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Home Sick (2007)

Bill Moseley , Tiffany Shepis , Adam Wingard  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill Moseley, Tiffany Shepis, Jeff Dylan Graham, Tom Towles
  • Directors: Adam Wingard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B187F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home Sick" on IMDb

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Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie s HALLOWEEN, THE DEVIL S REJECTS) stars as a smiling maniac named Mr. Suitcase . With a briefcase full of razorblades, he crashes a homecoming get-together for Claire (Lindley Evans) and forces the partygoers to identify people they hate. Soon, a black-hooded supernatural killer is loose killing each person identified by the teens and the terrified friends realize they may also be viciously murdered because Tim (Matt Lero) awkwardly joked that he hated everyone at the party, too! As the corpses pile up and the body parts fly, the kids enlist the help of a crazed chili loving militia man who can give them the weapons they need to stay alive!
This surreal underground gore-drenched indie-screamer is finally being released by Synapse Films in this director-approved edition, loaded with extra features. Starring Tiffany Shepis (NIGHTMARE MAN and ABOMINABLE) and Tom Towles (GRINDHOUSE, MIAMI VICE, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER), HOME SICK is a well-shot, unsettling gorefest that thrives on both a restless atmosphere and excessively bloody effects. (Fantasia Film Festival, 2007)

Filmed on a micro-budget in 2003, Adam Wingard's Home Sick is an unsettling psycho thriller that drives home the old adage about being careful with your wishes in a decidedly gruesome fashion. Though top-billed, Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects) appears briefly as a grinning stranger with a suitcase full of razor blades who invades a suburban booze party. After learning the name of the person each of the guests hates the most, he disappears--and soon after, those individuals named begin dying in horrible ways. Unfortunately, the partygoers soon learn that their own names are on Moseley's list as well. Though the usual problems that plague low-budget horror are in full effect here--gaping plot holes, miserable acting--the then-19-year-old Wingard displays a confident hand and a keen eye for ugly scenarios in his feature directorial debut. Landing such horror heavies as Moseley, Tom Towles (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) and Tiffany Shepis (Abominable) also lends an air of professionalism to the project. But the film's key selling point is its special effects, which should please gorehounds with their disturbing realism. The DVD includes some low-key commentary by Wingard and writer E.L. Katz; the director is also the focus of an unwatchable featurette in which he re-enacts some of the behind-the-scenes developments in a tone and voice that is best described as approaching hyperventilation. More enjoyable are three early short films, which underscore the potential shown throughout Home Sick, and a cerebral conversation with Moseley about his mysterious character. --Paul Gaita

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bill Moseley is one righteous dude. You probably recognize him as Choptop from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, or the long gray-haired Otis B. Driftwood in Devils Rejects. Here he has another spectacularly creepy role as Mr. Suitcase...

"Does anbody know how to get to Hollywood?"

So asks the goofy, uninvited stranger at the house party. He looks like the cousin of George Mcfly and Lloyd Christmas. This man then opens his suitcase filled with razors and offers the leery crowd some group therapy.

"Give me the name of someone you hate," he eagerly instructs every person, and with each answer he cuts a nasty slit in his own wrist. Yep, he's straight-jacket crazy. Maybe this was an attempt to bond and feel another one's pain, but these morbid actions hardly helped anyone unite. It's some pretty gruelling stuff, self-mutilation with a smile.

Well, Mr. Suitcase soon leaves, and some eerie coincidences start occurring. All the people that were mentioned during the hate game start turning up dead. Bosses, ex-boyfriends, wouldn't be too bad of a deal except someone sarcastically shouted out that they hated everyone in the room. Ahhh(shoot), be careful what you wish for.

This is a bloody beautiful low-budget affair. It does have horrid acting and some gaping plot holes, but this is offset by some gruesome murders, unsettling predicaments, and just plain sick developments. Some of the murders made me think poor man's Argento, because they really are surprisingly well orchestrated and realistic looking. However, this flick could have been much better if Moseley would have had more than his brief cameo.

Still, a much better-than-expected slasher, sure to appease you sick and twisted(folks).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun little movie. February 7, 2009
Home Sick (Adam Wingard, 2007)

Of all the movies (the many, many movies, as seems to happen every January) I have seen so far this month, the only really pleasant surprise of the bunch to this point has been Home Sick, a twisted little Adam Wingard thriller best known for featuring both Walter Moseley (of Rob Zombie's Firefly movies) and Tom Towles (who played opposite Michael Rooker in the immortal Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer). There is, however, much more to recommend it than its cult-flick starpower.

The story kicks off when a strange man (Moseley) carrying a suitcase full of razor blades randomly shows up at a party and starts asking the guests--in a rather forceful manner--whom they would choose to kill, had they a choice. Each guest names someone, or so we presume, as we don't see the whole ritual. (Yes, this becomes important.) After each name is named, Mr. Suitcase, as he's known in the credits, uses one of the razorblades to gash his own arm. Now, this is all well and good, and everyone's kind of weirded out. Things really get crazy the next day, when the people named during the party start turning up dead. But when the guests find out who one of them named during the part we didn't see, they head for the protective arms of Uncle Johnny (Towles), a chili-loving survivalist.

As with many films of this type, Home Sick gets a great deal of its charm from its out-and-out weirdness. It's sick, it's funny, and most importantly it never takes itself too seriously. Every time you think Wingard and writer E. L. Katz have gone as far as they can go in the weirdness department, they ratchet it up one more notch. The script is witty, and if the actors overplay it once in a while, that's more than forgivable given how far under the radar this movie ended up. You probably missed this one when it originally hit the video store shelves; reconsider and give this a shot. Quite a fun little piece. *** ˝
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bill Moseley is fantastic April 25, 2009
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Moseley was a joy to watch. He literally stole the film and it was disturbing and wonderful at the same time. The rest of the film was good and followed a good pace. I'd recommend this film to any horror fan because it was not as bad as other independent horror films out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood And Chunks... April 30, 2009
A guy and gal attend the worst, most boring party ever. Luckily, the suitcase man (Bill Mosely) appears just in time to spice up the lackluster festivities! He performs a bizarre blood ritual that has horrific repercussions for everyone involved. A mysterious, masked murderer / demon is unleashed to fulfill the homicidal wishes of our heroes. Let the bloodgates burst forth! Tiffany Shepis (Delta Delta Die!, The Hazing, Abominable) lights up the screen as usual, even when vomiting on her dead mum's corpse! My only complaint is that Ms. Shepis isn't in the movie long enough. Tom Towles is both menacing and hilarious as Pops, the psychotic survivalist of the film's gooshy finalé. HOME SICK should definitely tickle the fancy of every gorehünt out there. I enjoyed the story and low-low budgetness of it all, even if Tiffany wasn't in every scene...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome low-budget movie October 16, 2008
I am not part of the production company, you can check my other reveiws. The story is original and the gore is awesome! This is not for the squemish! It is one of those low-budget gems that come around once in a bluee moon, so if you come across it, pick it up! And Bill Moseley (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects) is in it so you can't go wrong there!!
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