Daisy Poster

Daisy (2024) Review

Daisy opens with a black and white prologue set in 2005, involving a heartbroken man burying his dead dog, “You were my best friend. Even if you did piss on my speakers that one time.”, who falls victim to an unseen flying creature. It’s a mix of creepy and funny, which sets the tone for the rest of the film quite well.

Cut to the present day, Trevor (Israel Ledesma) is out on a date with Ginger (Sparkle Soojian, Bugboys Driveinn of Terror 3, Ring Toss) When his truck breaks down. He hikes to the nearest town, where he finds the garage run by Afghanistan vet Felix (Michael Wainwright, The Crossing, Welcome to Hell). After towing them back, he asks Trevor to help him look for the part in the storeroom. He’s probably glad to get a break from Ginger’s whining and complaining, at least until Felix attacks him with a hammer.

Daisy 1

Jerry (Manuel Ramirez, Film Fiend) and Zero (Wade Pierson, Innsmouth Blvd, House Call) are in town looking for Jerry’s son who went missing while shooting footage for their YouTube channel. They talk to Felix, but are less than convinced by his answers. After a drunken former priest Father Joseph (Matt Macedo, Call Me Alpha, Drug of Choice), tells them about the creature he saw at the garage, they decide to go back after dark and have a look around.

Unfortunately for them, that means they’re about to meet Daisy (Jamie Krivobok).

Writer/director Michael S. Rodriguez (Day of The Pigs, Last American Horror Show: Volume II) shot Daisy in six days on a budget of under $3,000. With its short running time and simple plot, the result feels like an old American International Pictures creature feature from the 50s spiced up with some more contemporary gore.

Daisy 3

The title creature Daisy is some kind of humanoid bat creature Felix brought back from Afghanistan with him. She’s always had a taste for human flesh, but lately it’s grown to the point even the somewhat less than sane Felix is worried they’ll be noticed. And from a concerned father to a group of locals who want to see the creature that they’ve heard whispers about, the pair are going to have a busy night.

Daisy herself was probably where a fair portion of the budget went. It’s a practical costume, created by the actor wearing it, Jamie Krivobok, with wings and a creepy looking bat mask for a head. Like the 50s creatures I mentioned earlier, it’s not entirely convincing when seen full on, but cinematographer Chris Neal (Film Fiend) does a good job of framing the attack shots for maximum effect. The score by Tricia Minty (Above Snakes, Horrortales.666 Part 3) also helps to set the tone and distract the viewer.

While the gore isn’t excessive, there is more than in most films in its budget range, including a gouged out eye. Like the creature responsible for causing it, the bloodshed itself is also all practical.

Daisy 2

Unfortunately, the combat flashback scenes don’t work quite as well, they’re mostly stock footage with some shots of Michael Wainwright wearing what is obviously a bicycle helmet added in. I know the budget was tight enough that authentic props were out of the question, but it probably would have been better to just have him without a helmet.

Despite that, Daisy does a good job of rising above its microbudget origins and does a good job of keeping things entertaining for the hour, including mid and post credits scenes, that it lasts. Fans of DIY filmmaking and more adventurous mainstream viewers should enjoy meeting Daisy.

Daisy will be screening at Shock Stock next month, and you can check the director’s Facebook page for announcements of other screenings.

YouTube video
Our Score

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top