Thursday, July 2, 2009


By D.E.Levine

Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Writers: Jake Goldberger, Katie Fettig and Frank M. Hannish
Producers: Jim Young, Austin Stark, Bill Papariella, and Bingo Gubelmann
Executive Producers: Benji Kohn, Chris Papavasillou, Richard Bard, and Nuala Barton
Co-Producer: Jack Heller
Cast: Mischa Barton, Matt Long, Jessica Stroup, Michael Landes, Robert Haley, Hunter Seagroves, Allen Williamsom, Joshua Eliah Reese, Nick Pasquai, Joe Forgione, Alex Hopper, Amanda Jane Cooper, Byrdie Bell, Mary Griffin
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Thriller

Homecoming is a nifty little horror film that mimics both Misery and Fatal Attraction. Mike was the star quarterback in his blue-collar small town Mt. Bliss, Pa. where football is everything and he was idolized through high school.

After receiving a scholarship to Northwestern University, we find him a few months into his first year returning home for Christmas break and to retire his high school jersey. People in town are surprised to meet his new girl friend from college, Elizabeth, a pretty rich girl from Chicago.

Perhaps the most surprised is his high school girl friend Shelby, who has been awaiting his return in total denial over their break up before he left for college.

Superficially nice to Elizabeth, Shelby accidentally runs her down on a deserted road and then holds the injured girl captive in an upstairs room where she once cared for her terminally ill (and now deceased) mother.

As Elizabeth repeatedly attempts to escape, the neurotic and increasingly deranged Shelby is triggered into reprisals of escalating violence.

The visual acuity of the cinematography and the realistic acting of the cast all serve to convince the audience of the film's authenticity. Although, the part of Elizabeth is never fully developed and subsequently, while we know she is the "good girl" and the alternative to the crazed Shelby, we don't really grasp her personality.

Mischa Barton is realistic as a crazed killer who becomes so obsessed that she murders everyone who gets in her way, but the action scenes at the end fall a bit flat and frankly, after sustaining significant injuries it's hard to believe that Matt can rally to carry Elizabeth out of the house and off to freedom.

Overall, if you're in to slasher films and don't mind the similarity to Misery, this is a fun filled horror film.