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Suburban Gothic (2014)

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City-boy Raymond returns to his hometown and finds a vengeful ghost is terrorizing his house. Therefore, this man-child recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening people's lives.


Richard Bates Jr.


Richard Bates Jr. (co-writer), Mark Bruner (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Raymond
Kat Dennings ... Becca
Ray Wise ... Donald
Barbara Niven ... Eve
Muse Watson ... Ambrose
Sally Kirkland ... Virginia
Mel Rodriguez ... Hector
Jeffrey Combs ... Dr. Carpenter
John Waters ... Cornelius
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Pope
Jack Plotnick ... Cousin Freddy
Ray Santiago ... Alberto
Shanola Hampton ... Ticona
Mackenzie Phillips ... Mrs. Richards
Jessica Camacho ... Noelle


Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone's lives. Written by Anonymous

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This dead end town just got a lot deader


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, some violence and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Góticos da Vizinhança See more »

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New Normal Films See more »
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Most of the initial cast (including Ray Wise, Jeffrey Combs, Jack Plotnick and Mackenzie Phillips) made guest appearances on the show Criminal Minds (2005), which co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler. See more »


As Raymond kisses Becca in the final scene, the monogram initials visible on his shirt cuff are not Raymond's. They are Matthew Gray Gubler's initials (MGG). See more »


Cornelius: Out of the question, it's a historical artifact.
Raymond: True, but it doesn't belong to you.
Cornelius: You're father gave it to me, that makes it a donation.
Becca: And there's nothing I can do to help persuade you?
[Becca makes a fellatio gesture]
Cornelius: [Scoffs] Him. What about him?
[Raymond looks at Becca]
Raymond: What about me?
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Frustrating follow-up to Excision
30 August 2014 | by your crowbarSee all my reviews

I went to see Excision, Richard Bates Jr.'s debut, knowing almost nothing about it. All I had read was a 5-star Empire review. I'm so glad I trusted said review: Excision is a funny, original, sometimes horrifying, and also disturbing film. I'll never forget its ending (a true rarity: a profoundly sad ending in a horror movie). And it made me very excited about future films from writer and director Bates.

Well, to put it mildly, Suburban Gothic is a disappointment. The goal here is obviously to pay homage to John Waters' trash/filthy/defying humor (no wonder Waters himself shows up in one of the best scenes of the film), but the result seems more like not-really-inspired Waters (Cry-Baby, Pecker) than excellent Waters (Polyester, Pink Flamingos). Close-up shots of feces, vomit, and sperm add nothing to the story - and unfortunately most of the humor of the film doesn't go much higher than this.

But it'd be unfair to classify Suburban Gothic as just scatological humor. There are some truly funny scenes, Matthew Gray Gubler is charming as the protagonist, and he makes a good team with Kat Dennings. (The cast is the best thing about the film, including Leland Palmer himself, Ray Wise, and Barbara Niven as the parents) But the story is so generic I couldn't believe it came from the same man who wrote Excision. There's not a single scary moment - which wouldn't be a problem if the film was a riot, like Shaun of the Dead. Unfortunately (for me), I wasn't laughing nearly as much as the girl behind me, who was almost dying of laughter every time Gubler gave a high-pitched scream - and he does it a lot.

I guess I'll have to wait for the next film from Bates. Or watch Excision again.

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