Thursday, January 13, 2011

Home Movie (2008)

Fear 5/5
Gore 1/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 5/5

A found footage, shaky cam styled flick, Home Movie centers on a mother, father and their two children: a son and daughter who are close in age. What starts out as daddy having some fun documenting their daily lives and usual family goings ons with his new toy, a revelation soon comes as we find out that something is not quite right with our pint sized youngins’.

Before we get to their bizarre behaviors, as we’re watching the initial events as they’re captured by the father (i.e. playing baseball in the yard), we initially take the kid's actions as being camera shy. Nothing more than two kids who view mom and dad’s actions as embarrassing. You know the ‘Ohhhh moooooooom!’ type of cry which usually follows an act wherein mommy licks her hand, applies it to your face, and scrubs off some dirt with a tissue? But when junior takes a baseball that dad’s throw to him, pitches it to himself and hits it out into the surrounding woods, you begin to think that maybe these kids are a bit antisocial. That notion is further reinforced when the father (in search of the baseball) comes upon their heavily secured clubhouse in the woods.

Things take a turn towards the severly odd when mom and dad find the two kids sleeping in the same bed one night. Without rhyme or reason, the little girl urinates on the floor when they’re caught in the act. Dad gets the kids back into bed and crawls in with them to tell them a bedtime story. After story time, with our kids now settled, dad leaves the room. And by this time, you just know it's only a matter of time before something else happens.

Of course, the troubling antics continue the next day. That night at dinner, the kids disruptively drop utensils and plates as dad (who’s revealed to be a pastor) attempts to get through saying grace at the dinner table. Despite multiple requests to stop, the kids continue. But the most shocking event comes when the parents awake the next day to find the family cat crucified in the hallway. Literally so, as it is seen tacked to a cross.

So what do you suppose the parents do next? Haul their kids off to the loony bin? Send them to their room and unplug their PS3? Both parents with their respective professions (the mother is revealed to be a psychologist) think that they can 'cure' the kids. Daddy performs an impromptu exorcism and mommy starts in on therapy sessions. When a combination of both efforts seems to have worked, the parents continue on with life as is. But are the kids really cured?

Home Movie is a classic entry into the creepy kid category of horror films. I particularly enjoyed the end as the kids turn the tables and we see them sit down to dinner, reenacting the bed time story the father told them earlier. And it's also a bit of a mind screw as you're left wondering, were these kids really possessed or were they just screwie louie en la cabesa?

Cortez the Killer


Angel1649 said...

I'm actually looking forward to seeing this one. I'll definitely check it out and let you know what I thought of it. Thanks for the insight!

Matt-suzaka said...

This sounds great, CTK. I love handled movies, and I also love me a good killer kid's movie, so this sounds right up my alley.

Cortez The Killer said...

@Angel, you're welcome. Along with The Children (2008), Home Movie brings a whole other level of fucked to the creepy kid flick.

@Matt, it definitely is. Check it out ASAP and let me know what you think.

Geof said...

I liked this one too JC. I rented it on the blind in '09 from Blockbuster mainly because I saw Adrian Pasdar was featured in it. Definitely an entertaining flick that seemed to fly under the radar.

Carl Manes said...

That may be the highest overall rating I have seen on this site, minus the gore factor. Love found footage, and love killer kids. What could go wrong? Then again, I love werewolves too, and we know where EYES IN THE DARK got us...

Cortez The Killer said...

@Geof, I can't figure out why its flown so low under the radar. I mean, its distributed by IFC so its not like its hard to find. A real head scratcher. This one's an instant classic for me.

@Carl, this is one of the highest ratings we've given and with good reason. This one scared the bejesus out of me. Builds an enormous amount of suspense throughout its running time.

Ha! I really wish that one would have turned out better and not such a big steamy turd.

Angels Cove said...

Very upset Movie left me and the wife hanging. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT???????????? is there a sequel WHAT??????????????? did they eat the parent's or NO?????? I feel robbed but called it when I said there was something screwy with the kids........................ but da** I have to know what happened next..