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  • Actors: George Wendt, Meredith Monroe, Matt Keeslar, Haley Guiel, Kerry Sandomirsky
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Brent Hanley, Mick Garris
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, John W. Hyde, Keith Addis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJTFB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: Family" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Audio commentaries
  • Bio of director John Landis
  • DVD-ROM screen play

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It’s a beautiful day in suburbia where mild-mannered bachelor Harold Thompson (George Wendt of CHEERS) is happily at work in his basement building the perfect family. But when a young couple moves in nextdoor, Harold sets his sights on the sexy young wife (Meredith Monroe of DAWSON’S CREEK). In a sunshine world of picket fences and manicured lawns, is it ever possible to know what gruesome plans are percolating in the minds of your neighbors? Matt Keeslar (SCREAM 3, ROSE RED) co-stars in this grisly black comedy with a killer twist from Director John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, ANIMAL HOUSE) and Writer Brent Hanley (FRAILTY). Features: Still Gallery Original Storyboards Audio Commentary featuring writer Brent Hanley Director Bio Screenplay (DVD-ROM), Also on DVD Skin and Bones: The Making of Family Terror Tracks: Mastering the Family Score

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John (An American Werewolf in London) Landis directed this blackly amusing and gruesome story from the second season of the Masters of Horror anthology TV series about a lonely serial killer's search for the perfect Family. George Wendt offers the lion's share of the chuckles--and the chills--as a seemingly normal suburbanite whose sweater-vest-and-groomed-lawn exterior conceals his true nature as a bloodthirsty murderer who kidnaps and butchers strangers in an attempt to assemble a flawless nuclear family; Meredith Monroe and Matt Keeslar are the neighbors who catch his eye as possible new additions. No stranger to mixing horror and humor, Landis' bloody blend is more successful than in his previous MoH outing, Deer Woman, thanks in part to the lead actors and writer Brent Hanley's script, which features one of the nastiest denouements this side of E.C. Comics. The DVD includes commentary by Hanley, making-of featurettes on the production and the score, a still gallery, and the original script in DVD-ROM format. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

It mixes humor, suspense, mystery, and horror all into one nasty episode.
ScottJ
As they pull into their cul-de-sac, the car slams into a neighbor's brick mailbox and promptly destroys it.
Brett Heitkam
Good watch for time to kill or for a quick watch with some friends at a party.
Mark Ericsson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Monkdude on August 1, 2007
Format: DVD
This was just an amazing episode from a hit or miss series. The acting by George Wendt was brilliant. There are many twists, some come very early on, but the final one caught me way off guard (which is hard to do). Family is much better than last seasons Deer Woman, though I enjoyed that one as well. I hope John Landis tops this one next season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 26, 2010
Format: DVD
Excellent film for those who love a mix of comedy and horror and a touch of Hitchcock.
I knew I was going to love it when the opening movie pans shows a picture of Dick Cheney in the psycho's house. His crazy moments are masterfully done. The dirty talk by Meridith Monroe, we were lead to believe was part of the psycho's imagination. I too admit, I missed the plot twist...and I was looking for one. Kudos George. I don't want to say too much about the plot as it might ruin the movie.
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I have definitely found the consistency of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series problematic. I was thrilled by the conceit, pleased by the selection of talented directors, but somewhat mystified by some of the actual episodes. The second season, in particular, started out rather unimpressively. John Landis, who clocked in last season with "Deer Woman," returns with "Family." While many people didn't care for "Deer Woman" (about a woman with a deer body, in case you don't understand the title)--it was, at least, humorous and bizarre. I wouldn't have recommended that episode, either, but it attempted something different.

When I saw the preview for "Family," I was pretty stoked. It didn't, however, look horrifying--it seemed to be relying on the comedy angle. That's cool, I enjoy comedy/horror. After watching the episode, though, I think it's fair to say that it's not funny enough to be a comedy, not scary enough to be a thriller, not particularly original, and the twist ending was telegraphed a mile away.

George Wendt stars as an ideal suburban husband who is not what he seems at first glance. His family, after all, isn't alive--and they're not even his real family. They are skeletons that he has accumulated from various victims through the years. When a young couple moves in across the way, he becomes infatuated with the wife. He thinks she might be an excellent addition to his brood.

What follows should be a fun game of cat-and-mouse, but it just doesn't get going. I think the main problem is the tone. Meant to be a satire, most of it comes across flat. Wendt, who should be having a ball, delivers a one-note performance. You might smile a few times, but this is ultimately forgettable. KGHarris, 12/06.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Bare Bones (Quick facts):

Family is the latest offering in the Masters of Horror series. This time, director John Landis (American Werewolf in London, Animal House) lends his unique vision to the horror genre. The result is a campy little horror movie that's very enjoyable.

The Meat of the Matter (The plot):

Harold Thompson is a mild mannered man with a penchant for 1950's decorating, good family values, and gospel music. He also likes to kill people and use their bodies to construct dummies in order to have the perfect family. One day a new couple moves in. They are his neighbors and become his friends. But when Harold starts coveting his neighbor's wife, he decides it might be time to trade in his old wife and get a new member of the family... but first he has to get rid of her husband.

Viscera (My ramblings):

Family is one of the better offerings from Masters of Horror. I liked the corpse scenes, nice and gross. The acting is a little flat and the interactions a bit too staged. No one has manners as nice as these neighbors! Watching this you can tell George Wendt's performance seems off slightly, like a copy of a copy. The rest of the acting is wooden as well. The plot seems to drag at some spots. However, over all, I really liked this installment. The dark humor is great, and the morality play ending is spectacular. If you like Tales from the Crypt or Alfred Hitchcock presents, I think you'll really like the episode. But if you go in expecting something spectacular, gory, or novel you will be disappointed.

Recommended for horror movie fans with patience to survive the slow bits and a love of twist endings.
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FAMILY is one of the better MASTERS OF HORROR offerings. George Wendt (HOUSE) is wonderful as the neighbor w/ serious family issues. His lumpy, homicidal character makes for an (almost) loveable maniac. His new neighbors (especially the wife, played by Meredith Monroe) appear to be the perfect subjects for his... umm, family project. Director, John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, INNOCENT BLOOD, DEER WOMAN) strikes the right balance between terror and hilarity. Highly recommended...
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I thought that this was one where George was an alien and it wasn't. Good but not the one I thought.
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By Hwang on December 23, 2012
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Family is a tounge in cheek horror comedy by director John Landis - much in the vein of American Werewolf in London - that thoroughtly entertainments.
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For the most part, I really liked the Family. CGI takes me out of films a lot of the time and it was no exception this time. To the fake looking CGI blood when a woman gets her head smashed by a hammer (don't want to spoil, so I won't say who) to an old man having chemicals that deteriorate his body as it is poured on his lifeless self. It looked a fake and cheap. The story itself, on the other hand, is really good. It is basically John Landis' homage to films like Psycho and Last House on the Left. If you have seen those movies, then this film doesn't really hold that many shocks or twists.
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