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Sunday, November 12, 2006 |
( 11/12/2006 07:37:00 AM ) Bill S.
FAMILY HOUR – Caught the second of this season's Masters of Horror outings this weekend: John Landis' "Family," featuring a surprisingly effective George Wendt as a sort of suburban Ed Gein who kills his victims so he can strip their bodies down to their skeletons, which he wires together and dresses up so they can stand in as his family. Like Tobe Hooper's sophomore MoH, this was a much more successful directorial effort than season one: though Brent (Frailty) Hanley's "twist" ending was telegraphed a block away, it was still fun to watch it coming, and the scenes where Wendt's Harold has hallucinatory family time with his skeletal victims were creepily played. Some neat Hitchcockian moments where we go with Wendt's homicidal lunatic on the prowl and are pulled into the excitement of the hunt, too. Most identifiable Landis touch: the use of old gospel music by the r-&-b hound director whenever we go with Harold down into his basement . . .