Saturday, June 10, 2006


OK, so I'm late as usual. This has been around for a while but I just watched it last night. I was flicking channels and stumbled upon Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series, this time showing Homecoming (which premiered December 2). "Homecoming" is a bluntly anti-Operation Iraqi Freedom political satire where soldiers killed in war rise from the dead to vote the President who sent them to a useless war out of office.

Joe Dante (Director of "The Howling" and "The Gremlins") has worked with Roger Corman, Steven Spielberg and John Sayles, among others & knows how to mix humor, satire, parody and horror into one big ball of wax. But this time he focuses his droll and horrifying creative talent squarely on how our soldiers were betrayed by Bush, Cheney and their cast of cynical, devious ship of fools. "Homecoming" is such a devastating evisceration of their lies and contempt for the American public that the right wing echo chamber would howl it off of the major stations. You won't have to wait but a moment to meet the Ann Coulter character or the Karl Rove stand in. And Dante's recreation of a television celebrity pundit "news" program is so real, it's eerie -- which is about right for a horror film.

Go read the link. "Homecoming" is the best anti-Bush piece I've ever seen, if you get the chance, watch it. I was amazed at how direct and straight forward the message was. This ain't horror, folks. It's what should happen if all things were equal and the people who pay the price for greed and stupidity could come back and tell us their stories. You can actually buy "Homecoming from Amazon.

*Dante’s Inferno: The Necessary Satire of Homecoming
*Lessons from the Undead: How Film and TV Zombies Teach Us About War

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