Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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Harold 's seemingly peaceful neighbour in a quiet American midwestern town, but, he's actually a murderous psychopath, setting a trap on a couple which has just moved in across from him.


John Landis


Mick Garris (creator), Brent Hanley




Episode complete credited cast:
George Wendt ... Harold Thompson
Meredith Monroe ... Celia Fuller
Matt Keeslar ... David Fuller
Haley Guiel ... Sarah (as Hailey Guiel)
Kerry Sandomirsky ... Jane
John B. Scott John B. Scott ... Grandpa
Nancy Whyte Nancy Whyte ... Grandma
Emily Tennant ... Teenage Blonde Girl
Emily Hope Emily Hope ... Teenage Punk Girl
Aleita Northey ... Teenage Sad Girl
Frances Flanagan ... Housewife
Donald R. Mintz Donald R. Mintz ... Interior Harold Thompson (as Dr. Donald R. Mintz)


Harold seems like the neighbor anyone would like to have, he is quiet and keeps to himself: Unfortunately he is a serial murderer and a psychopath who sets his sights on a young married couple who moves across the street from him. Moreover, the young married couple are not who they seem to be either. Written by charmardee-smith

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When George Wendt's character is speaking to Matt Keeslar's character in the ER waiting room, there are a couple of pages for "Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine". This is a nod to the Three Stooges' short Men in Black (1934), which paged the Stooges with calls of "Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard". See more »


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 »


Referenced in Unique Congratulation (2014) See more »


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Another solid Landis entry
21 October 2008 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Exactly why John Landis is credited as a "Master of Horror" is somewhat beyond me but there's no denying that he makes good films. He made the most entertaining Season 1 episode with "Deer Woman" and here he makes another solid entry in the uneven horror series.

George Wendt, of "Cheers" fame, is rock solid as the less-than-stable bachelor with a creepy family, of sorts. It's best going into these "Maters of Horror" episodes knowing as little as possible.

This episode relies entirely on George Wendt. He nails it to a tee and plays a very troubled character, who can seem very normal and likable, very well.

There's little gore to speak of here but what there is is done well. Also, the surprise twist really came from behind. Maybe I'm just a tad dense at times but I didn't see it coming.

"Family" isn't one of the best from the series but it's a solid diversion for a bit less than an hour, although I felt it was a bit stretched.

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3 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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British Columbia, Canada

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