The House Of Adam

  • 2008
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Mystery

orge Ameer's supernatural drama is a bizarre stew of gay bashing, ghosts and guilt in a backwater town. Small-town gay man Adam (Jared Cadwell) has worked at Al Ross' (Thomas Michael Kappler) diner since he was in high school. Al is fond of Adam and respects his commitment to supporting his ailing mother – Al was orphaned when he was young and looked...read more

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orge Ameer's supernatural drama is a bizarre stew of gay bashing, ghosts and guilt in a backwater town.

Small-town gay man Adam (Jared Cadwell) has worked at Al Ross' (Thomas Michael Kappler) diner since he was in high school. Al is fond of Adam and respects his commitment to supporting his ailing mother – Al was orphaned when he was young and looked after his two siblings. But when the books don't balance, he assumes Adam is stealing and summons his married son, Anthony (), back from college to go undercover as a new employee – Adam and Anthony have somehow never met, though they appear to be the same age – and catch Adam in the act. Anthony instead falls for Adam and confesses to his dad that he was somehow stealing from him long distance… oh, and he's not going to college – he needed the money to pay for detective school. He then goes back where he came from, his wife Nina (Lexi Karriker) in tow. One year later, Ross dies and leaves his cabin to Adam. Soon after, Adam is beaten to death with a bible by local religious bigots. His body is never found, so his attackers go free. Anthony hires a realtor to rent the house out. Newlyweds Helen and Mark (Tiffany McFarland, Reeve Howard) move in ad start seeing and hearing strange things. Then Helen accidently runs Anthony down on a deserted road; he pretends to be a stranger and moves into their tool shed in hopes of finding Adam's remains and putting his unquiet spirit to rest.

Woodenly acted and plagued by sound problems, HOUSE OF ADAM takes place in some bizarro world in which people do flat-out crazy things: What husband agrees to let the complete stranger his stay-at-home wife just run down with her car to stay in their isolated cabin – miles from help (though in one unfortunate shot you can glimpse cars whizzing down a nearby road) -- and do yard work? The only characters who make any sense are Adam's killers – backwoods homophobes who use the Bible to justify murder may be loathsome, but their behavior is a direct consequence of their beliefs. A gay-themed plea for tolerance in which the only individuals you understand are the gay bashers took a wrong turn somewhere.

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  • Released: 2008
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: orge Ameer's supernatural drama is a bizarre stew of gay bashing, ghosts and guilt in a backwater town. Small-town gay man Adam (Jared Cadwell) has worked at Al Ross' (Thomas Michael Kappler) diner since he was in high school. Al is fond of Adam and res… (more)

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