Terry Mesnard

Rotten Tomatoes approved critic, owner/EIC of Gayly Dreadful, co-host of the Scarred for Life Podcast and editor of We Are Horror.

Favorite films

  • Alien
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  • The Blob

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  • Edward Scissorhands

    ★★★★½

  • The Barbados Project

  • Landlocked

  • Cannibal Girls

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  • Tigers Are Not Afraid

    Tigers Are Not Afraid

    ★★★★½

    Review from Telluride Horror Show:

    When I’m asked why I love horror so much, I typically explain how horror, more than any other genre, can tackle an issue and present it in a way that’s both enlightening and exciting. Adding the veneer of horror to a story frees the filmmaker to really dive into the subject matter and create something that transcends real life.

    Take the fairy tale aspect of Pan’s Labyrinth, for example. Guillermo del Toro frames an examination…

  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★★½

    The helicopter sails over a desolate landscape. Its destination is a beautiful modern home; a colorful oasis in the otherwise brown desert. The camera closes in on a young woman as she departs the copter. It keeps low, focusing on her short skirt, her legs, her ass. She’s all bright colors; pink and sex. She sucks on a lollypop. Her neon star earrings bounce as she walks. She oozes sexuality and the camera eats it up. It languishes on her…

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  • Swallowed

    Swallowed

    ★★★½

    A point of sometimes intense discussion in the queer community centers around the kind of content queer filmmakers should put out into the world. This takes multiple forms, but one such discussion is between whether films should appeal to a wider (read: straight) audience as a way of “bridging the gap” and the desire to be combative or strictly for the queers. Crossing entertainment entities, I know, but think Will & Grace compared to something by Bruce LaBruce like Otto; or,…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★★½

    The initial and somewhat purveying response to Alien 3 is one of disdain because, in some ways, of how it handled its characters. Aliens was an audience-pleasing film that took the horror elements of the original masterpiece and added likable and memorable characters and rousing moments of pure 80s excess. Most importantly, by the end of Aliens, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) found her family. The concept of a Chosen Family is a huge thematic device in films because it reaches…

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