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Homebodies (1974)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  September 1974 (USA)
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When a quiet group of pensioners learn that their homes are to be torn down to make way for a block of flats, they decide to take action. What starts as an attempt to discourage the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Brocco ...
Mr. Blakely
Frances Fuller ...
Miss Emily
William Hansen ...
Mr. Sandy
Mrs. Loomis
Paula Trueman ...
Mr. Loomis
Linda Marsh ...
Miss Pollack
Mr. Crawford
Construction Boss
Wesley Lau ...
Construction Foreman
Norman Gottschalk ...
Apartment Superintendent
Ireene Webster ...
Woman in Floppy Hat
Construction Worker
Michael Johnson ...
Alma Du Bus ...
Apartment Superintendent's Wife


When a quiet group of pensioners learn that their homes are to be torn down to make way for a block of flats, they decide to take action. What starts as an attempt to discourage the developers soon escalates into wholesale murder of both the developers and the construction workers. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Comedy | Horror


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September 1974 (USA)  »

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Director Larry Yust stayed in touch with Paula Trueman for twenty years after working with her on this film. See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »


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Music by Bernardo Segall (as Bernardo Segáll)
Lyrics by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (as Jeremy Kronsberg)
Sung by Billy Van
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A silver-haired classic
3 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Grim, sad, nihilistic drama about abandoned elderly people who pull together to preserve their home and dignity. That's the soft sell. The hard sell? After uncaring developers condemn a building and threaten to toss the aged residents onto the street, the residents retaliate with murder.

For a drama, there's plenty of horror here, and there's much food for thought, too. The harsh way we treat our elderly citizens is directly addressed, as is the issue of the limted tenure we all have on this planet. An interesting message buried here-in is that the young underestimate the old at their peril because the old are smarter, more sly, more patient and more experienced.

The performances are excellent, as is the direction, photography and music. The murders are cleverly conceived and executed with grim resolve, and one scene involving permanent incarceraton in concrete is a showstopper.

When I first saw this film, I was struck by its cold, depressing tone and I admired it for its recognition of real problems associated with aging. The idea of the old killing the young is a novel one and employed to great effect in "Homebodies".

It's a silver-haired classic.

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