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Daddy's Girl

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Posted 7th July 2009 at 08:56 AM by Philleh

Nina (Jamie Winstone) has issues, lots and lots of issues. Ever since witnessing her father overdose on skag, resulting in her having to remain alone with the corpse for a weekend, she has developed a severe case of Reinfield Syndrome. Psychologist Steven (Richard Harrington) has issues, lots and lots of issues. Having suffered the lose of his model wife, who took her own life, he see’s a shot of cleaning away his inner demons by helping Nina get over her little blood lust.

Things turn nasty when he starts seeing Nina’s mother (who also has issues, lots and lots of issues) and Nina become jealous and acts out in increasingly violent and shocking ways; tarnishing Steven’s already unbalanced career and mental state in the process.

Daddy’s Girl is a gritty gem of a movie. Clearly made on a very restricting budget, director D.J. Evans has managed to make an effecting, disturbing and at times sickening little debut. Jamie Winstone is great as the troubled teen, whose self mutilation snowballs her taste for blood at an alarming rate. Richard Harrington also comes across as a nice dude, who really doesn’t deserve the kind of treatment he receives here.

More of a twisted drama then straight-up horror movie, Daddy’s Girl is best approached with a patient mentality as the film’s swift run-time doesn’t stop the movie from feeling slow in places. Trying to delve into the past of this troubled girl is worth your patience though as it really plays on you later, as she acts out against Richard; you know it’s wrong, but you can understand why she feels the need to do it - as sick as that sounds!

Daddy’s Girl isn’t a classic, but it feels fresh and rewarding. Any movie that shows a girl blending a poodle down and drinking the remains gets the thumbs up from me! It may lack in the pacing, but the finale is worth the wait and has a J-horror feel to it; which is what the director was going for and achieving brilliantly. For a low-budget movie, it looks and sounds amazing; the cinematography and soundtrack certainly must have been a labour of love for those involved as the money couldn’t have stretched very far!
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