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Parts of the Family (2003)

Beyond the front door of an old, decrepit house is buried a horrible and tragic past. One horryfing and gory night a family of four is brutally hacked to pieces. The only survivor is the ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Bergqvist Cecilia Bergqvist ... Elle Fitzroy
Bob Dougherty Bob Dougherty ... Jason Goodis
Leo Franquet Leo Franquet ... Leo Esubam
Paul Houwen Paul Houwen ... Police Officer Nicks
Hugo Vanden Bremt Hugo Vanden Bremt ... Police Officer Walls
Willy Leus Willy Leus ... Police Officer Raines
Johanna Lesage Johanna Lesage ... Laura Esubam
Leen Vandereycken Leen Vandereycken ... Lucy Esubam
Norman Baert Norman Baert ... Stephen Esubam
John Idem John Idem ... Sniper
Bert Strouwen Bert Strouwen ... Squadleader
Jacques Verbist Jacques Verbist ... Zombie Policeman (as Jaak Verbist)
Peter Clappaert Peter Clappaert ... Driver / Weapons Instructor
Geert Hoornaert Geert Hoornaert ... Squadmember
Bruno Vandenbossche Bruno Vandenbossche ... Zombie
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Beyond the front door of an old, decrepit house is buried a horrible and tragic past. One horryfing and gory night a family of four is brutally hacked to pieces. The only survivor is the young and beautiful housekeeper, Ella. When she steps out of the house one day, she has no idea that she is about to be snatched by failed bank-robber Jason Goodis. Goodis, however, could not have imagined that the innocent hostage he is dragging back inside, has an unquenchable thirst for blood! Written by JW

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R

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Belgium | USA

Language:

English

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The DVD contains both the original version of the film and a re-edited version featuring new footage shot by The Troma Team. See more »

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Slow as hell, but good for some laughs
19 June 2018 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

"Parts Of The Family" is from the same director as "Maniac Nurses", but it's never quite as trippy as that flick. It is about twice as incompetent though. While "Maniac Nurses" at least had some kind of atmosphere to it, this just looks cheap and nothing else. There's not much in the way of plot either. It starts off okay with some (albeit very low-budget) action scenes, but then we're stuck in a boring old house for most of the running time. The gore scenes are laughably unconvincing. We never ever see a weapon actually touch a victim, it's all cut-aways and ketchup wounds. There's just no excitement whatsoever to any of the kill scenes.

So why a 5? Well, the movie does have some charm to it. I'm just a sucker for Belgian horror cinema, mainly because there's so little of it around. It helps that this movie is shot mostly with Belgian actors who are forced to speak English for the international market. This leads to some really awkward and thus magnificent line readings, particularly from the hapless police inspectors. Furthermore, lead actor Bob Dougherty does bring some charisma to his role as a gangster. His dialogue is nauseatingly repetitive (basically nothing but threats), but somehow he still sells it and stays entertaining throughout. Strange how he only appeared in two films and called it quits. Cecilia Bergqvist isn't going to win any Oscars for her performance, but she's topless in the very first scene! Talk about not wasting any time.

P.S: I've seen the original version, not the re-release by Troma. I hear that version is actually better, but I haven't obtained a copy yet.


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