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Masters of Horror: Family

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJTFB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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The first scene in John Landis's second effort is dynamite.
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,
believable characters,
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.
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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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In my book, the best episode in the series run ! Funny, entertaining, and without any supernatural beings ! Norm from Cheers, is brilliant !!
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This entry in the Masters of Horror series is basically a suburban play on the movie 'Psycho.' George Wendt of 'Cheers' fame is your average, polite neighbour who is secretly killing people and setting up their skeletons as his own 'family.' When a new couple moves in down the road, he becomes obsessed with the hot wife and decides to add her to his collection.

'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.
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