Home Movie (film)

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Home Movie
Directed by Christopher Denham
Produced by William M. Miller
Andrew van den Houten
Written by Christopher Denham
Starring Adrian Pasdar
Cady McClain
Amber Joy Williams
Austin Williams
Music by Ryan Shore
Cinematography William M. Miller
Edited by John T. Miller
Distributed by IFC Films (USA)
Anchor Bay Entertainment (Canada)
Release date(s) July 10, 2008
Running time 76 min.
Language English

Home Movie is a 2008 horror film and is the directorial debut of actor Christopher Denham.[1][2]

The film received favorable reviews at Montreal’s 2008 Fantasia Film Festival.[1] Following the final screening, bids were made on the film and IFC Entertainment acquired the U.S. rights for IFC's Festival Direct Video On Demand and DVD rights Nationwide.[1] The film stars Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Amber Joy Williams, and Austin Williams.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Home Movie documents one family's descent into darkness through compilation of the Poe family's home-made video footage. In the remote woods of upstate New York, David (Adrian Pasdar) and Clare (Cady McClain) Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, the Poe children are hiding a dark secret and something is wrong with ten-year old twins, Jack (Austin Williams) and Emily (Amber Joy Williams) Poe. To stop them, their parents must enter the nightmare of their children’s minds. As they try to regain control of the children’s lives, the pressing question becomes who will ultimately survive the battle.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ryan Shore.

Reception[edit]

Dr. Nathan of Quiet Earth said, "This truly disturbing movie, written and directed by Christopher Denham, is thus far the only TAD premiere Dr Nathan has experienced which actually, really gave me that deep-down visceral sense of dread and foreboding."[5] From Dread Central: "There’s something about home videos that brings out the worst in people. I hadn’t thought of it for years, but after seeing Christopher Denham’s disturbing Home Movie, I remembered my very own forays into family camcording", "... is better written, more realistic and more disturbing than the forefather of the modern found footage horror movie, The Blair Witch Project. In fact, Home Movie might just be the tautest, best acted, most tightly written and disturbing “found film” ever made!"[6]

Release[edit]

After screenings at multiple festivals, the rights to DVD distribution were acquired by IFC Films for the U.S. and Anchor Bay Entertainment for Canada.[1] Sam Hamadeh acted as Executive Producer of the film.[7]

Additional sources[edit]

dreadcentral.com, interview with producer Andrew van den Houten

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Horror Asylum, 23 July 2008, "IFC Entertainment Acquire 'Home Movie'", accessed 12-30-2008
  2. ^ Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Home Movie accessed 12-30-2008
  3. ^ Boody-Disgusting, accessed 12-30-2008
  4. ^ HOME MOVIE and THE BUTCHER (Film Reviews)
  5. ^ Quiet Earth, by Dr. Nathan (October 24, 2008), "TAD 08: Review of Christopher Denham's HOME MOVIE", accessed 12-30-2008
  6. ^ dreadcentral.com, Review of Home Movie, accessed 12-30-2008
  7. ^ http://www.ifcfilms.com/viewFilm.htm?filmId=1176

External links[edit]

Additional reviews
horror-movies.ca, "Home Movie (2008) Movie Review"
terrortube.com, "Home Movie in your home"
joblo.com, "Review: Home Movie"