iTunes, Fetch, Telstra &  Umbrella Entertainment Foxtel on Demand from April 15th.

Reviewed by Emily Schinella

MACABRE 4 stars

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