Original Air Date: December 2, 2005
Run time: 58 minutes
“Homecoming” was an episode of the two-season television series “Masters of Horror” that aired on Showtime from 2005-2007. Each episode was directed by a (self-proclaimed) Master of Horror; “Homecoming” was written and directed by Joe Dante, who has directed a number of movies, most notably “The Howling,” “Innerspace,” “The ‘Burbs,” and “Gremlins.” Since each “Master of Horror” was given the absolute creative control to make their 60-minute “movie” whatever and however they pleased, I would like to write this review as an open letter directly to the writer/director himself. Let’s begin.
Dear Mr. Dante,
Hello, my name is Tony Schaab, and I am a zombie fan. I recently had the opportunity to watch “Homecoming,” and I must say, sir, that as a fan of the undead, I am beyond disappointed with this piece of work.
It was painfully obvious to me that you wanted less a chance to tell a truly harrowing and original tale about reanimated corpses and more an opportunity to bash your viewers over their heads with your thinly-veiled political views. How do I know this? Two ways: one, I watched the episode and I have a functioning brain; two, I watched the interview with you in the Special Features of the “Homecoming” DVD where you said, point-blank, that you took the opportunity of directing an episode of this show to present your feelings on the political landscape of the time and that the zombies were simply the backdrop to showing the audience your sixty-minute opinion.