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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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Christopher Denham
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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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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Sound Mix:

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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Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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The First Noel
(uncredited)
Written by Traditional
Performed by Adrian Pasdar
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Unbearable Tension.
25 July 2008 | by sadie17See all my reviews

Wow. Saw the sold-out screenings at Fantasia Festival. Happy to hear Ifc Films will be distributing Home Movie. I love Adrian Pasdar. I love this film.

Home Movie is a taut and trenchant examination of psychological warfare. If Cassavettes made a horror movie, he would have made this. But Home Movie is less a "horror movie" than a probing, paralyzing family drama. Sure, it hits the genre notes with terrifying proficiency -trust me, hide the family cat-, but this film is more than its accumulated terror.

Christopher Denham's directorial debut, working from his own script, is smart enough to know what you do not see is scarier than what you do. Time and time again, Denham ratchets the tension by showing only shadows. This is not a movie about gimmicks. This is a movie about a family free-falling into a black hole.

Don't get me wrong. Home Movie is also very, very funny. Adrian Pasdar gives undoubtedly his best performance ever. I have been a life-long Pasdar fan, but never has he been allowed him such freedom to be funny. Pasdar's David is a achingly real portrait of paternal fear.

Overall, the sold-out audiences were glued to the screen. The only criticism I heard was that there "wasn't any blood." but, to me,that was my favorite thing. Any first-time filmmaker can show blood and guts. This film-maker shows restraint.


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