Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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Family 

Harold is a seemingly peaceful neighbor in a quiet midwestern neighborhood, but underneath, he's a murderous psychopath who sets his eyes on a couple that have moved in across the street.

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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Family tells the story of a young married couple that moves into a new home in a new city and finds out that their neighbor is not what he seems. Written by masters of horror

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Horror

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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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Trivia

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

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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 »

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References Men in Black (1934) See more »

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Landis proves he is one of the "Family"...
6 November 2006 | by Bladerunner•See all my reviews

The second season of Masters of Horror (MOH) got off to a rocky start with The Damned Thing, but Landis puts it squarely back on track with Family, a bright and cheery decent into the mind of a madman.

George Wendt is picture perfect as the neighbor we all wish we had, or at least we think we would like to have. His social skills are spot on, and gone is any trace of the irascible Norm from Cheers. Some might begrudge the obvious mud slinging to all things Republican or Religious Right, but we can forgive those little jabs as simply Landis playing against type.

David and Celia are moving in next door to Harold (Wendt) and all seems like suburban heaven, but something isn't as it seems with Harold. As the new neighbors get to know one another, Harold develops a crush on Celia. It all seems harmless until something happens that gives Harold the opening he was looking for. To give anymore away would be criminal.

The thing that makes this entry so delicious is the environment that Landis creates to unfold this little horror/comedy. He is truly a "master" of the black comedy, as is more than evident in the much lauded American Werewolf in London. As he did in last year's Deer Woman, Landis shows his acute savvy at creating believable characters and surroundings that allow the audience to really hook in. It is this gift which gives his work such power and impact. In too many horror films the circumstances are so alien it is difficult for the audience to identify, but in Landis' work you feel right at home just before the hammer strikes your skull. The darker episodes in MOH have their appeal, but with Landis' entries there is a strange fulfillment that comes after viewing that is difficult to describe. It is as if you are happy that you have escaped the fate of the characters, the connection is that good.

With Family, Masters of Horror once again lives up to its name. Lets hope the rest of the "family" does as well this season.


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