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On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a hitchhiker - throwing the film in the direction of the conventional rural kidnapper thriller. But with the skill of director David Barker and his miraculous cast and crew, Daylight emerges as much, much more than just another exploitation picture. Kidnappers Renny, Leo, and Murphy enact a bizarre and terrifying ritual of politeness, endowing such scenes as the passing of a bread knife at a kitchen table with a threat of ferocious violence - but also trust. Alexandra Meierhans - pregnant as the character Irene, and pregnant in real life -… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Replete with superior acting and visual splendor, the film is a fine instance of the overly familiar made fresh."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Thanks largely to the exceptional actors, particularly Martin and Meierhans, Barker sporadically infuses fresh life into stale cliches, and even makes a few of them truly compelling all over again."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Daylight is a caper full of lechery and unforced twists with strong characters and no pretense."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Perpetually torn between its philosophical ambitions and horror-film roots, Daylight suffers from a debilitating identity crisis."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"An unusually delicate psychological thriller that favors suggestion over exposition."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Punctuating views of the bucolic countryside and sky attest to nature or God's indifference to human suffering, but such formalist touches don't overwhelm the responsive ensemble work in this resourceful, taboo-prodding sickie."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"A slow burn of a thriller that ultimately packs a far greater wallop than many flashier examples of the genre"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Barker leaves the histrionics to other thrill-makers, opting for the excruciating slow boil."
‑ Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
"An icy and humorless -- but entirely suspenseful -- film that works mostly because of its unpredictability."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Barker's screenplay demonstrates a conviction that its genre can command great importance, allowing it to transcend the easy shocks associated with the exploitation movie experience and create an entirely fresh rhythm."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
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