Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MoH: Family (2006)

Masters of Horror: "Family"
Season 2, Episode 2
Directed By: John Landis

FAMILY is perfectly structured to lull the audience into believing they have the all too familiar plot figured out before having the rug pulled out from beneath their feet. Repeat viewings pay off dramatically in order to fully appreciate the clever writing and foreshadowing worked into the characters and dialogue in this one. The film finds a friendly middle-aged man assembling his own twisted family out of the skeletons of his past victims. When an attractive young couple move in next door, he decides it's time for a new addition to the family. George Wendt is endearing as a suburban Norman Bates, instilling plenty of black comedy into his performance with a charming sincerity. The only disappointment with this episode is the weak denouement that comes off as crass and uncharacteristic of the rest of the film. With more sharp wit and solid performances, Landis comes through again with another one of the strongest entries in the Masters of Horror series!

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 4/10.
Number of views: 4.



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1 comment:

  1. I did like this one, and I think a lot of what I liked was the casting of Wendt in the role.

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