Homebodies Reviews

  • Sep 09, 2013

    Not the comedy the trailer makes it out to be, but still pretty good.

    Not the comedy the trailer makes it out to be, but still pretty good.

  • Nov 27, 2012

    Original, well-made black comic horror with a social conscience--A silver-haired hidden classic!!

    Original, well-made black comic horror with a social conscience--A silver-haired hidden classic!!

  • Dec 05, 2010

    Supremely enjoyable and little-known black comedy detailing the murderous lengths a group of old-timers will go to to avoid being displaced when their ancient tenement is razed, all in the name of progress. All of the performances are excellent by the outstanding cast of (very) old-school vets, but Paula Trueman, as the impish ringleader of the obstinate octogenarians steals the show with her comically- cajoling and -conniving machinations. At times, charming and very amusing, other times dark and disturbing. An interesting and thought-provoking statement on both the up-and-downsides of urban renewal. Thematically similar to the later "Batteries Not Included" without the massive doses of Spielbergian schmaltz.

    Supremely enjoyable and little-known black comedy detailing the murderous lengths a group of old-timers will go to to avoid being displaced when their ancient tenement is razed, all in the name of progress. All of the performances are excellent by the outstanding cast of (very) old-school vets, but Paula Trueman, as the impish ringleader of the obstinate octogenarians steals the show with her comically- cajoling and -conniving machinations. At times, charming and very amusing, other times dark and disturbing. An interesting and thought-provoking statement on both the up-and-downsides of urban renewal. Thematically similar to the later "Batteries Not Included" without the massive doses of Spielbergian schmaltz.

  • Pamela D Super Reviewer
    Sep 11, 2009

    Ever wonder what kinds of quaint buildings, neighborhoods and people those sterile, downtown concrete and steel condos displaced? When ruthless developers evict senior citizens from their ancient and honorable tenement, the residents collaborate to form their own historic preservation society. Their idea of neighborhood improvement entails getting rid of such adversaries as a cold-hearted real estate magnate and his arrogant cronies, and the bodies start to pile up. Independent "contracting" of this sort is a tricky business however. By and by matters get ouf of hand and the group finds themselves in over their heads. Sad, funny, poignant and bloody, Homebodies is a jet black comedy, but it's credible and never campy. Cinephiles will recognize classic film era veterans Peter Brocco, Paula Turman, Ian Wolfe, Frances Fuller, Ruth McDevitt, and William Hansen. Good characterizations, effective performances, and a gem of a script that doesn't patronize make this hard to find, forgotten sleeper a macabre delight.

    Ever wonder what kinds of quaint buildings, neighborhoods and people those sterile, downtown concrete and steel condos displaced? When ruthless developers evict senior citizens from their ancient and honorable tenement, the residents collaborate to form their own historic preservation society. Their idea of neighborhood improvement entails getting rid of such adversaries as a cold-hearted real estate magnate and his arrogant cronies, and the bodies start to pile up. Independent "contracting" of this sort is a tricky business however. By and by matters get ouf of hand and the group finds themselves in over their heads. Sad, funny, poignant and bloody, Homebodies is a jet black comedy, but it's credible and never campy. Cinephiles will recognize classic film era veterans Peter Brocco, Paula Turman, Ian Wolfe, Frances Fuller, Ruth McDevitt, and William Hansen. Good characterizations, effective performances, and a gem of a script that doesn't patronize make this hard to find, forgotten sleeper a macabre delight.