Elijah Wood must face up to some extreme daddy issues in Ant Timpson’s darkly comic horror Come To Daddy.
It is nice to see Wood make a return to the horror genre following 2012’s hugely underrated remake of Maniac.
Norvel Greenwood (Wood) must face a ghost from his past when he responds to a letter from his estranged father to come visit him. Instead of the reconciliation he expected, he is greeted with rudeness, hostility and character assassination from his father. Played with odious and repellent relish by Stephen McHattie.
Many of the best horror films explore grief and the breakdown of the family unit. The Babadook, The Shining, Hereditary and Midsommar for example.
Old wounds are reopened with every cutting jab by screenwriter Toby Harvard. Particularly in a sequence involving a Mexican stand-off over a phone and an anecdote involving Elton John.
Forced to confront feelings and emotions, he long thought buried, Norvell is pushed into a downward spiral. Beginning to question everything he knows.
It is at that point the film switches gears into something else entirely and is best left unspoiled.
Suffice to say, this is the most terrifying thing called Come To Daddy to appear on screen since the Aphex Twin video!
Director: Ant Timpson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley
Runtime: 93 minutes
Country: Canada/New Zealand/Ireland/USA