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Home Movie (2008)

Home Movie





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Upon realizing that their two young children are inherently evil, a pair of desperate suburban parents resign themselves to the fact that all they can do is document the youngsters' cruelty on camera for all the world to see. A first-person shocker shot in the pseudo-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project and Diary of the Dead, Home Movie tells the chilling story of the Poe family, a middle class, suburban clan living in upstate New York. Clare Poe (Cady McClain) is a psychiatrist, and her husband David (Adrian Pasdar) is a Lutheran minister. Clare recently purchased a video camera to document her sessions, but when children Jack and Emily (real-life brother and sister Austin and Amber Williams) begin displaying some seriously disturbing behavior, the concerned mother can't resist the temptation to make some home movies. At first the footage seems fairly benign, but then young Jack hurls a rock at his father's face. Later, after Emily interrupts a tender moment by slaughtering a frog, a conversation between the parents reveals that the children have always been violent, and their anti-social behavior is getting worse by the day. When religion and medicine fail, the situation turns critical, prompting Clare to try some home counseling with her children as the patients. But it's already too late for Jack and Emily, and now the most that Clare and David can hope to accomplish is to document every moment of the madness so others can understand the true extent of their suffering. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Christopher Denham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2009

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Its characters' behavior eventually becomes so implausible as to be insulting.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
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Apart from the Blair Witch Project, this film pulls off the "spontaneous horror movie" thing better than any other I've seen. This is a completely new side of Adrian Pasdar to me, and he is great as the goofy dad trying to retain a normal family life despite two increasingly evil children. The woman playing his wife is equally terrific, and their dual roles (as a priest and child psychologist respectively) are wonderful and very believable onscreen. There are so many subtle little things in this movie that add to the aesthetic of found footage, most significantly I though the glimses of the family via a year's worth of holidays. I shudder to think what Jack and Emily got up to during the rest of the year when they weren't on tape.

Emily Armstrong

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The scariest horror movies are the ones that feature a story that can actually happen, and what's more terrifying than psychotic children? Like adults, kids can absolutely be crazed killers, and if they were, you'd never suspect it or see it coming. Even if you did, what could be done about a child under 12 whose obsessed with murder? This is a theme explored in the film Home Movie, which had all the makings of a classic and all the talent of a middle school play. I was disappointed right from the start, as this is yet another camcorder film. I understand they are the result of a small budget, but I hate these types of films, simply because it's nearly impossible to watch them without getting nauseous from the constant movement. The story isn't much better, as the film turns out to be nothing more than an experiment. Clare (Cady McClain) is a child psychologist, who just happens to have two psychotic children. Instead of getting them the help they need, she decides to observe them through a cameras lenses and record the findings for a purpose that is never known. Most of the time, the kids are quiet, angry, and bored, but occasionally they find something horrific that peaks their interest, and mom just lets them do it and films it for our benefit. This film is beyond slow, the story is absolutely pointless, and the parents, not to mention the actors portraying them are beyond stupid. Anyone who would read a script like this and agree to do a film like this must be hard up for work, because it was an absolute stinker!

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


Quite possibly one of the scariest "found footage" films I've ever seen.

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

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