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Home Movie (II) (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  8 December 2009 (USA)
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In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.

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Documents one family's descent into darkness, using a compilation of found home-made footage. In the remote woods of upstate New York, the Poe family lives a Norman Rockwell life. Perfect house. Perfect marriage. If only the children stopped stapling frogs to trees. Something is very wrong with Jack and Emily Poe, the ten-year old twins. And, to stop them, their parents must enter the nightmare of their minds. The only question is: who will survive the night? Written by MODERNCINÉ STAFF

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Much of this movie revolves around the real life attempt by humans to explain evil. It is no accident that the childrens' parents represent the extreme sides of the debate: organized religion (pastor) and science (psychiatrist). In both cases, each parent is unable to explain their childrens' evil behaviour, either through psychology or spirituality. The somewhat nihilistic tone of the film is capped off by the fact that it provides no real answers, instead showing that both sides of the debate are unable to explain what evil really consists of, and what motivates the children to act the way they do. See more »

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During the water gun play in the Christmas scene, the son accidentally laughs when hit in the face with water. The sister glances at him and smirks slightly. The actors quickly go back to straight faces, so this was most likely unintentional. See more »

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David Poe: And on this episode of "Clare Poe: Turkey Proctologist Extraordinaire," we - ooh - rectum, damn near killed 'em.
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More effective than most films of this type.
21 September 2009 | by (Idaho) – See all my reviews

Home Movie takes what you've seen done many times before in the hand held horror genre and turns it on it's head. What makes this film so different is that it has a strong and engaging character based story about a family of four doing their best to live the American dream and pairs it with some unsettling images and a real sense of dread throughout. I view this film as The Shining meets The Omen meets The Blair Witch Project. This is the type of film that stuck with me days after I watched it. The effectiveness of this film has a lot to do with how good the acting is. They don't overact or play it up for the camera, which makes it feel like your taking a genuine peek into life of this family.

Bottom Line: This is a slow burning and unsettling horror film without the gimmick or stupidity you normally get with films of this type. I highly suggest it.


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