Masters of Horror: Season 1, Episode 6

Homecoming (2 Dec. 2005)

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A hotshot White House speech writer deals with the publicity nightmare of his life when recently deceased soldiers return from beyond the grave.

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Jane Cleaver
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David Murch
Terry David Mulligan ...
Marty Clark
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Janet Hofstadter
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Kurt Rand
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Marine Guard #1
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Marine Guard #2
Karen Austin ...
Mom
Daniel Wesley ...
Bobby Earl Beeler
Penelope Corrin ...
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J. Winston Carroll ...
Rev. Clayton Poole (as J.W. Carroll)
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Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
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Candus Churchill ...
Mrs. Baker
Jason Emanuel ...
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During the campaign for the reelection of the President of USA, the political consultant David Murch wishes live in a television talk show that a deceased soldier could come back from his grave to vote in the election as a marketing to promote his candidate. The president uses his idea in a speech and wishes that all the deceased soldiers could return from their graves for the election. Somehow his wish is granted and the soldiers died in the last war returns with the objective of voting in the opposition to the government. When the result of the election is manipulated and the president is reelected, all the soldiers deceased in pointless wars return to exile the members of the administration of the government. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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WILHELM SCREAM: Used twice - A zombie gets blasted with a shotgun, and a zombie gets dragged by a car. See more »

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Philip Murch's tombstone lists his rank as Lance Corporal. When he returns from the dead, he showing wearing an Army uniform. Lance Corporal is strictly a rank in the Marine Corps. See more »

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Thoughtful? Thought provoking? No. Trite and annoying.
3 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I disagree 100% with the reviewer who disagreed 100% with the reviewer who gave this short movie an "F" grade. Cashing in heavily on political propaganda only obscures Joe Dante's lack of ability to pull another Howling out of his bag of tricks. The Masters of Horror series was a phenomenal collection of truly horrifying tales, save for this episode.

Despite gaining acclaim from those who wish to promote it's political slant, "Homecoming" is the least effective episode of MOH season one. Unlike the rest of the series, Dante's entry is a parody of the genre, falling short of both horror and humor in it's ham-fisted delivery of a hackneyed political point.

Dante can really only be blamed for pulling this stinker off the shelf, as it wasn't his creation. The zombie sub-genre is very popular this decade, and among the crop of predictable George Romero tributes and vacuous fantasies are a number of works designed to push political or (ir)religeous messages. Such works are not written by or intended for true horror fans. Maybe Dante really isn't a a Master of Horror, either. What has he been up to since The Howling, after all?

If you want a lame anti-war zombie flick with a few pop culture references passed off as humor, Homecoming may be just your thing. If you are a horror fan looking for something Masterful, pick up... most any other episode of the series. My personal favorite was Dario Argento's "Jenifer," based loosely on a classic comic short by the team of Bruce Jones and Berni Wrightson -- truly creepy.


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