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Masters of Horror: Joe Dante - Homecoming (2005)

Thea Gill , Jon Tenney , Joe Dante  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thea Gill, Jon Tenney, Terry David Mulligan, Beverley Breuer, Robert Picardo
  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Writers: Dale Bailey, Mick Garris, Sam Hamm
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, Grant Rosenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FA57WG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: Joe Dante - Homecoming" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Writer Sam Hamm
  • "The Dead Come Marching" - an Interview with Joe Dante
  • "Working With A Master: Joe Dante" featurette
  • "Behind The Scenes: The Making of Homecoming" featurette
  • On Set: An Interview with Jon Tenney
  • On Set: An Interview with Robert Picardo
  • On Set: An Interview with Thea Gill
  • "Fantasy Film Festival: Mick Garris Interviews Joe Dante" archival featurette
  • Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • Joe Dante Bio
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
  • Original story "Death and Suffrage" by Dale Bailey (DVD-ROM)
  • Screensaver (DVD-ROM)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

It’s a few weeks before the Presidential election and an unpopular war still rages overseas. But when the Republican administration wishes that our dead troops could return to tell America how proud they were to serve their country, veterans begin to rise from their flag-draped coffins for the most horrific reason of all: to vote.Are they gloriously resurrected heroes or braindead zombie dissidents? And even if the administration can devise the proper spin in time to steal their re-election, will an army of men and women killed for a lie finally show our nation the true face of hell? Jon Tenney (THE CLOSER), Thea Gill (QUEER AS FOLK) and Robert Picardo (STAR TREK:VOYAGER) star in this provocative stunner from director Joe Dante (GREMLINS,THE HOWLING, PIRANHA) that The Village Voice calls "jaw-dropping…easily one of the most important political films of the era!"

Made for Showtime, the Masters of Horror series features films by renowned horror film directors, such as Homecoming by Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins). This satire about Bush's War On Terrorism is a one-liner, in which soldiers killed in Iraq rise from the dead to vote the president out of office as their last effort to end the war. Zombies fight for peace as the politicians concoct deadly schemes in this comedic film about the idiocy of our current government. Political consultants Jane Cleaver (Thea Gill) and David Murch (Jon Tenney) meet during a talk show panel, then watch in horror as the news begins to air footage of soldier zombies wandering the streets towards their local voting booths. Top political officials, unable to slay the undead, discover that the zombies die on their own after dropping their voting cards into the boxes. Zombies spark a small revolution by denouncing WMDs on television, urging citizens to follow suit. Though weak compared to Romero's great sarcastic zombie film, Dawn of the Dead, Homecoming features enough body parts squirting green blood to entertain. Over-the-top humor throughout recalls Re-Animator, yet the political message goes deeper. Dante's warped rendition of America’s recent history seems more relevant than ever. --Trinie Dalton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANTI-CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL SATIRE October 28, 2010
The movie is more political satire than horror. Thea Gill plays an Ann Coulter commentator. She is brash and described as a "skank." She flip-flops on her views in order to help the Republicans. The president (Bush) is described: "He has a way of making stupid people feel as smart as he is." The movie also satires the 2000 election. It essentially calls the people who started the war, anti-American traitors who betrayed the country. Soldiers have come back to life in order to vote. They don't attack humans unless provoked. They all have the zombie gait to them. As for "horror" I would give the movie one star as there is very little. If you are a Bush supporter, you might find yourself grinding your teeth at this one, as this has extreme liberal bias. For those on the left, this movie rocks!
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I find everyone's statements on here equally moving. That is the whole point of making a movie is to entertain. Even those who say they hated were still moved enough by it to put their dissent in writing. Any movie, love it or hate, if it moves you in any way, was successful in that mission.

Those of you who don't like it - don't watch it. I've always thought that Jerry Springer and shows like it would go away if the people criticizing it would simply change the channel. We changed the channel with Dan Quayle - and he went away.

My biggest surprise after seeing this movie is why the national media haven't been raising holy hell on this one. The dissenters will say it's because the movie sucked so badly, the fellow dissidents will say it's because of suppression or something like that.

To those who say this movie is despicable and not honoring our troops are relating more smokescreen poppycock for our naive consumption.

1) The reason our troops are fighting for us is for the very reason this movie is allowed to be made. "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." - Thomas Jefferson Those of you who think it's wrong for someone to make something like this needs to go back and read a history book and then the Constitution again. I find it very disturbing when people, especially those with political power, start saying what should be considered appropriate speech. Ever heard of inalienable rights? Where do you think those come from, Washington, D.C.? or the Almighty?

Someone who "hated" this movie will say that free speech doesn't give you the right to dishonor our country or our troops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters with a Message June 16, 2006
I viewed the entire Masters of Horror series when it debuted on Showtime. Most episodes were entirely watchable, enjoyable, and ultimately forgettable. This is the episode that stood out to my friends and I. It is hysterical--a jubilant political satire. I was shocked, therefore, to see how devisive the reviews are for this program here on Amazon. Apparently, you love it or you hate it. Trust me--if you have a sense of humor and a thought in your head--Homecoming is worth a look. I have never written a review for Amazon before, but I didn't want this show overlooked because some people simply didn't "get it". KGHarris, 6/06.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Hilarious Horror June 27, 2006
I'm amused by the reviews here--from either political side--that take this as anything more than what it is. IT IS A HIGHLY ENTERTAINING SATIRE! I do not ascribe to the political beliefs put forth by this piece, that has never been a prerequisite to good entertainment. But is it funny?--oh, YES! Highly recommended as one of the finest Masters of Horror segments. Whether your Republican, Democrat, or completely uninterested in politics--this is an amusing poke at the political process taken to absurd proportions. I swear it won't corrupt or subvert you.
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I guess judging by the reviews, this is a love it or hate it type of film. I happen to fall under the latter category.

"Homecoming" is directed by Joe Dante who also directed one of my favorite horror films of all times, The Howling. There he was able to incorporate humor with bone-chilling terror. Something he doesn't do too well with "Homecoming". The humour is there but the horror is nowhere to be found. This well acted mess about soldier zombies coming back to life to vote is a commentary on the Bush administration and the war it's most famous for but as a horror tale, it left me cold (no pun intended) and bored to pieces. Personally, I do not care if a film is trying to make a political statement that I agree or disagree with. I watch films, and especially horror films (my favorite genre) to be entertained and Dante failed me. Go ahead and bash the previous (then current) administration using art but come on, if you are going to make a zombie movie than you better deliver the gory goods; severed limbs, entrails, brains, ripped apart flesh, blood squirting in every direction, a few scenes of the putrefied green yuck emanating from the undead's rotting flesh etc. I sat through this zombie film and got none of the above. Maybe a few scenes of tame violence and decent zombie make-up. Even Michael Jackson's "Thriller" gave me more goosebumps than this turkey. Maybe John Landis should have been the choice to direct this installment since he did a pretty good job with that music video and his contribution to season one was a lot more successful in combining comedy with some mild tension. At least, his
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny premise but mediocre implementation
In my imagination, this story began as a discussion over drinks in which Joe Dante or a friend said "God I'm tired of the Neocons claiming that servicemen died for a cause they... Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by B. Duke
3.0 out of 5 stars MoH: Homecoming
Entertaining. More disappointed in the fact that I have two #8 out of 13 Director cards. (Dario Argento-Jenifer is the other.)
Published on March 21, 2012 by Jenny
1.0 out of 5 stars WFT?
masters of horror is my favorite show pretty much ever, but this is by far the worst movie i have ever seen. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by jeff donatelli
3.0 out of 5 stars One Zombie, One Vote...
HOMECOMING is a decent piece of political, anti-war satire. Of course, this was handled far more expertly in Bob Clark's early 70's classic, DEATHDREAM. Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars MY, MY, how this movie "polarizes" viewers!
Some of the "negative" reviews seen here (and on [...], also) are mostly: "HOW DARE JOE DANTE use a movie to make a political point?!?" DUUH... Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by Shemp-Masta-Flash
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Zombie film in my Collection
The first of a few Masters of Horror films I've collected, this one is completely awe inspiring. Imagine if all the soldiers who went ignored came back from the dead to voice their... Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by JT
4.0 out of 5 stars Neocon Bootlickers Are Gonna Hate This One
Homecoming is a very clever film focusing on the hypocrisy of flag-waving Chicken-Hawks. The film's main character is a Neocon political hack who boldly states that all the... Read more
Published on August 6, 2008 by H. A Huffman
3.0 out of 5 stars Story is much better, but movie's pretty durned funny.
Masters of Horror: Homecoming (Joe Dante, 2005)

I had no idea, when I first found about about this Joe Dante short from the Masters of Horror series, that it was based... Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Political zombies
During a contentious presidential campaign, a government mouthpiece (Jon Tenney) publicly wishes that the soldiers killed in Iraq could come back long enough to let the American... Read more
Published on April 6, 2008 by David Bonesteel
1.0 out of 5 stars My Jaw Dropped... a bad way. This movie is astoundingly bad. The message it delivers is so ineptly handled with unfunny humor and bald-faced hatred that it fails as propaganda. Read more
Published on December 24, 2007 by John Noodles
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