Come to Daddy

Come to Daddy

Come to Daddy

Gory, gross-out black comedy following Norval (Elijah Wood) as he reunites with his estranged father after receiving a cryptic letter. Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan and Michael Smiley co-star in this directorial debut from producer Ant Timpson (The Greasy Strangler, The ABCs of Death).

"Norval’s (Elijah Wood) life has been, to put it lightly, difficult. Currently living home with his mother, the troubled young man is coming off alcohol-related struggles. So when he receives an unexpected letter from his estranged father requesting a visit, Norval catches a bus up to his dad’s secluded and scenic waterfront home. Maybe reconnecting with his father will give Norval the emotional fulfillment he’s been lacking. Before long, though, he notices something off about his dad, an uneasy feeling triggered by inappropriate comments and a possible over-dependence on booze. Norval quickly realises that his hope of father/son bonding is doomed. Instead of a family reunion, he finds himself in a waking nightmare." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2019Rating: R16, Violence, sexual references & offensive language93 minsIreland, Canada, New Zealand, USA
ComedyHorrorFestival & Independent
82%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks

Flicks, Tony Stamp

flicks

It’s a wonderfully grotty film, definitely not for the faint of heart. But get on Timpson’s skewiff wavelength and it really is a blast.

4.0

Odd, unique, and strangely captivating. It is genuinely unpredictable and feels fresh in a world swamped with by-the-numbers blockbusters. Thoroughly entertaining.

5.0

Unconventional, but lacking in strong direction

Come to Daddy could be best described as a solid middle finger to those that enjoy formulaic narratives in their films. Throwing away all vestiges of storytelling expectations, Ant Timpson aims to create something new--for his feature film directorial debut--with this horror-laced tragicomedy. A film of two halves, Elijah Wood navigates his way through...

2.0

Strange, like a 'UFO from the 1960s'

The Geets: Given the formulaic nature of most Horror and Horror-comedy genre ('Horromedy') this movie illuminates the bland scene with intrigue and Kiwi film ingenuity that makes it appreciable and acceptable to Kiwis. However, its unique taste in narrative and grotesquely strange depicts of events unfolding may be not so appealing to the general audience...

3.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Timpson’s love of genre also plays a familiar tune, and it’s his ability to surprise – as well as gross out – his audience that makes Come to Daddy an agreeably stomach-churning pleasure.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Every great film has a love-story somewhere near its heart, propelling it forward and giving our heroes and villains an emotional payload worth fighting for. The love story in Come To Daddy is clearly visible, early and often.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Come to Daddy..." does deliver a good, sick twist; and sometimes that's enough.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Enjoyable performances... hold the film to its redemptive goals, even as it descends into what can only be described as bloody bedlam.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Unfortunately, the movie is far more effective in its first half than its second, which degenerates into cheap shocks, absurd plot contrivances and vulgarism for its own sake.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

[Wood] has to do a lot of selling here, but I bought most of it.

Collider

Collider

press

Funny and F'ed in the head with a cartoonish sense of humour that borders on magical realism, Come to Daddy is a strange brew, but it's a good one.

Variety

Variety

press

The blend of tired jokes and body horror here seems entombed in amber, as every lacerated scalp, loudly broken limb, and use of the C-word makes it feel that much less original.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

A gory hilarious father-son reunion saga with a surprising degree of confidence in the silly-strange nature of the material.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

My favorite horror offering of the year so far. It’s smart, uncompromising, inventive and just downright hilarious.

Flicks

Flicks, Tony Stamp

flicks

It’s a wonderfully grotty film, definitely not for the faint of heart. But get on Timpson’s skewiff wavelength and it really is a blast.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Timpson’s love of genre also plays a familiar tune, and it’s his ability to surprise – as well as gross out – his audience that makes Come to Daddy an agreeably stomach-churning pleasure.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Every great film has a love-story somewhere near its heart, propelling it forward and giving our heroes and villains an emotional payload worth fighting for. The love story in Come To Daddy is clearly visible, early and often.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Come to Daddy..." does deliver a good, sick twist; and sometimes that's enough.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Enjoyable performances... hold the film to its redemptive goals, even as it descends into what can only be described as bloody bedlam.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Unfortunately, the movie is far more effective in its first half than its second, which degenerates into cheap shocks, absurd plot contrivances and vulgarism for its own sake.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

[Wood] has to do a lot of selling here, but I bought most of it.

Collider

Collider

press

Funny and F'ed in the head with a cartoonish sense of humour that borders on magical realism, Come to Daddy is a strange brew, but it's a good one.

Variety

Variety

press

The blend of tired jokes and body horror here seems entombed in amber, as every lacerated scalp, loudly broken limb, and use of the C-word makes it feel that much less original.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

A gory hilarious father-son reunion saga with a surprising degree of confidence in the silly-strange nature of the material.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

My favorite horror offering of the year so far. It’s smart, uncompromising, inventive and just downright hilarious.

Odd, unique, and strangely captivating. It is genuinely unpredictable and feels fresh in a world swamped with by-the-numbers blockbusters. Thoroughly entertaining.

5.0

Unconventional, but lacking in strong direction

Come to Daddy could be best described as a solid middle finger to those that enjoy formulaic narratives in their films. Throwing away all vestiges of storytelling expectations, Ant Timpson aims to create something new--for his feature film directorial debut--with this horror-laced tragicomedy. A film of two halves, Elijah Wood navigates his way through...

2.0

Strange, like a 'UFO from the 1960s'

The Geets: Given the formulaic nature of most Horror and Horror-comedy genre ('Horromedy') this movie illuminates the bland scene with intrigue and Kiwi film ingenuity that makes it appreciable and acceptable to Kiwis. However, its unique taste in narrative and grotesquely strange depicts of events unfolding may be not so appealing to the general...

3.0