COME TO DADDY is a horror-comedy thriller from first-time feature film director Ant Timpson. It stars Elijah Wood who is choosing awesome roles which this movie is yet another example of. Read our full Come to Daddy review here!

Come to Daddy is a horror-comedy thriller that should suit fans of either (or all) of these genres. This is the feature film debut of director Ant Timpson from New Zealand. While he is new to directing, he has produced quite a few titles you’ll be familiar with. More on that in our final segment of this review.

Elijah Wood is the absolute star of this movie, but the supporting cast is full of familiar faces as well. Also, the less you know about the plot of this movie, the better. You really don’t want to be spoiled before watching it.

Continue reading our Come to Daddy review below.

Elijah Wood as Norval Greenwood

As already mentioned, Come to Daddy stars Elijah Wood as a man in his thirties who is reunited with his estranged father. Elijah Wood is awesome in this role. Then again, when isn’t he?!

Since he finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which was way back in 2003!), he has been making some amazing indie movies. I am becoming a bigger fan of him with each movie he makes! Movies like Maniac (2012), the horror-comedy Cooties (2014) or the Netflix movie I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017).

These days, it’s almost like you can watch anything starring either Elijah “Frodo” Wood or Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe and you’ll be in for a treat. Radcliffe’s latest movie Guns Akimbo is another great example. They both choose quirky characters and movies with some serious edge or weirdness.

And yes, I do mean this as a huge compliment.

Come to Daddy – Movie Review

The supporting cast of Come to Daddy

Along with Elijah Wood, Come to Daddy also stars some amazing actors in various supporting roles. First, I have to mention Stephen McHattie, who you’ll also see if you watch the trailer for this movie. Stephen McHattie has been in a lot of genre productions over the years.

He was in the 2009 Watchmen movie and the TV Series The Strain. More recently, Stephen McHattie portrayed the title character in The Dark Stranger and was a key character in the Netflix series October Faction. Both are worth checking out.

You might like: Our Season 1 review of October Faction here >

Another familiar face is Madeleine Sami. She has been working with Taika Waititi for years and yes, she is also from New Zealand. Madeleine Sami was also in What We Do in the Shadows (2014). The original movie and not the TV Series.

Don’t miss: Our Season 1 review of the What We Do in the Shadows series >

Maybe she wasn’t in the series simply because she’s busy co-hosting The Great Kiwi Bake Off. Yes, it is the New Zealand version of The Great British Bake Off. Madeleine Sami is a very well-rounded actor and comedian. In Come to Daddy, she’s a very serious element… though some dark humor does creep in everywhere in this movie!

Be sure to check out Come to Daddy

As mentioned earlier, Ant Timpson is the director of Come to Daddy which is his directorial feature film debut. Prior to directing this movie, Ant Timpson had only directed a short film back in 1996. However, he has produced quite a few brilliant genre movies.

Ant Timpson also came up with the idea for the movie while the actual story and script was written by Toby Harvard. However, Timpson has a few key writing credits. For the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, he has the writing credit of “based on a nightmare by” and for ABCs of Death 2 he got “based on a franchise dream by”.

Of course, he also produced both of these anthologies. Also as a producer, Ant Timpson also made the horror-comedy Housebound (2014) which we highly recommend. After that came Turbo Kid which has somewhat of a cult following. He also produced Deathgasm which we really enjoyed. Read our Deathgasm review here >

For Come to Daddy, we are getting a dark horror-comedy with thriller and mystery plot drivers. It might run a bit too long for my liking but that does not keep me from recommending this little gem!

Come to Daddy is out in Theaters and On Demand in the US, and in the UK it will be out in Digital HD from February 21, 2020, and DVD & Blu-ray March 2, 2020.


Director: Ant Timpson
Writer: Toby Harvard
Cast: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley, Garfield Wilson, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan


Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) stars in this wild and dark new comedy. After thirty years of no contact, Norval (Wood) visits his estranged father (Stephen McHattie, Watchmen) at his remote cabin by the sea. He quickly discovers that not only is his dad a disapproving alcoholic, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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