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Mick Garris (creator)
Brent Hanley (written by)
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Original Air Date:
28 October 2006 (Season 2, Episode 2)
Harold is a seemingly peaceful neighbor in a quiet midwestern neighborhood, but underneath, he's a murderous psychopath who sets his eyes on a couple that have moved in across the street. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Wendt ... Harold Thompson

Meredith Monroe ... Celia Fuller

Matt Keeslar ... David Fuller

Haley Guiel ... Sarah (as Hailey Guiel)
Kerry Sandomirsky ... Jane
John B. Scott ... Grandpa
Nancy Whyte ... Grandma

Emily Tennant ... Teenage Blonde Girl
Emily Hope ... Teenage Punk Girl

Aleita Northey ... Teenage Sad Girl

Frances Flanagan ... Housewife
Donald R. Mintz ... Interior Harold Thompson (as Dr. Donald R. Mintz)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

Brent Hanley (written by)

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Steve Best .... associate producer
Stephen R. Brown .... executive producer (as Steve Brown)
Ben Browning .... co-producer
Andrew Deane .... executive producer
Mick Garris .... executive producer
Adam Goldworm .... co-producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Tom Rowe .... producer
Pascal Verschooris .... line producer
Original Music by
Peter Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Jon Joffin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark L. Levine 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Sean Cossey 
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger 
David Rapaport  (as David H. Rapaport)
Production Design by
David Fischer 
Art Direction by
Don Macaulay 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle 
Costume Design by
Lyn Kelly 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special effects makeup
Mike Fields .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Michael Fields)
Terry Hanson .... first assistant hair stylist
Tanya Hudson .... first assistant make-up
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Adina Shore .... key hair stylist
Margaret Solomon .... key make-up
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: IDT Entertainment (as Margo Zimmerman)
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Sheri Mayervich .... unit production manager
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production: IDT Entertainment
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ania Musiatowicz .... third assistant director
Darren Robson .... second assistant director
Rob Vouriot .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrei Andrianko .... assistant art director
Nick Dibley .... property master (as Nicholas Dibley)
Dylan Dowd .... lead greens person
Jim Geddes .... construction coordinator
John McIntosh .... greens
Jake Miller .... assistant property master
Nathalie Morin .... assistant set decorator
Zbibgniew Scheller .... construction foreman (as Zbish Scheller)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Jean Brophey .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Doris Deutschmann .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Izabela Domachowski .... set dresser (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (uncredited)
Scott Riddell .... second assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... adr supervisor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue supervisor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Devan Kraushar .... sound effects editor
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post-production coordinator
Glen Noseworthy .... adr mixer
Iain Pattison .... re-recording mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Adam Sharpe .... re-recording mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Randy Ball .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Chris Cera .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Michael Deak .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Mike Deak)
Steve Hartman .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Derek Heselton .... best boy special effects
Shannon Shea .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Veronica Torres .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Lindsay Vivian .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Chris Sturges .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Attila Vaski .... lead/fab/asst (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Matt Belbin .... digital effects editor (as Matthew Belbin)
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Adrian Chan .... cg artist
Michael Goddard .... cg artist
Annabelle Kent .... digital compositor
Muzaffer Korkut .... cg artist (as Muzzaffer Korkut)
Darren MacKay .... digital compositor
Adam Marisett .... cg artist
Mladen Miholjcic .... cg artist
Stephen Paschke .... cg artist
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer: Anthem Visual Effects (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Trevor Strand .... digital compositor
Philippe Thibault .... digital compositor
Jonah West .... digital compositor
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor
Jayson Castro .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Krista Bell .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexander Cooper .... first assistant camera (as Sandy Cooper)
Brian Johnson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Kolafa .... gaffer (as Michael Kolafa)
Jos Oman .... first assistant camera
Steve Sherlock .... key grip
Jared Smith .... best boy lighting
Shai Vera .... best boy grip (as Shae Vera)
Peter Wilke .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Peter Wilkie)
Michael Wrinch .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Mike Wrinch)
Ian Gariepy .... dolly grip: "b" camera (uncredited)
Alexander Glua .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Aaron Haesler .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Pascal Jean Provost .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting (as Sandra Ken-Freeman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenna Owen .... assistant costume designer
Tyler Tone .... set costume supervisor
Debra Torpe .... costume truck supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Cordes .... color timer
Andrea Dixon .... color timer
Asim Matin .... assistant editor
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... editorial coordinator
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: main title theme (as Edward Shearmur)
Michael Aarvold .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Louie Hausner .... transportation captain
John Swetlikoe .... transportation coordinator
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... office driver (uncredited)
Jovan Vujatovic .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Christine Barrie .... stand-in
Genessa Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Annie Doyon .... assistant accountant
Elissa Friedman .... administration manager: IDT Entertainment
Terri Garbutt .... production coordinator
Cameron Grierson .... assistant to producer
Cameron Grierson .... script coordinator
Richter Hartig .... production auditor: IDT Entertainment (as Richter Q. Hartig)
Dave Harvey .... assistant accountant
Tom Hoeverman .... assistant location manager
Alison Hunter .... script supervisor
Andrea Kaufman .... production coordinator: IDT Entertainment (as Andrea M. Kaufman)
Katy Lew .... executive administrator
Ross Redhead .... assistant to producers
Tracey Renyard .... location manager
Adrian Salpeter .... assistant to producers
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in
Bill Vigars .... unit publicist
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager
Beverly Wiens .... production accountant
Michael Bishop .... key production assistant (uncredited)
Stephanie Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nancy Heller .... office manager: Anthem Visual Effects (uncredited)
Krista Johnston .... clearance (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

58 min
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In the hospital scene, when 'George Wendt' is waiting in the lobby. You can hear on the intercom "Calling Doctor Howard. Doctor Fine." It's a reference to The Three Stooges.See more »
Continuity: After Harold returns from the dinner and he speaks with his 'wife', she finishes her glass of wine twice while Harold holds the bottle the entire time without pouring any more for her.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Men in Black (1934)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
John Landis Delivers Another Comedic Horror Specialty, 21 January 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Harold (George Wendt) likes collecting family members, in the most literal way. When two new neighbors move in next door, he becomes obsessively attracted to the wife (Meredith Monroe). Will he be able to collect her, will she be able to escape?

Heck, with this type of show, you never know what twists and turns will happen! This episode comes to us from John Landis, the director of "Deer Woman", which I will freely admit was probably my favorite episode from Season One. As far as season two goes, this episode holds up nicely, too. I have seen people say some negative things about this one, but I think it all depends on what you are looking for in the show. I like the healthy dose of comedy that Landis brings to the table. He was the genius behind "Animal House", after all.

The writer happens to be Brent Hanley, best known for writing "Frailty", a respectable film in its own right. How he went from that one to this one is unknown, but a nice change. Hanley appears to be somewhat dynamic and I think we can expect more from him in the future.

The main character of this episode is obviously the one played by George Wendt. Some other reviewer complained they could not see him as anything other than Norm from "Cheers". I did not have that problem. Not only do I not really like "Cheers" ("Becker" is better) but this is not Wendt's first time doing comedic horror. I guess that reviewer never watched the "House" movies... I think he is great. Adds an element I cannot pinpoint, but I would love to see him in many more films.

The references were nice, such as the photographs of Dick Cheney and George Bush. Not sure how to interpret that, but I think anyone who is as demented as Wendt's character should have political figures in his home. The deer mounted on the wall was a good reference to "Deer Woman" (at least that is how I took it). And the Weekly World News with Batboy -- priceless.

Meredith Monroe (best known as Andie McPhee from "Dawson's Creek") played a great neighbor. She still had a lot of McPhee in her, but was different, as well. Some of the dialogue was, um, things you would never hear from McPhee and I was not sure how to respond (kind of like when you hear about Bob Saget giving oral pleasure for crack cocaine). That is something I am going to have to make my friend Kristy watch.

A line that really got me was about Jay Leno at the supermarket, because I have an ex-girlfriend who moved to North Hollywood and one of the first celebrities she saw was Jay Leno... in the parking lot at a supermarket. I guess maybe this is something he is known for? Anyway, back to the episode: I really enjoyed it. The gore is fairly light, the humor is really where it is at. If you liked "Deer Woman", you will love this. The only thing I could complain about is a part where they used computer effect to show how acid works rather than use real acid (or something similar). But, you know, it seemed to fit into the cheesiness, so I have no problem with it. Still not the greatest, but better than the stuff I've been seeing.

I suppose I am also curious why this was set in Wisconsin. The film was shot in British Columbia, but they were careful about making the film look authentic -- Wisconsin license plates and at least one Wisconsin flag. Seems to me like it would have been easier just to not show license plates or flags at all and keep the setting ambiguous. But, maybe I missed something.

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