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Family 

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.

Director:

John Landis

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Brent Hanley
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Horror

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Trivia

John Landis: [SYNW] One of the cartoon characters says it near the end of the first TV showing. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Unique Congratulation (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Town Where I Come From
Written by Mike Williamson (ASCAP)
Performed by Jr. Juggernaut (ASCAP)
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Landis dishes out an unlikely, unsuspecting surprise
7 July 2007 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

'Family' is simply one of the most clever and satisfying scripts to be filmed as part of the "Masters of Horror" anthology; it meets an unlikely (yet wonderful) match in John Landis, well-known for his comedic efforts, but adopting a proper tone of suburban abnormality here. Harold (George Wendt, who has been showing an effectively darker side in the recent works of Stuart Gordon) plays a seemingly contented suburbanite with a proclivity toward abducting random strangers, melting their skin with acid, and making a skeletal 'family' for his happy home. With the arrival of Celia (Meredith Monroe) and David (Matt Keeslar), a married couple going through a difficult spot, Wendt becomes the good-natured confidant whose obsession with Celia grows to a disturbing degree. While Monroe and Keeslar provide just the right amount of intended WASPy blandness, it is Wendt who performs an impressive balancing act between neighborly warmth and psychosis. His performance alone would merit a view, but Landis's direction and Brent Hanley's clever (and not cheating) script make 'Family' a series high point.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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