DADDY’S GIRL **** USA 2018 Dir: Julian Richards. 81 mins
A Policeman closes in on a deranged war veteran who lures women back to his home and tortures them to death.
When young girl Zoe’s mother commits suicide Zoe is force to live with her deranged ex-war veteran stepfather and is forced to join him on a killing spree of unsuspecting young women.
Her step father lures vulnerable drunk young women back to his home once there he takes a Polaroid picture as a trophy and tortures then kills his victims enlisting Zoe to help trap the women while he carries out acts of violence on the Women. He locks them in his very own private torture chamber located in their family home.
Zoe is forced to carry out these vile acts and be a part of these crimes but is scared of her evil stepfather and only goes along with him as it’s all she knows and because she is terrified of him inflicting pain or even killing her.
The film stars Jemma Dallender who plays Zoe the tortured stepdaughter, who is most recognised from cult horror film “I Spit on Your Grave 2“. The killer played by John Stone (Costas Mandylor, is most famous for his stint in the Saw franchise notably “Saw V” and “Saw VI“.
The film is directed by horror veteran Julian Richards who himself is not a stranger to the horror genre and directed the crazy gory horror film The Last Horror Movie, a stand out cult horror film that is definitely worth tracking down if you missed it on its initial run.
Daddy’s Girl is a great film, I loved it, the cinematography is on point in fact one of the best parts of the film, you are on a journey with Zoe as you feel her pain and suffering as she has to watch these innocent teen girls get raped, tortured and killed. one stand out scene is where we see Zoe hand one of the girls a gun and gives her a choice to either be mutilated and suffer more torment or end the pain, Zoe says to the girl at least you have a choice.
All in all, if you like thrillers with a dark gory horror edge you will love this film.
It does hit more on the psychological side but still packs a punch for horror fans.
A dark disturbing horror offering from Julian Richards that is not to be missed!
Review by Tony Newton