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HOME SWEET HOME (2013) FOUR TOP HATS

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Just to make sure we’re all on the same page here, apparently there were two HOME SWEET HOMEs released in 2013. This one revolves around a home invasion and stars a good looking Meghan Heffern who gets the business from a dude in a creepy mask. The other has something to do with this: “After going broke, Gwen Stevens is forced to return to her abandoned childhood home hoping to pick up the pieces of her life. Among the relics and memories of her past, she discovers someone is living in the house and they don’t want to leave. In the New Mexico desert, miles from safety, Gwen must fight to protect the only thing she has left. Her life.” This write up is about the home invasion job I just watched.

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This is another one of these movies that’s hard to “grade”. On one hand it’s beautifully shot and directed, the lead actress was wonderful, eight of the last ten minutes were BEAUTIFUL and the blood effects were effectively nasty. The other hand finds the very, very ending kind of dumb, some of the actions the characters made were kind of baffling and the lead husband actor was – well – not so good. In the end, when I sit at my reflecting pool, sipping Cognac and puffing on a 200 dollar cigar, was I entertained? I sure was. I even had to put my hand over my eyes once. Our man on the street Gary recommended this to me (and seems to have had a very similar experience with this). I can’t say that I loved every minute of it but it was well worth the watch, for sure.

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If you want to take a chance with this, be prepared: it’s VERY slow and deliberate, building tension with sweeping camera shots and angles. Shit’s going on in the background and it’s not all up in your face. Like in this next shot, she’s getting dolled up for a post date night Cheerleader outfit sexcapade. Downstairs, her husband has just been clubbed with a pitching wedge. She’s lighting some candles to get the room all sexy and the cat jumps on the bed – leaving bloody paw prints all over the place. Yikes! Oh – and for the record, I applaud this movie for not taking an opportunity to kill an animal. I am SO SICK of directors using that gimmick. LEAVE THE GODDAMN ANIMALS ALONE FOR PET’S SAKE!!!

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I’m not going to give anything away about this – there’s a twist at the end but it’s not that big of a deal. What makes this entire movie is the last ten or fifteen minutes (minus the very last two minutes). They are a fucking work of art that you haven’t seen before. Whether you like the hour and such that came before or not, I guarantee you’ll see that sequence and be like “WOAH DADDY.”

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In the end, this is slow and bloody and people make stupid moves and have stupid dialogue, but the overall end product is pretty enjoyable. I watched it on Netflix streaming so it was (basically) free and, even though I normally don’t like home invasion movies, this one was pretty good.

25 comments

  1. GaryLee828

    The ending SEQUENCE was shocking; the very last action to take place before the end credits was what our man Eric didn’t like – but the event that took place right beforehand, I was stunned. I did not see that coming. I couldn’t believe it, and it was executed so damn well from the director! The movie is worth the watch simply for that set of actions.

    And yes, I agree about the cat! Leave the cats/dogs alone, and it was great that they did here!

    Thanks for checking this out and writing about it; I figured you’d like it, or at the very least appreciate it.

    I’m off to see “The Conjuring”; hope it lives up to the hype! Ryan over at “Rhino’s Horror” and I have been excited about this one since January! 🙂

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    • theipc

      It was pretty amazing for sure!

      Good luck with The Conjuring and be sure to report back. If I could take off work today I’d go see it too but I’m marooned in the office. Looks good!

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      • GaryLee828

        I think “The Conjuring” was well-executed; they avoided a lot of cutesy Hollywood moments, in which of course I’m gonna like that. I didn’t think any of the characters were annoying, and that’s a big plus, not to mention a rarity nowadays. It definitely had some creepy moments.

        I definitely recommend you taking the wife to see, and writing a quickie review! 🙂

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  2. melissa nacinovich

    so basically you gave it a 4 because they didn’t kill off the cat and you liked the last 15 minutes…LOL Now i’ll have to watch it just to see what you’re talking about.

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    • theipc

      Eh – it had a bunch of good moments throughout, but also some slow parts. The last fifteen minutes was beautiful (minus the very last two : ) )

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  3. I’m hoping to watch this soon, since Gary recommended it and knocked it out the park with Hidden Face. Bodes well you liked it mate 🙂

    And I assume this comment will end up in spam, as it is doing everywhere FFS!!! 😦

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    • theipc

      It did end up in SPAM. WTF??

      This is pretty good – I think you’ll like it!

      Nice to hear from you – hope you’re doing OK out there!

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  4. Sweet, adding it to my queue. I think one day there should be a slasher that’s only 15 minutes long, and the dog that always gets it in the shadows turns around and rips the killer’s throat out.

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  5. I agree with you (watched it yesterday finally). The last little bit is what saved the movie for me, though it is by no means a masterpiece, it keeps you engaged, though the initial thirty minutes truly almost killed it and lost it for me. My other half was huffing and puffing and threatening to leave, but he endured it. But he was not a happy individual at the end of it all.

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