Masters of Horror: Family
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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.
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.
I don't want to ruin it for you, but you'll cheer. (I did)
Grandpa's bath has never gotten him so clean.
The special effects in that scene alone, make this flick worth a purchase.
George Wendt stars as the quaint, neighborhood psychopath who collects family members, cleans 'em off, and dresses their skeletons up.
Its a perfect family that he hand-picked himself.
He converses with them, as he goes about his day,
and they respond via his hallucinations.
Problem is, is that he's tired of his hand-picked wife,
and he wants to replace her with his new neighbor.
Out of all the episodes I've seen this second season,
this is one of the best.
It has great make-up effects,
a straight-foward story,
a soundtrack that actually gives some insight into Mr.Psycho's past,
Add to that, a dash of humor,
a scoop of terror, and a few sprinkles of horror.
And you get a sundae topped with a twist ending that you won't see coming
(that is unless someone already told you there's a twist ending.)
(Ooops! Sorry about that)
Unlike "Deer Woman" this one wasn't particularly funny,
and it certainly wasn't horrific,
and yet it still worked as a whole.
Would I recommend it? - Definitely
Would I watch it more than twice? - Probably not.
Although I would watch that first scene multiple times.
It was good, but it wasn't great.
Worth a purchase at only $10 (especially if you haven't seen it yet.)
Watch it on showtime demand if you don't want to spend the 10 bucks.
Either way, it's an enjoyable way to kill an hour.
MORAL OF THE STORY: You can pick your friends,
but you can't pick your family.
Unless of course you have chloroform.
In which case, you can pick anyone you want.
'Family' mixes elements of horror, suspense, and satire. I agree with other reviewers that it doesn't ever focus enough on one element to truly standout in that category, but it's still an engaging tale with a strong script and good direction. The acting is solid, and it's fun to see George Wendt take on this kind of role.
A nice effort from John Landis. Check it out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected more from masters of horror. The movie is ok but nothing horror about itPublished 5 months ago by Jeff
Terrific performance from George Wendt, with a great score by Peter BernsteinPublished 12 months ago by Bill Kline
Really good twist in the end...creepy and interesting rated R for some adult scenesPublished 12 months ago by the allens
I thought that this was one where George was an alien and it wasn't. Good but not the one I thought.Published 22 months ago by RoyBlaze
If you like campy ridiculous kind of cheap horror movies - this is for you. I laugh through a great portion of this, particularly at George Wendt's portrayal, but the music cracks... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by S. Comiskey-Hill
If you like to collect Horror/Comedy movies this is a great movie to add to your collection. I had not seen this movie before I purchased it so, I wasn't sure what to expect, I was... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by My2Cents
Glad to have found this movie i had been lookin git for a while it was in great condition when it was receivedPublished on April 4, 2013 by robbie mcclure
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. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by GameraRocks