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Home Sweet Home (1981)

| Horror | 1981 (USA)
An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys' Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful...

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Nettie Peña

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Thomas Bush (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jake Steinfeld ... Jay Jones
Vinessa Shaw ... Angel Bradley
Peter De Paula Peter De Paula ... Mistake Bradley
Don Edmonds ... Harold Bradley
Charles Hoyes ... Wayne
David Mielke David Mielke ... Scott
Leia Naron Leia Naron ... Gail
Lisa Rodríguez Lisa Rodríguez ... Maria
Colette Trygg Colette Trygg ... Jennifer
Sallee Young Sallee Young ... Linda
J. Kelly J. Kelly ... Cop #1
R. Fouts R. Fouts ... Cop #2
Victor Paddock Victor Paddock ... First Victim
Rochelle Constanten Rochelle Constanten ... Old Woman
Anne Cribbs Anne Cribbs ... Witness
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An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys' Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful...

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Be it ever so humble, there's no place to HIDE See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slasher in the House See more »

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Film debut of Vinessa Shaw. See more »

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

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Below-average 80s slash-trash.
18 June 2009 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

1981 was a memorably dire year. We had assassination attempts on The President and The Pope. A cement walkway in Kansas City fell, crushing over one hundred people. The first cases of AIDS were reported, California was beset by ravenous fruit-flies, and hundreds of Beirut civilians were wiped-out during Israeli bombings. In select theaters, audiences were subjected to a slasher-film atrocity concerning a musclebound PCP freak who escapes from a nuthouse and proceeds to successively kill off members of a family at their Thanksgiving dinner. That film was HOME SWEET HOME.

Groan in pain while you watch famed fitness instructor Jake Steinfeld flex his acting muscles as the cackling killer...somehow he manages to deliriously overplay a character who has virtually no dialog whatsoever. The circumstantial humor in Steinfeld's towering inferno of ham-handed histrionics is, however, the sole glimmer of virtue in this unbearable bagatelle, a bland early entry in the slasher cycle which is surprisingly spare on gore and nudity.

Potentially gratifying for ultra-masochistic bad movie fans, I suppose...in this capacity, I might suggest watching it back-to-back with THE FREEWAY MANIAC.

3.5/10


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