PARTS OF THE FAMILY (2003) Reviews and avoid

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Parts of the Family is a 2003 Belgian-American comedy horror feature film directed by Léon Paul De Bruyn (Maniac Nurses) from a screenplay by John Idem and Liam Bradley. The Idep Bvpa-Troma Entertainment production was co-produced by Johan Vandewoestijne (PurgatoryRabid Grannies and director of Laundry Man; Lucker the Necrophagous) and stars Cecilia Bergqvist, Bob Dougherty and Leo Franquet.

Beyond the front door of an old, decrepit house a horrible and tragic past is buried. One night a family of four were brutally hacked to pieces. The only survivor is the young and beautiful housekeeper, Ella. When she steps out of the house one day, she has no idea that she is about to be snatched by failed bank robber Jason Goodis. The latter, however, could not have imagined that the innocent hostage he is dragging back inside, has an unquenchable thirst for blood!


” …it’s the overall tone that finally fails Parts of the Family. At 86 minutes, this movie is still too long, with more pointless scenes of people screaming and moaning than moments of necessary exposition. Flashbacks happen at the most inopportune times […] Shrill, stupid and sloppily put together, Parts of the Family is a failure.” Bill Gibron, DVD Talk

“This is a movie so terrible and nonsensical, even Troma hated it and decided to MST3K their own movie by re-editing it with self-aware mocking commentary, silly noises and farts, gratuitous cannibal lesbians, fat men and nudity.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

Cast and characters:

  • Cecilia Bergqvist … Elle Fitzroy
  • Bob Dougherty … Jason Goodis
  • Leo Franquet … Leo Esubam
  • Paul Houwen … Police Officer Nicks
  • Hugo Vanden Bremt … Police Officer Walls
  • Willy Leus … Police Officer Raines
  • Johanna Lesage … Laura Esubam
  • Leen Vandereycken … Lucy Esubam
  • Norman Baert … Stephen Esubam
  • John Idem … Sniper
  • Bert Strouwen … Squad Leader
  • Jacques Verbist … Zombie Policeman (as Jaak Verbist)
  • Peter Clappaert … Driver / Weapons Instructor
  • Geert Hoornaert … Squadmember
  • Bruno Vandenbossche … Zombie
  • Luc de Kesel … Squad Member
  • Claude Coucke … Uniformed cop 1
  • Tom Vandendriessche … Uniformed cop 2
  • Lloyd Kaufman … Carl Ressler

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