Movie Review: Daddy’s Girl (2018)

September 29, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Sick ticket John (Costas Mandylor) gets his rocks off by doin’ the sex with his step-daughter (if PornHub is to believed, so is everyone else in the known universe) Zoe (Gemma Dallender), who is kinda/sorta his prisoner, as well as an accomplice in his game of luring young women into his private torture chamber.

Zoe acts as a sort of angel of death as well as she offers some victims a choice of suicide in lieu of her father’s abuse, though it’s possible she’s excited by setting up these scenarios rather than being altruistic.

But soon deputy Scott Wallace (Jesse Moss) gets hip to their horror biz, but will he be able to stop the deadly duo before they kill again?

Daddy’s Girl really caught me off guard, let me tell ya cats n’ creeps!

What seems like your average, everyday torture porn affair ends up being anything but, as we delve into heady territory of gender roles and their proclivities to be complicit in murder (and their capabilities to derive pleasure from such acts), rather than a full-on, blood drenched gore-fest… and honestly, it’s a better film for it (regardless of my love for elaborate effects sequences).

Director Julian Richards (along with writers Timothy Hill and Sean Hogan) took the high road here, and it adds a bit more gravitas to the whole affair, and while still dipping a toe into exploitation, it still presents something to chew on intellectually. It’s a delicate balancing act to be sure, but these folks pull it off with aplomb!

Adding to the whole experience are some top-shelf performances from stars Mandylor and Dallender who run the gamut from father and daughter, to lovers, to complete psychopaths with conviction and skill; truly solid acting here my faithful fiends, believe you me!

Bottom line, if you are looking for a unique take on the torture porn genre with more on it’s mind that your average bouquet of guts n’ gore than I urge you to give Daddy’s Girl a try; it’s a fresh take on the material that just may take horror hounds by surprise!





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