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Masters of Horror - Homecoming

episode 1.6

USA 2005
produced by
Stephen R. Brown (executive), Morris Berger (executive), John W.Hyde (executive), Mick Garris (executive), Keith Addis (executive), Andrew Deane (executive) for IDT Entertainment, Nice Guy Productions, Industry Entertainment/Showtime
directed by Joe Dante
starring Jon Tenney, Thea Gill, Wanda Cannon, Robert Picardo, Terry David Mulligan, Beverly Breuer, Dexter Bell, Jason Diablo, Karen Austin, Daniel Wesley, Penelope Corrin, Nathaniel Deveaux, Candus Churchill, Jason Emanuel, Sean Carey, Ryan McDonell, Charles Zuckermann
screenplay by Sam Hamm, based on the short story Death and Suffrage by Dale Bailey, music by Hummie Mann

Masters of Horror

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When asked about the disaster the Iraq-war has turned out to be and especially the high bodycount, David Murch (Jon Tenney), a spokesperson of the Republican US-president (they mean George W.Bush of course, though they don't address him by name), says that he wishes that each and every of the soldiers would come back to life to voice their support for the war which actually lost them their lives. Everyone in the conservative camp is fascinated by that idea because a slogan like this brings in the voters - and election is only weeks away.

But of course, this is a horror film, and in horror films, sometimes wishes do come true ... and the dead soldiers really rise from their graves and want to voice their opinion about the war - by being admited to the presidential election. But unfortunately, the zombie soldiers are not full of praise for the war but want to vote the Democrats ... and every attempt to convince the zombies otherwise or quiet them down only ends in chaos and violence - culminating in a scene in which a zombie soldier (Sean Carey) actually murders the presidents chief campaigner (Robert Picardo) when he threatens the zombie's mother's life.

Eventually, Murch's own reputation is shattered when it is found out that his brother - whom he always refers to as a war hero - did not die in Vietnam at all but was later killed when young Murch played with his army gun and accidently pulled the trigger.

The election seems to be lost for the president ... until another of his chief campaigners (Wanda Cannon) just turns the results around by cheating ... for the American nation, of course.

But when the zombies realize they have been robbed of their voice by exactly the people who gave it to them in the first place - Murch and his fellow Republicans - they call in their reserves - dead soldiers from other wars - and take over Washington ... Seeing this, Murch wants to shoot himself, but his gun has run out of bullets. Instead teh zombies persuade him to help them in their cause and support their campaign - but of course, to do so they have to kill him first.


The premise of the story of this film is great, dead soldiers coming back to life just to vote against those who sent them to their deaths. Unfortunately though, the movie as such does not quite live up to its premise, instead of sharp political satire it very often doesn't offer much more than broad and badly timed humour, some subplots - like the whole story about Murch's assistant (Thea Gill) who ultimately does take over his job only to be killed by him when he finally realises how much wrong he has done - do not get the story ahead and are rather useless, and sometimes the requirements of the horror genre just don't sit too well with the satire to actually work.

Still, one can't really blame this Masters of Horror-episode for at least trying, and among all of its shortcomings, there are some good scenes as well.


Interestingly enough, this satirical zombie movie shows more respect to the US-soldiers who died in Iraq than the (real-life) US-gouvernment ever cared to ... what a strange world we live in ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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a collection of short stories and mini-plays
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