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, Rovi


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  • Jul 16, 2012
    Quite possibly one of the scariest "found footage" films I've ever seen.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2012
    With modern digital camcorders able to capture impressive detail with minimal knowledge of lighting and focusing, the good news is that anyone who can afford several hundred dollars can chase their dream and make their own movie. The fraternal bad news of this indie revolution is that most people who afford the several hundred dollars necessary to buy a camera and chase their dream will make a bad movie. That leaves us the viewing public with more choices than ever to sift through, and hopefully I can help eliminate one item from your list.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2012
    It was really hard to get this horror film, recommended to me by RT friend. I thought to give it a go and watch this directorial debut of actor Christopher Denham because it already received favourable reviews at Montreal's 2008 Fantasia Film Festival. I was told that is a documentary, and the first disappointment was that has nothing to do with that genre. Really bad actors Adrian Pasdar (I am not sure if that word "actor" could be in any way connected to this individual), Cady McClain, Amber Joy Williams and Austin Williams were doing everything they know (and that wasn't much), to convince the audience that this happening on screen is real... if I was heavily mentally challenged, half blind and deaf maybe they would succeed! My wife started watching the movie with me, and after 10 minutes just left to read a book. I usually want to finish every movie I start... and I regreted that decision an hour later. This so called "compilation of the Poe family's home-made video footage" is so bad that even a teenager with three days camera training could do better job. I really question the Montreal's Film Festival credentials after giving a positive review to this "work of (try to be) art". The director didn't managed to establish any connection with any of us watching this "mocumentary horror" and even if it was "disturbing" for the friend who recommended it, I had no feel of anything, except the boredom!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    If Paranormal Activity & The Blair Witch Project made it into theaters then why couldnt Home Movie? Home Movie had me on the edge of my seat right from the beginning & was just as good as those other 2.Maybe it didnt get enough buzz or Christopher Denham didnt have the right Hollywood people backing him.
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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