We don't usually review horror movies here at OOTJ, but I have to tell you about this one: Homecoming, a short 60-minute film in Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series. Homecoming is directed by Joe Dante, known for such classics as The Howling, Gremlins, Matinee, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. I'll let Shakespeare's Sister describe this one for you:
I got an advance copy of Homecoming, an hour-long film which premiers tonight on Showtime as part of its new Masters of Horror series. Based on Dale Bailey’s short story Death and Suffrage, and directed by Joe Dante (the George Romero protégé who directed Gremlins), Homecoming is a clever send-up of the Bush administration and their minions, centered on a war sold on "horseshit and elbow grease." It’s also a zombie flick.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll give you a few teasers—there’s a blond talk-show pundit who favors short black minis and S&M named Jane Cleaver, a political guru named Kurt Rand who likes to describe politics and war as a game, and a big ... bunch of zombies in fatigues who beg to differ.
The scariest thing about Homecoming is what a short distance it is between the real people on whom it was based and the caricatures in the film.
Homecoming is running on Showtime all this month; I saw it last night. If you don't have cable, wangle an invitation to dinner with somebody who does.