THE DOMESTICS (2018) Reviews and overview

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The Domestics is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic horror feature film directed and written by Mike P. Nelson (Wrong Turn, 2019). The Hollywood Gang Productions movie stars Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin.

In a terrifying post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions, Nina (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Tyler Hoechlin) race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety. As one depraved group narrows their search for the couple, they must work together as they are pushed to the breaking point in order to survive…


“The action sequences keep you on the edge of your seat and they used every bit of their budget to make sure you stay entertained. I loved the costumes and the different gang factions that ruled the new world. Everyone had their own thing going on without being blended into one big mess, not knowing who is who. The only downfall of the movie is that the chemistry between Bosworth and Hoechlin never fully developed.” Dominick DeLuca, Bloody Disgusting

“Most of the necessary pieces are in play for hitting the key points of dystopian formula. One element missing is a stronger grasp of the film’s own identity, resulting in a movie whose muted spirit misses capitalizing on its complete potential. Buoyed by its better performances, like that of The Wire alum Lance Reddick, The Domestics earns a pass for a portion of its predictability.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“Feeling a lot like a Brian Trenchard-Smith movie (Dead End Drive-In, Turkey Shoot) the script is a delight, constantly and consistently wrong footing you. There’s a fantastic performance from the ever-reliable Lance Reddick and I’ve just spotted that The Domestics has a well-deserved 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

Main cast and characters:

  • Tyler Hoechlin … Mark West
  • Kate Bosworth … Nina West
  • Lance Reddick … Nathan Wood
  • Sonoya Mizuno … Betsy
  • Dana Gourrier … Wanda
  • Thomas Francis Murray … Plowboy Jim
  • David Dastmalchian … Willy Cunningham


The Domestics was released in select movie houses on June 28, 2018, by Orion Classics and on VOD the day after.

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