Life doesn’t include an instruction manual when it comes to handling grief. We all process loss and cope in our own ways. For me? I’ve taken to expression through written words, most recently about how The Farewell helped me say goodbye to a loved one. For the prolific indie producer Ant Timpson? He conceptualized and directed a violent, offbeat, absolutely gonzo in memoriam starring Elijah Wood titled Come To Daddy.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Timpson last year at Fantastic Fest, having viewed Come To Daddy at its Tribeca premiere (the first of 25 festival appearances). Visions of criminal brutality and Wood’s hipster haircut were still vivid months later, if that’s any indication of the film’s more memorable attributes. We chatted about an array of topics, from hopping into the director’s chair to actor Michael Smiley’s self-provided fake teeth. You’d never assume such an off-kilter narrative to emerge from such a personal place, but then again, what did you expect from the man who backed such films as Deathgasm and The Greasy Strangler?
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If it seems like you haven’t seen Elijah Wood much over the past decade, that’s because he’s mostly been keeping busy offscreen. In addition to doing voiceover work for animated projects like TRON Uprising, Over the Garden Wall and Star Wars Resistance, he’s been working tirelessly as a producer. You may have also seen him popping up occasionally in more low-key thrillers, comedies and horror movies in the indie world. And another one of them arrives this weekend.
Come to Daddy finds Elijah Wood playing a timid, privileged hipster-type who is looking to reconnect with his estranged father (Stephen McHattie) after receiving a letter inviting him for a visit in his father’s remote cabin home. However, upon his arrival, the welcome he receives is less than warm, and he starts to wonder exactly why he’s there to begin with. /Film has an exclusive Come to Daddy clip you can watch below, which features Wood feeling rather uncomfortable while his father doesn’t seem to care. Read More »
The holidays are all about those family reunions: making amends, reforming bonds, sitting down to a grand meal at the table. But all of those wholesome tasks take on a sinister edge in the new Elijah Wood-starring thriller Come to Daddy. Wood stars as a man in his 30s who meets his estranged father (Stephen McHattie) for the first time. But after the joy of reunion dies down, things start to take a turn for the bloody. Watch the Come to Daddy trailer below.
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Come to Daddy is staged in a wicked universe, twisting and turning like a Coen Brothers film. The movie opens with an epigraph from Shakespeare about fathers: “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.” As usual with movie epigraphs, it’s a sober quote of a high-brow variety. Then the screen pops in a Beyoncé quote: “There is no one like my Daddy.” I chuckled. I knew the viewing experience was going to be equal parts nasty and goofy.
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