Masters of Horror: Family (2006) – By Brian Morton

 In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of the Masters of Horror series. And, in case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a Showtime series that, each week, features a different great horror director doing whatever they want to do, sounds great doesn’t it? Well, it is! These are directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and John Landis, who really deserve more credit than they get. Anchor Bay has just released the episode that John Landis contributed to the second season, Family.

Family is the story of Harold, played by George Wendt, who is, on the outside, a normal guy. He’s quiet, keeps to himself and seems to be the perfect neighbor. When a young couple moves in next-door, Harold falls in love with the wife and plans to make her part of his family. The problem is that Harold is married already. And, while this might sound like a commonplace love triangle drama, it’s a bit different. You see, Harold’s family is different, in that they’re all dead! John Landis describes this episode as his personal Psycho, and it mocks Psycho in many respects, all the way to the twist ending that I won’t give away here.

This is probably the best episode from the second season of Masters of Horror, and it’s well worth the price! Directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf In London) and written by Brent Hanley (Frailty) the horror pedigree on Family is top shelf. You can get a copy of Masters of Horror: Family for your very own by clicking over to Anchor Bay’s Web Site, you can get this and any other episode there, and, I have to tell you, picking a favorite from any of the episodes is almost impossible, they’re all that good. I’m giving Masters of Horror: Family four out of four cigars, from the writing to the acting to the direction, it just doesn’t get any better than this. So, until next time, when I’ll tell you about the family I keep in my basement and the rent I charge them, remember that the best movies are bad movies.