bree1981’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dead by Dawn 2015
This is possibly one of the grimmest and most disturbing films i've ever seen. Although there are more violent films out there its the gritty realism on display here that leaves you chilled to your core.
Loosely based on serial killing pair Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole, this isn't the kind of film you enjoy it's one you endure. Michael Rooker has never been better as drifter Henry, embodying him with a menacing, ice cold stare as he stalks the streets in his bashed up car looking for his next victim. Tom Towles is also outstanding as Ottis, a pathetic excuse for a man, dim witted and creepy, Ottis is more of a follower but still a brutal sociopath. Tracy Arnold makes up the lead trio as Becky, Ottis's damaged sister who ultimately comes between the two men. Director John McNaughton also makes great use of the dimly lit Chicago streets which adds to the bleak feel of the picture.
This really is a one of a kind movie, its an unflinching look into the mind of a twisted killer and it certainly won't be to everyone's taste but if you a fan of horror or you like to be challenged by a movie this one is worth seeking out.