I was trying to find a cool July 4th horror movie for this weekend and I was lucky enough to come across Joe Dante's entry into Showtime's 'Masters of Horror' series called "Homecoming"
AV Club's Scott Tobias wrote:
Showtime's Masters Of Horror series, is a zombie movie that does away with metaphors altogether and just gives it to the audience straight. The zombies don't "represent" anything: They're American soldiers killed during the current war, and they've come back from the dead to vote out the liars who put them in harm's way.
Anti-war sentiments like that normally have to be smuggled into conventionally frightening genre material like Romero's recentLand Of The Dead, but it would be impossible for anyone to come away fromHomecoming having missed the point. In a featurette included on the new DVD, even Dante refers to the film as a "blunt hammer," directed not-so-subtly at President Bush's cranium.
After Republican political consultant Jon Tenney tearfully speculates on cable news that dead soldiers would defend their mission if they had the chance, the zombies come back to prove otherwise. In the weeks leading up the next presidential election, they look to rock the vote, but Republican operatives, led by crass Ann Coulter type Thea Gill, try to leverage the situation to their advantage.
I remember watching this when it was released and it was very controversial at the time.
Enjoy the holiday weekend if you can and have a good time on us with the help of Joe Dante.
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