Daddy’s Girl / Julian Richards

  • Country and year: USA 2018
  • Rating: 18
  • Duration: 81 min
  • Director: Julian Richards
  • Writer: Timothy Hill
  • Cinematographer: Dimitrije Jokovic
  • Music: Holly Amber Church
  • Cast: Jemma Dallender, Costas Mandylor, Jesse Moss, Mark Arnold, Britt McKillip
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP

“Efficient thriller which delivers its shocks in all the right places”
– Jeremy Clarke / DMovies

“A challenge to genre conventions”
– Jennie Kermode / Eye For Film

“Sleazily effective, Daddy’s Girl is a nasty little thriller that makes you want to shower after watching”
– David Watson / Movie Ramblings

“A powerful film, featuring tremendous performances and an absorbing storyline”
– Hayley Alice Roberts / Love Horror

”A mother imprints on her daughter the eternal consequences of taking her own life, only for the mother to do just that and to leave her daughter trapped in the care of her murderous stepfather. Using her to entrap local women in bars, Zoe is torn between the fates of his tortured victims and her own immortal soul, unable to escape. Her only hope of redemption may lie in the hands of the other locals. Welsh director Julian Richards has a long track record in low budget horror and offsets the rusty dungeons and genre clichés with shafts of light, both in the cinematography and the potential vigilante who may offer Zoe release. While her brutal stepfather and the small town cop hunting him may be broadly brushed, it’s Zoe’s moral quandaries which represent a number of interesting twists on the nature of domestic abuse, both physical and psychological. Credit that to British actress Jemma Dallender, who always keeps Zoe’s situation compelling through the ambiguity of her portrayal. This sprinkling of UK talent, added to the script’s willingness to ask more interesting moral questions of its characters and a neat final inversion, elevate Daddy’s Girl above the slasher pack.” – Raindance Film Festival

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