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Exclusive clip: The melody and menace of Fantastic Fest premiere “HOMEBOUND”

Friday, September 24, 2021 | Exclusives, News


Claustrophobic dread suffuses the feature debut of writer/director Sebastian Godwin.

HOMEBOUND has its world premiere tomorrow, September 25 at Fantastic Fest. Tom Goodman-Hill, Aisling Loftus, Hattie Gotobed, Raffiella Chapman and Lukas Rolfe star; the synopsis: “Holly [Loftus] is excited to finally meet fiancé Richard’s [Goodman-Hill] three children for the first time at a birthday celebration for his youngest. Taking place at his ex-wife’s secluded home in the English countryside, Holly is nervous at the proposition of being a stepmom and eager to make a good impression on the children and his ex. However, when they arrive, circumstances are far from ideal.

“She’s not much older than Richard’s eldest daughter, and the reception she receives from the two teenagers, Lucia [Gotobed] and Ralph [Rolfe], is decidedly frosty. Richard’s ex is nowhere to be found, and the children are reluctant to share any more details about their mom’s whereabouts. Holly and Richard decide to stay until she comes home, with Richard overzealously trying to lighten the mood by taking the kids swimming, throwing a raucous party for his youngest daughter Anna [Chapman], and trying to be the cool, permissive parent who lets his kids get drunk on champagne. But as the days pass with no sign of the children’s mother, the children become more and more hostile to Holly, and her suspicions begin to mount. What at first appeared to be typical teenage angst escalates rapidly, until it is perfectly clear that something is very wrong in this house.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).