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Homebodies (1974)

PG  |   |  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
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Mrs. Loomis
Paula Trueman ...
Mattie
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Mr. Loomis
Linda Marsh ...
Miss Pollack
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Mr. Crawford
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Construction Boss
Wesley Lau ...
Construction Foreman
Norman Gottschalk ...
Apartment Superintendent
Ireene Webster ...
Woman in Floppy Hat
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Construction Worker
Michael Johnson ...
Policeman
Alma Du Bus ...
Apartment Superintendent's Wife
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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 developers soon escalates into wholesale murder of both the developers and the construction workers. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Paula Trueman was nearly blind when she acted in this movie. Because of her poor eyesight, the car had to be towed in the scene with Trueman driving an automobile. See more »

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Music by Bernardo Segall (as Bernardo Segáll)
Lyrics by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (as Jeremy Kronsberg)
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"There's no reason for us to worry what happens to them"
20 November 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Well meaning, but an unusual, gloomy and comedic dark horror drama with a wicked sense of humour and stinging view of the mistreatment of the elderly as time isn't on their side. While it doesn't always come together (with an ambiguous ending that doesn't know how to tie it up), it remains an interesting parable and compelling at that with it's uniquely original premise.

Six elderly tenants are handed eviction notices, as their apartment is to be torn down and turned into new skyscrapers. However they won't have anything off it and decide the only way they can stay put is to murder those who get in their way or have some sort of control over the development to only slow down the inevitable.

The movie tagline "A Murder a Day Keeps the Landlord Away!" sums it up perfectly.

"Homebodies" tries to mix social commentary with creepy chills and cartoon-like humour… while at times eerie and thoughtful in its context I didn't find it particularly humorous. The tone would get goofy in those moments aiming for a laugh, which didn't complement its sombre air. When the script was trying to be sly with its humour, it fitted better. The slow-burn plot really does strike up a moving chemistry between these convincingly quirky characters, as there's heart and personality given out by the performances. They stick together, kill together to keep their familiar lifestyles they hold so close. But then in a twist of events they start to turn on each other with no second thoughts. There's an odd chase sequence as well… where it crafts a dreamy sort of atmosphere around it and the death traps/or deaths are effectively moulded to get under your skin with the blank, cold expressions of their faces watching those die around them. The performances are solid, led by Paula Trueman's neurotic turn and with the likes of Ruth McDevitt, Ian Wolfe and Peter Brocco.

Director Larry Yust does a durable job and makes good use of the authentic location work to illustrate the urban plight. The camera sprightly frames the activities and the music playfully turn it up.

A worthwhile forgotten 70s offbeat low-budget black comedy shocker.


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