Masters of Horror: Joe Dante - Homecoming

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It's a few weeks prior to the Presidential election and an undesirable war still rages overseas. But when the Republican administration wants that our dead soldiers could return to tell America how pleased they were to serve their nation, veterans begin to increase from their flag-draped caskets for the most terrible reason of all: to vote.Are they gloriously reanimated heroes or braindead zombie dissidents? And even if the administration can design the proper spin in time to take their re-election, will an army of men and women eliminated for a lie finally show our nation the real face of hell? Jon Tenney (THE CLOSER), Thea Gill (QUEER AS FOLK) and Robert Picardo (STAR TREK: VOYAGER) star in this intriguing stunner from director Joe Dante (GREMLINS, THE HOWLING, PIRANHA) that The Village Voice calls "jaw-dropping ... easily one of the most essential political films of the era!"

Made for Showtime, the Masters of Horror series functions films by popular horror film directors, such as Homecoming by Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins). This satire about Bush's War On Terrorism is a one-liner, where soldiers eliminated in Iraq increase from the dead to vote the president out of office as their last effort to end the war. Zombies defend peace as the political leaders concoct deadly schemes in this comical film about the idiocy of our existing government. Political specialists Jane Cleaver (Thea Gill) and David Murch (Jon Tenney) fulfill throughout a talk show panel, then view in horror as the news begins to air footage of soldier zombies roaming the streets towards their regional voting booths. Leading political authorities, not able to kill the undead, find that the zombies pass away by themselves after dropping their voting cards into the boxes. Zombies trigger a little transformation by denouncing WMDs on television, advising residents to do the same. Weak compared to Romero's terrific sarcastic zombie film, Dawn of the Dead, Homecoming functions enough body parts spraying green blood to entertain. Excessive humor throughout recalls Re-Animator, yet the political message goes deeper. Dante's deformed performance of America's recent history appears more relevant than ever. -- Trinie Dalton

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