Home Sick


Home Sick is an home-made, absurdist splatter film, or maybe a grotesquely funny parody of a splatter film. Hard to say. Imagine if Troma or Herschell Gordon Lewis decided to do an interpretation of an Ionesco play, and you'll have the general idea.

As the story begins, a girl returns from California to her home town in Alabama, and reluctantly attends a party with some of her former acquaintances. The film immediately sends a message that it is in Loonytown by portraying all of the characters with dark circles painted under their eyes, as if they were characters in a zombie movie and were just about to turn into the undead. Making matters stranger, the actors recite their lines like the walk-ons in a high school play.

The party does get a lot livelier when a fellow named Mr. Suitcase shows up, uninvited. He evokes Burt Lancaster in The Rainmaker, or Robert Preston in The Music Man - a glib, affable Midwestern con man with neatly trimmed hair, and a perpetual false smile full of artificially white teeth. He is wearing crisp white pants, a bow tie, and a clean and neatly pressed powder blue sport coat. His appearance, however, belies his agenda. He opens up the suitcase which lends him his moniker, and reveals it to be full of razor blades. He headlocks one the girls, grabs a blade, and asks everyone at the party to tell him who they hate. Somebody volunteers the name of a local drug dealer. Mr. Suitcase then brings the razor blade close to the neck of the women he's head-locking and cuts ... his own arm. He repeats this ritual for each person at the party, but as soon as they all reveal the name of someone they hate, he promptly leaves with the same air of Dale Carnegie faux good cheer that he started with, apparently unfazed by the experience except for the rivers of blood covering his new clothes.

Mr. Suitcase doesn't hurt anyone at the party, but the hated people named by the partygoers soon start dying almost immediately in grotesquely sanguine massacres. The party-goers are a trifle concerned, not because they have charitable feelings for their fellow man, but because one dickhead at the party told Mr. Suitcase that he hated everyone else at the party. Oh, he was probably being sarcastic, but can they rely on the fact that Mr. Suitcase appreciates a refined sense of irony? Probably not. The answer changes to "definitely not" when one of their group gets murdered. The only way they can defend themselves is to get armed and that requires the services of Uncle Johnny, a crazy local redneck whose only loves are the Confederacy, good chili and good guns. Johnny supplies them from his generous armory, but once they get guns in their hands, they cannot be counted on to use them responsibly.

The ending degenerates into a multi-sided battle in which ... well, I'm not sure who was trying to kill whom and whether they succeeded, but I'm pretty sure that it doesn't really matter.

Home Sick is a film festival cult favorite that has been kicking around for years in various edits, and has now come to DVD in a definitive release, with deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and various other special features. It's strictly for those movie-goers who appreciate a truly weird, underground, micro-indie vibe, and who love the Troma style of gore, the kind which is exaggerated beyond scary and into silly. There is no dramatic tension, there are no sensible characters, and the situations are ludicrous, but the film does have kind of a crazed Grand Guignol appeal for those who like movies FAR from the beaten path. As for me, I got a kick out of the appearance of Mr. Suitcase, but soon got bored with the rest of the movie. The consistently poor line delivery is a constant reminder that it's just a movie, and that factor alone eliminates any chance the film had to involve the audience.

Scream queen Tiffany Shepis showed her breasts here and there.

X-Zanthia and Melissa George (not THE Melissa George) provided the gratuitous lesbian action. (X-Zanthia is the one who stays.)



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.








The House on Carroll Street


Kelly McGillis works in the photo department at Life magazine, and is secretary to a political organization. She is called to testify at a McCarthy witch hunt, and refuses to turn over her group's membership records, which gets her fired from her job, and gains her two FBI agents assigned to make her life difficult. She manages to find a job reading to an old lady. One day, while taking a break in the garden, she overhears an argument from next door, and sees some of those involved. While she was not able to follow everything, it was clear that a young man she had seen before was translating between German and English speakers. One of the FBI agents eventually comes over to her side, and together they discover a ring with high level government connections smuggling Nazi war criminals into the US.

This is an old style thriller, harkening back to Hitchcock, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. To buy into it, it was necessary to believe the McGillis character, and she sold the part.

Kelly McGillis: breasts










We go with a little "Hankster Light" today over on the TV side, with the just cute and adorable Hayden Panettiere from "Heroes". 

She was just turning 18 as she visited "Letterman" last fall. Really nice legs. Caps and a short clip.

Then she visited the "Today Show" and showed off some more leg. Caps and a short clip.


Brand of Shame


Oh what the heck here's a VHS quality clip from the notorious whipping scene with Samantha Scott in this sixties effort, with a sample cap.









American Pie


Could anyone forget this great scene? This is to guys born in the 80s as Phoebe Cates' scene in Ridgemont High was to people born in the sixties. "Go for it, trig boy!"

Shannon Elizabeth film clips, collages below.







Notes and collages



More Jennifer Aniston

The one where Rachel quits (11)

The one with all the jealousy

The one with the chicken pox

The one with the two parties (2)







This section will present film clips to accompany Charlie's collages (which are found in his own site).

These are all the latest Defoe clips, hot off the presses:

From Les Gauloises Blondes: Floriane Blitz ... Laurence Dourlens ... others

From BOF: Helen Breillat and Marie Dubois

From Et si on Faisait un Bebe: Macha Meril and Marina Fois

Delphine Serina in Famille d'Accueil

Maureen Dor in Un Chateau en Espagne

Wioletta Michalzuk in Central Nuit






A coupla pics

Aniston ... bikini .. bending over ... spread

Kendra Wilkinson provides bonus entertainment at a party

Elena Ryzhikova


Lotsa Film Clips

Betty Mars and others in Emilienne

Charlotte Rampling in Deception - in high def! Pretty amazing that a granny can look that good in high def.