DADDY’S GIRL (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Come to daddy’

Daddy’s Girl is a 2018 American horror feature film about a serial killer and his captive stepdaughter directed by British filmmaker Julian Richards (Reborn; Shiver; The Last Horror Film; Darklands) based on a screenplay written by Timothy R. Hill with additional writing by Sean Hogan.

The Zee Studios International-Seahorse Filmhouse production stars Costas Mandylor (Saw franchise), Jemma Dallender, Mark Arnold and Jesse Moss.


In the deep South, Zoe (Jemma Dallender) is a young woman being held captive by her stepfather (Costas Mandylor) after the suicide of her mother.

An Iraq war veteran who was discharged for abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib and also a serial killer, he controls and uses Zoe as bait to lure new female victims whom he mercilessly tortures. However, a rookie cop and a female vigilante eventually come to Zoe’s rescue…


Daddy’s Girl might not be a groundbreaking work, but within its genre context it’s an efficient thriller which delivers its shocks in all the right places as it realises its modest aims.” Dirty Movies

“For all that it might be accused of exploitation, Daddy’s Girl is a surprisingly astute exploration of domestic abuse and the way damage passed through generations can manifest in different ways. It’s an effective little thriller and a challenge to genre conventions.” Eye for Film

” …Daddy’s Girl offers a refreshing spin on a familiar story and keeps you second-guessing Zoe’s choices right until the end. “She likes to watch,” says John menacingly in an early scene, as he shackles their latest victim. Chances are you will too, and the film should find a captive audience.” My Bloody Reviews


Daddy’s Girl will be released by Cleopatra Entertainment on digital platforms on September 29th 2020 and DVD on October 2nd.

Choice dialogue:

Zoe [Jemma Dallender]: “He’s not gonna stop. No-one cares about you. They’re not coming to get you. We don’t have long. The alternative is pain and suffering like you never imagined.”

Cast and characters:

Costas Mandylor … John Stone – The Horde; Blood Trap; Saw IV and V
Jemma Dallender … Zoe
Mark Arnold … Sheriff
Jesse Moss … Deputy Scott Wallace
Britt McKillip … Jennifer
Annie Quigley … Staci Jones
Cherise Silvestri … School Administrator
Micavrie Amaia … Annie
Diana Care … Danny

Filming locations:

Tbilisi, Georgia


Daddy’s Girl premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London on 4th October 2018.

Film Facts:

In one scene, Zoe [Jemma Dallender] is seen watching The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1959) on TV.


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