The Rio Theatre‘s Friday Late Night Movie series continues on Friday, February 7 with Ant Timpson‘s (TURBO KID, THE GREASY STRANGLER) feature directing debut, the BC-lensed horror thriller COME TO DADDY, starring Elijah Wood.
Norval’s (Wood) life has been, to put it lightly, difficult. Currently living at home with his mother, the troubled young man is coming off alcohol-related struggles. So when he receives an unexpected letter from his estranged father requesting a visit, Norval catches a bus up to his dad’s secluded and scenic waterfront home. Maybe reconnecting with his father will give Norval the emotional fulfillment he’s been lacking. Before long, though, he notices something off about his dad, an uneasy feeling triggered by inappropriate comments and a possible over-dependence on booze. Norval quickly realizes that his hope of father/son bonding is doomed. Instead of a family reunion, he finds himself in waking nightmare. With Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Ona Grauer, Simon Chin, Raresh DiMofte.
“Punctuated by a violent act so cartoonish and bizarre it brings the story back to its strengths.” (IndieWire)
“‘Come to Daddy’ is a blast, a fever dream to enjoy for its twisty chicanery, but it’s also a smart and thoughtful film…” (Birth.Movies.Death)
“Funny and F’ed in the head with a cartoonish sense of humor that borders on magical realism, Come to Daddy is a strange brew, but it’s a good one.” (Collider)
Friday, February 7
Doors 10:15 pm | Movie 10:45 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door
Additional showtimes TBD.
*Minors permitted in the balcony (18A). Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
COME TO DADDY (Ant Timpson, 2019 / 93 mins / 18A) Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn’t seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is dad a disapproving jerk, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.