Masters of Horror 2: Family

Masters of Horror 2: Family

Country: USA
Year: 2006
Duration: 60'

In the basement of his suburban house in Wisconsin, Harold Thompson likes to fiddle with his tools. However, his hobby is anything but innocent. Acid burns away flesh, bones jangle on wire, and now another skeleton joins his own “family.” “Brent Hanley’s script gives me the opportunity to deal with reality horror as opposed to the fantasy horror of Deer Woman. Harold Thompson is not a fantasy, he is a real person and real people do kill all the time. The lead character is mad, and it is his madness that interests me. Much of the film is from his insane point of view which is of course not at all insane to him. The macabre goings on in sunny suburbia has been a staple of suspense tales from Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. I enjoyed my time in the friendly, maybe too friendly, neighborhood.” (J. Landis)


film director

John Landis

John Landis (Chicago, Illinois, 1950) debuted in 1971 with Slok and reached success with the film realized for the Universal, National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) and The Blues Brothers (1980). After the horror An American Werewolf in London (1981), he directed the sophisticated comedy Trading Places (1983), the thriller Into the Night (1985) and the comic western ¡Three Amigos! (1986). In the 1990s he returned to the horror genre with Innocent Blood (1992) e directed the noir Susan’s Plan (1996). In 2004 the Torino Film Festival dedicated a complete retrospective to his works.


Schlock (Slok, 1971), The Kentucly Fried Movie (Ridere per ridere, 1977), National Lampoon’s Animal House (Animal House, 1978), The Blues Brothers (Blues Brothers, 1980), An American Werewolf in London (Un lupo mannaro americano a Londra, 1981), Trading Places (Una poltrona per due, 1983), Into the Night (Tutto in una notte, 1985), Spies Like Us (Spie come noi, 1985), ¡Three Amigos! (I tre Amigos, 1986), Coming to America (Il principe cerca moglie, 1988), Oscar (Oscar - Un fidanzato per due figlie, 1991), Amore all’ultimo morso (Innocent Blood, 1992), The Stupids (id., 1996), Susan’s Plan (Delitto imperfetto, 1998), Masters of Horror (ep. Deer Woman, TV, 2005; ep. Family, TV, 2006)