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