Highbrow and low-key, this somber drama squanders a competent cast on a genealogical horror story whose Erich Segal-meets-Kraft Ebbing subject matters suggests that love means never having to say you're related. Because his family rarely has reunions, Aldo Speck (Justin Kirk) wonders why his father, Vincent (Gil Rogers), has summoned the clan to their country estate. Could the gathering have something to do with the health of their mother, Alma (Zohra Lampert), who's dying of some unspecified disease? Neither Aldo nor his siblings, Roland (Todd Weeks), Edward (Mark Pinter) and Doreen (Jenna Stern) are prepared for their father's announcement he's chosen a bride for Aldo. Unexpectedly, Aldo bonds with Papa's suitably wholesome candidate, Colleen Morgan (Julia Dion). Unfortunately, the Speck family patriarch doesn't respond warmly to Edward's news that he's engaged to a big city girl. In fact, Vincent is so paranoid about the family bloodline that he murders Edward, makes his son's death look like suicide and gives Edward's distraught fiancee, Jessica (Rebecca Boyd), the cold shoulder when she turns up uninvited. Aldo and Colleen's nuptials proceed without a hitch, but Roland and Doreen have difficulty fighting off their forbidden attraction to one another. Worse, the perverted Vincent approves of his children's incestuous affair. Aldo and Colleen discover they, too, are siblings; they drive off, wreck their car and languish in the hospital after they're given transfusions that have disastrous consequences. Roland proves sterile, so Vincent determined to sustain the inbred legacy of the Specks, turns his attentions to Doreen, his own daughter. Would that writer-director Mark Edlitz the directorial panache or sense of proportion needed to pull off this macabre yarn! But this grim and tedious film is awash in method acting particularly from Lampert and ultimately grinds viewers' attention spans down to a powder.
Cast & Details See all »
- Released: 2000
- Rating: R
- Review: Highbrow and low-key, this somber drama squanders a competent cast on a genealogical horror story whose Erich Segal-meets-Kraft Ebbing subject matters suggests that love means never having to say you're related. Because his family rarely has reunions, Aldo… (more)