Monday, July 03, 2006
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
The Village Voice called it "easily one of the most important political films of the era!" Fangoria magazine said "as pointed, clever and blackly amusing as anything the genre has seen in ages, a perfect example of horror's ability to address subjects too touchy to deal with in other genres." The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling understood the power of sci-fi and horror genres to make a political statement. (Remember the episode "The Monsters Arrive on Maple Street?") Well, just in time for the Fourth of July, Homecoming, an anti-war/horror film from director Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), aimed squarely at the Bush administration, hits the DVD shelves. Adapted from the short story "Death and Suffrage" by Dale Bailey, Dante's second contribution to the superb "Masters of Horror" series is a great concept: Just a few weeks before the 2008 Presidential election, an unpopular war, based on lies, is still raging overseas. (Sound familiar?) When the Republican administraton publicly announces that it wishes the dead troops could return to tell America how proud they were to serve their country, (look out) veterans begin to rise from their flag-draped coffins (you know, the ones the media, and the current administration, won't let us see) to...vote! Even as the administration tries to devise a spin in time to steal the re-election, the undead army of men and women, who were killed for a lie, are on a new mission -- to show the country that war is hell. Powerful stuff without being preachy.