Masters of Horror

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Friday 12:00 AM Dec 02, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

In this contemporary political satire, the living dead have been found tampering with the Presidential election. Fear sweeps the nation as the media uncover this chilling fact which leads to widespread panic.

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  • A pathetic episode.

    Nothing more than a loony left propaganda film. Even fails as a horror flick. Nothing shocking, one of the more boring horror films I've seen. The zombies (Dead soldiers) are laughable. The scare factor of the Wizard of Oz would rate higher. I can't believe that Joe Dante directed this mess. This is the third Masters of Horror episode that I've seen. Not even in the same leaque as episodes 101 & 102

    The writer appears to be an anti-American type when he throws in the WWII dead along with Vietnam & Iraq to prove his 'warped thinking' that somehow we don't need to fight for our freedom and protect our way of life.

    I am being generous for giving this episode a 1.3 rating.moreless
  • Well done satire!

    This episode of "Masters of Horror" represents what could have been an average show, but turns out to be one of the best. This whole series has been disappointing and lame with poor scripts, lots of 2nd and 3rd tier actors and nothing scary. This little satire, Homecoming, showed a bit of originality and a touch of spirit in an otherwise bleak series. Robert Picardo does a standout job as Presidential toddy acting as a PR guy with some of the better lines. Thea Gill does a nice job as the Cleaver in funny skanky way. The joke about the Florida vote was a ripper.moreless
  • Great episode made all the more appealing because it never takes itself seriously. (Can you actually imagine a serious zombie movie successfully pulled off ever again?)

    This episode isn't scary in the least, aside from the overall message: you get your own back in the end. Political satire, yes, but also pokes fun at almost every level of contemporary American society if you watch the subtle clues dropped throughout. Snappy pace; great dialogue, and good performances. For those who rated this episode below a 2, it's obvious they can't see past their own political and social blinkers. (A friend said "omg..this episode would really piss off the right-wing." I replied with, "oh come on, it's so cleverly done that this could appeal to virtually any political demographic whatsoever". I see I was wrong. Guess I shouldn't be surprised).moreless
  • This episode was pure propaganda

    This episode was extremly missleading and just complete propaganda. At the start they make out like this is going to be a zombie movie type thing. But the episode had pritty much nothing to do with zpmbies they were soliders looking for justice. The whole idea for the episode was poor and weak. Normally these episodes frighten you but this didn't it wasn't even horror is was crap. I hope the rest of the series gets more on track becuase this is not worth talking about. I am very anoyed. This show has potential but episodes like this do not help it crediably. So i hope the show improves....moreless
  • We have the best government that money can buy (Mark Twain)

    6.4? What's wrong with you guys? No sense of humor?

    "Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often"

    "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

    "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."

    "Never Let a Lie Spoil a Good Story." (Mark Twain)

    ¡No a la guerra!

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • There are several allusions to other zombie movies and directors including headstones for "G.A. Romero" ("Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," "Day of the Dead," "Land of the Dead"), Jacques Tourneur ("I Walked With A Zombie"), and John Gilling ("Plague of the Zombies").

    • Jane Cleaver's license plate reads "BSH BABE" obviously for Bush Babe, another reference to the presidency of George W. Bush.

    • The graveyard scene with Phillip and his mother when they have a run in with a zombie it was done almost the same as George A. Romero made a graveyard scene in "Night of the Living Dead" his first zombie movie.

    • Just before George A. Romero's tombstone, there is another one dedicated to Jacques Tourneur. The French filmmaker is said to to have made the first movie ever featuring zombies ("I Walked With a Zombie" in 1943). Unlike Romero's movies, Tourneur's focused on the myth of the zombie as it is known in Haiti, i.e. a soulless reanimated corpse meant to do only the bidding of the person who brought it back to life.

    • When the undead start to rise up in the graveyard, one of the gravestones is seen to be marked G. A. Romero. George A. Romero, a movie writer/director, is regarded as the king of the zombie movies by many of his fans.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dave: (about the President) He's not stupid. He has a way of making stupid people feel just as smart as he is.

    • (discussing the zombie soldiers)
      Dave: Kurt, why do you think they came back? What do you suppose they want?
      Kurt: Couldn't be the disability benefits.

    • Jane: I mean, I always liked guys with uniforms, but only like, with some skin.

    • Jane: The fact is, Marty, they've studied these creatures and they have no higher brain function. Their intelligence level is basically that of a liberal.

    • Jane: The point is we are not giving up and we are definitely not giving up to a bunch of crippled (fires shot), stinking (fires shot), maggot-infested (fires shot), brain dead zombie dissidents! (fires shot) C'mon and get it! C'mon, ya pussies!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on the award-winning short story "Death & Suffrage" by Dale Bailey. The story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.


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