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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.

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Richard Bates Jr.

Writers:

Richard Bates Jr. (co-writer), Mark Bruner (co-writer)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Horror

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Idea Just Doesn't Click On All Cylinders
18 October 2014 | by gregsrantsSee all my reviews

In 2012, I came across the hidden gem Excision. Directed by Richard Bates Jr., Excision was the type of film that horror fans love to find – a title that they knew nothing about starring a bunch of people that we never heard of that, upon screening, was much much better than the throwaway DVD we expected.

Excision didn't have us pacing the halls awaiting the next Richard Bates Jr. effort, but it did have us stand notice when his new project, Suburban Gothic was announced as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival schedule.

With a successful and fairly well received film in his rearview mirror, Bates Jr. was able to gather together a cast of more familiar faces for his sophomore effort. Enter Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kate Dennings (Thor), Ray Wise, John Waters and Jeffrey Combs – the later three very entrenched in horror history.

Suburban Gothic follows the life of Raymond (Gubler). A bit of a loser and an awkward one at that – a "freak" as his counsellor calls him - Raymond lives at home with his parents (Barbara Niven and Ray Wise) as his college degree does little to assist in securing employment.

One thing that Raymond is good at is summoning spirits and interacting with the paranormal. This talent catches the eye of paranormal obsessed goth Becca (Kat Dennings), a bartender that believes Raymond's sightings are a gift and the two will team up to fight an evil that has encroached the town.

Suburban Gothic is a whole bunch of things. It's a comedy, a horror, a supernatural thriller and a wannabe cult classic. The cast is well suited with no actor going outside a true comfort zone. Gubler has played the geek many times before as has Dennings playing the sarcastic muse as has Ray Wise playing an overbearing father with great lines and John Waters playing a gay freak. Been there, done that.

Suburban Gothic wants to be a The Frighteners, a Ghostbusters, an Odd Thomas and a Supernatural all rolled into one. But the effort doesn't reach the potential. It's like a car that runs but doesn't click into the right gear when accelerating. Everyone tries their best and there are some great lines in the film (John Waters' scene with Dennings and Gubler is absolutely fabulous) but everything doesn't click together like Lego blocks and instead of a David Lynchian Gothic Mullholland Drive the result is more of a Brundlefly.

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