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Home Movie (2008)

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In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Adrian Pasdar ... David Poe
Cady McClain ... Clare
Amber Joy Williams Amber Joy Williams ... Emily Poe
Austin Williams ... Jack Poe
Lucian Maisel ... Christian McNamara
River O'Neal River O'Neal ... The Dog
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Documents one family's descent into darkness, using a compilation of found home-made footage. In the remote woods of upstate New York, the Poe family lives a Norman Rockwell life. Perfect house. Perfect marriage. If only the children stopped stapling frogs to trees. Something is very wrong with Jack and Emily Poe, the ten-year old twins. And, to stop them, their parents must enter the nightmare of their minds. The only question is: who will survive the night? Written by MODERNCINÉ STAFF

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I dare you to watch until our movie is done. See more »

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Домашнее кино See more »

Filming Locations:

Newtown, Connecticut, USA

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Modernciné See more »
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Dolby Digital
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Goofs

During the water gun play in the Christmas scene, the son accidentally laughs when hit in the face with water. The sister glances at him and smirks slightly. The actors quickly go back to straight faces, so this was most likely unintentional. See more »

Quotes

David Poe: Turn the camera off.
Clare: What? What happened, why...
David Poe: He's throwing rocks at me.
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Turkey in the Straw
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A creepy and unsettling little pov lo fi horror.
22 October 2010 | by Corpus_VileSee all my reviews

The Poes seem the picture perfect American family.

Dad David, (Adrian Pasdar) is a Lutheran minister and devoted husband to Doctor/Mom Clare (Cady McLain). They have two 10 year old children Jack and Emily (real life siblings Austin & Amber Joy Williams), and life is good. Events such as Halloween, New Year's eve and Easter are celebrated family affairs, captured for posterity on home video. Then things start getting kinda weird. Jack and Emily are starting to act rather oddly. Not quite their usual selves. Then weird stuff starts to happen. Clare is concerned and wonders whether their children need medical treatment. David isn't so sure, and wonders if there's something evil at play in their home. Especially when the kids complain about the man in their closet. Or are the kids lying? And it's all captured via camcorder as events then take a turn for the darker side still...

I'm not going to give a review of plot developments or give any spoilers regarding this film. What I will say is that Home Movie is a pleasantly surprising little pov low budget indy horror that while having a rather slow start, then takes a turn down a dark avenue and becomes a pretty creepy and disconcerting little film indeed.

My advice is not to read of any reviews regarding the actual plot and watch it blind, and buy into the captured on camcorder premise at face value.

Then turn out the lights, have patience with a rather plodding build up-it's a home movie after all, the essence of banality- and prepare to be creeped out.

For a POV horror it thankfully doesn't go nuts with the shaky cam, with much of the film comprising of steady shots, and for a low fi film, manages to get under your skin in parts.

Overall, a solid and effective little horror film, that's worth a look. At 77 minutes, it doesn't outstay its welcome either.

There tends to be opinions on online forums that lament American horror. My answer to that is take a look through their indy scene. There's quite a few little gems to find, and Home Movie is one of them. 7/10, a very pleasant little surprise.


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