Home Movie 2008

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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 ten-year old twins, Jack and Emily Poe.

Starring:
Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain
Runtime:
1 hour 16 minutes

Home Movie

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Christopher Denham
Starring Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain
Supporting actors Amber Joy Williams, Austin Williams
Studio High Fliers
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 20 May 2010
Format: DVD
A disturbing and well executed addition to the seemingly endless cycle of first-person-camera faux-reality horror movies, this one has a domestic setting that helps distinguish it from all the shaki-cam woodland / zombie / monster flicks. Never leaving the confines of its central house and surrounding area, it proves to be a compelling You Tube-era spin on the grim themes of psycho kid movies like Children of the Corn or Who Could Kill a Child?. The Poe family moved to a country house. David Poe is a pastor, and Claire Poe is his wife, a psychiatrist. And they have two lovely children - Jack and Emily. You'd say they're absolutely normal children, playful and cute... except they aren't. The film is presented as a series of video clips recorded on the family camera by David, Claire and later Emily and Jack. You could say this is the first "normal" shaky cam film I've seen, by which I mean there are no monsters or zombies of any kind. Like a lot of the movies in this cycle, HOME MOVIE is a slow-burner and, because of its format, has to keep its story's really horrible stuff off-camera and like the best of the movies in this cycle, this fact enhances its overall power. The build-up to the inevitably grim denouement is absorbing and unnerving. We watch the family's decline via the "found footage" home movie excerpts of a successive array of special occasions : Halloween, an anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. Initially, the cannily used format is used lightly : attention-seeking Dad (whose early tomfoolery and cheer is gradually eroded to reveal a very troubled individual).Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samhain Bloodworth on 29 Dec 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Home Movie is an interesting little film, perhaps even a gem in a time of oversaturated horrors and thrillers. It's strange to say this considering l originally disliked the film.

Plot: Mum, Clare and Dad, David Poe decide to record their lives, subsequently their daughter and son's too, after moving from the city to a more isolated area. But as the footage goes on it becomes clear something is wrong with the two youngsters; their behaviour increasingly more violent and bizarre, can mum and Dad stop the cataclysmic events before it's too late?

Strangely this was a film I dismissed, perhaps too quickly, as on a second viewing I enjoyed it considerably more.

With that familar thud of 'Blair Witch' camera style it is easy to dismiss the film as another poor imitation. In fact it is anything but. Befitting to say that I feel it is much better than 'BW' not just in style but story too.

The idea behind this is simple and it is that simplicity that serves the film so well. Too many films have a litter of sub plots which condense the entire movie so instead Home Movie stays with one consistent idea and it works exceedingly well.

Absolute kudos to Adrian Pasdar for the role of David Poe (father) in a role so different from his usual. There is something slightly unhinged about his character that develops throughout but you still feel that heavy compassion when it goes wrong and it is Pasdar's conviction that brings added depth to the character. The same goes for his on screen wife who delivers a lockout performance.

By the same contrast the location, minor dabs of music are a delightful addition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
This is a reasonably effective, found-footage home movie horror.
David Poe is a softly spoken, forty-something pastor, who's moved to a secluded country home in upstate New York. Adrian Pasdar plays the pastor - it was really nice to see this actor on screen again, many years ago he had the lead role in the brilliant vampire movie Near Dark - Near Dark [Blu-ray].
David is married to the similarly aged Claire, an attractive psychiatrist. They have two children in their early teens, Jack and Emily. The early found footage shows the family playing baseball and celebrating Halloween. However, it's soon clear that all is not well with the kids - they are impressively dysfunctional, completely uncommunicative, keep to themselves, hide out in the woods, sleep together, speak in a strange language they've invented, and at one point, Jack throws a rock straight at his father's head. Emily is later seen clamping a live frog in a vice.
Given that their mum's a psychiatrist, it's incongruous that Claire seems largely untroubled by the glaringly odd behaviour of her offspring. David senses that something is wrong, but he thinks it's just down to the children adjusting to their new life in the country. Hmm, so a city kid adjusts to a rural life by squashing a frog in a vice? If that was my child, and my wife was a psychiatrist, I think we'd be talking about an urgent referral to a child counsellor/psychiatrist and even contemplating meds for the kids. However, Claire turns a blind eye to her clearly abnormal children, until they crucify the family cat on Christmas Day...
This horror flick is a very good example of the found-footage sub-genre.
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