Head of the Family 1996 R CC

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Something's twisted in Nob Hollow. In the midst of a torrid affair with a biker's wife (Loretta), Lance discovers that the tiny town's weirdest residents, the Stackpoole family, have been doing some hideous human experiments in the bowels of their basement. Lance blackmails Myron Stackpoole (the "Head of the Family") and his psychically controlled siblings into murdering Loretta's husband, but Lance soon finds that he's in way over his head. Join Myron and his creepy clan in their dysfunctional, disfigured den of demented decadence for an abnormally good time!

Starring:
Blake Adams, Jacqueline Lovell
Runtime:
1 hour 23 minutes

Head of the Family

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Product Details

Genres Comedy, Horror
Director Charles Band
Starring Blake Adams, Jacqueline Lovell
Supporting actors Bob Schott, James Jones, Alexandria Quinn, Gordon Jennison Noice, J.W. Perra, Vicki Skinner, Robert J. Ferrelli, Bruce Adel, Gary Anello, Dyer McHenry, Rob Roeser, Steve Novak, Van Epperson, Ruth Townsend, Suzie Chidley, Tamarah Talbot, Rick Phares, Garvy McNab
Studio New Video
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I recommend this to anyone who likes horror comedies.
Rickie Burney
You see, Myron's exactly that...a horribly deformed gigantic head in a chair.
Darren
Normally this would be a good thing, and I'm sure most will find that it is.
Andrew

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on July 26, 2005
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Lance (Blake Bailey)--protagonist of the ultra-low-budget direct-to-video flick HEAD OF THE FAMILY (1996)--is the owner of a greasy-spoon diner in a small southern town, but a successful entrepreneur he is not. As with most of his fellow small-town denizens, Lance is the sort of white-trash American citizen who is more likely to wind up as a guest of Jerry Springer than in an issue of FORTUNE magazine.

Adding to the day-to-day problems of running a struggling business, Lance is having an affair with Loretta (former soft-core porn actress Jacqueline Lovell), the attractive wife of Howard, the town bully. Howard seems perpetually on the verge of discovering the ongoing extramarital trysts--after all, everybody else in town already knows--and this is starting to make Lance and Loretta fear for their lives. So during their obviously choreographed lovemaking sessions, the two discuss the possibilities of choreographing Howard's demise. But can they devise a plan that will succeed AND keep them both out of the electric chair?

Enter the Stagpooles, a mysterious family of freakish quadruplets who live on the edge of town in a dilapidated old mansion. Only three of the four are ever seen in public--Otis (Bob Schott), a muscular, oafish brute; Wheeler (James Jones), who seems to have eye problems and always wears thick, dark sunglasses (even at night); and the drop-dead gorgeous Ernestina (buxom hard-core porn star Dianne Colazzo), whose supply of gray matter is inversely proportional to her breast size--when they come into town for food and supplies. And even then, the trio rarely talks. They simply pass along a grocery and supply list made out by their brother Myron (J.W. Perra), the sibling who always stays at home.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on October 10, 2003
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The Stackpooles are different from the rest of the town. They have money. They keep themselves apart from the town except when stocking up supplies. They are also quadruplets mutated in unusual ways.
One brother is dumb but super-strong. Another brother has super-senses (and really big eyes), the sister has unresistable powers of sexuality. The last brother, Myron, has all of the brains. He is the head of the family with a head as big as most peoples' torsos. They are also connected telepathically.
Grifters, infidelity and bribery drive a plot that reveals what the Stackpooles are up to in their isolated home. But Myron really hates not being in control and the battle of wills and tortures begins.
With liberal amounts of nudity, sex, and colorful characters this is an enjoyable and sometimes silly horror film that is very light on the blood and guts (although there is some finger breaking). I found it to be quite rewatchable and one of the better thought out Full Moon films. Myron is a wonderful evil genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2007
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Myron Stackpoole is a super-genius mad scientist. He is also a humongous head w/ a tiny body. He lives w/ his giant, incredibly strong brother, Otis, his bug-eyed brother, Wheeler; and his voluptuous sister, Ernestina (yowza!). Myron controls the actions of his three siblings through his titanic force of will, and a strong psychic connection between them. This allows Myron to gather supplies and capture fresh victims for his nefarious experiments. Everything is great, until two star-crossed lovers named Lance (Blake Bailey) and Loretta (Jacqueline Lovell) get mixed up w/ the Stackpoole clan. Things get very interesting from there! HEAD OF THE FAMILY is a well-made full moon production. I love the dungeon, the house, the Stackpooles, the biker-guy, the frequent nudity, the love-scenes w/ on-going conversations, the humor, the tribute to Joan of Arc, and the general oddness of it all! One of my favorite movies...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
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Where else can you find a giant head with a long tongue that performs random labotomies on the people of a small town. A definite must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rickie Burney on August 8, 2000
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Full Moon Pictures normally have the cheesiest horror films that I ever seen, which is why I am usually against their films. When I rented this film, I was surprised to actually find ot hilarious. One part that was funny was the man who was just a head that was shaped like a potato.
The story concerns a woman who is having an affair with another man. Her lover stumbles apon a secret, and blackmails a disfigured head. As the head gets angrier and angrier, the movie get more and more hilarious. Although this movie is hilarious, it may not be for some. It contains strong sexuality and nudity, and may be considered offensive to some. I recommend this to anyone who likes horror comedies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brendon Spencer on April 27, 2003
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Once upon a time in the quiet little town of Nob Hollow, there was a boy named Lance who loved a girl named Loretta. Unfortunately, so did Howard. Well, at least Howard was married to her. Howard was also considerably bigger and meaner than Lance. Since nearly everyone within hearing distance of the two lovers were acutely aware of what was going on, it was just a matter of time before the dim Howard picked up on it also.

What to do, what to do. As it happens, Lance comes across some incriminating information about one of the towns wealthier familys, the Stackpools. Thinking a little blackmail would not be amiss, he goes after the money. How this family has lived in such a small town and no one has noticed their little oddities is not explained. Just take it for granted. The HEAD of the family is just that: A huge head. Surely you can take it from here. Lets just say the plan runs amuck and Loretta is the only one to come out, uh, ahead.....

Synopsis: the acting ain't bad, the special effects surprisingly good, and the ending funny. (Take your choice whether that's "funny/ha-ha" or "funny/strange".)

I bought HEAD OF THE FAMILY because I'd just seen Jacqueline Lovell in HIDEOUS and loved her Sheila character. The special effects are better in this one, but the characters aren't as endearing. Still, I liked it enough to wonder what the heck happened to the sequel, BRIDE OF THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY.
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