Head Of The Family

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Horror

Peculiar instead of amusing, this is a misfired attempt to combine horror and black humor. In the town of Nob Hollow, young schemer Lance (Blake Bailey) has been having a torrid affair with Loretta (Jacqueline Lovell), and both would love to get rid of her biker husband, Howard (Gordon Jennison). Lance gets an idea when he witnesses a trucker being waylaid...read more

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Peculiar instead of amusing, this is a misfired attempt to combine horror and black humor.

In the town of Nob Hollow, young schemer Lance (Blake Bailey) has been having a torrid affair with Loretta (Jacqueline Lovell), and both would love to get rid of her biker husband, Howard (Gordon Jennison). Lance gets an idea when he witnesses a trucker being waylaid by the strange Stackpool

siblings: Otis (Bob Schott), Wheeler (James Jones), and Ernestine (Dianne Colazzo). The three have been procuring unwilling subjects for human experiments being performed by their huge-headed, small-bodied brother Myron (J.W. Perra), who controls his siblings psychically. Soon Lance has

manipulated Howard into becoming their next victim.

But Lance gets greedy and tries to blackmail the wealthy Stackpools, who promptly abduct both Lance and Loretta to the family's mansion. There, Lance is to be Myron's next experiment while Myron's lobotomized subjects prepare to burn Loretta at the stake. Simple-minded Otis has become attracted to

Loretta, however, and rescues her as the house burns down on top of everyone else. Realizing that Otis is now the sole heir to the Stackpool fortune, Loretta marries him.

This entry from the low-budget film factory of Charles Band (who takes the pseudonym "Robert Talbot" here) was clearly intended to follow in the ghoulishly comic footsteps of Band and Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR (1984), complete with a villain whose head is his most prominent feature. The new

movie, however, has a weak, uninspired sense of both horror and humor, with Band-Talbot apparently thinking that the simple presentation of bizarre events and characters is enough on its own.

The trifling attempts to frighten the viewer become downright misogynist by the end when Loretta is gratuitously stripped naked before the attempt to burn her, and the script is so desperate that the big-domed Myron is actually made to describe himself as "the head of the family," in case anyone

didn't get the joke in the title.

While it's fairly well-produced, and at least appears to be trying for some originality, the whole movie reeks of a lack of inspiration, seeming to have been churned out as a piece of product and nothing more. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, extreme profanity.)

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Peculiar instead of amusing, this is a misfired attempt to combine horror and black humor. In the town of Nob Hollow, young schemer Lance (Blake Bailey) has been having a torrid affair with Loretta (Jacqueline Lovell), and both would love to get rid of he… (more)

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