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The Family

 (92)
1 h 20 min202015
The horrifying true story of America's first serial killing family. A troubled doctor searches for patients lost in the wilderness of the Kansas prairie in the 1800's where he encounters the Benders, a family harbouring a terrifying secret. Taking shelter in their remote home, it soon becomes clear that the family don't intend to let him leave alive.
Directors
John Alexander
Starring
Bruce DavisonLinda PurlJames Karen
Genres
Horror
Subtitles
None Available
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Buck TaylorJon MonasteroNicole JellenReylynn CasterLeslie WoodiesGrace McKeaneyChance CaedenJon Monastero
Producers
JC Guest
Studio
High Fliers Films
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3.2 out of 5 stars

92 global ratings

  1. 36% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 6% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 23% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 15% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 19% of reviews have 1 stars
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PHILSAM53Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
It would greatly aid in helping Insomniacs get a desperately needed sleep !!
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This supposed ever so gruesome movie is no more gruesome than getting a paper cut on your finger !!
There is NO spoiler moments of any sort so you will be grateful to use the money for something with a better use of your time,like maybe buying a pack of grass seed and throwing some water on them to see how long it takes to germinate!!
Don't bother reading the notes for what the movie is about because I think they've been mixed up with another movie's description.
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AngelaDeNorthReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Slowest film ever!
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I have studied the Bender family in detail this story uses some of the same names and occasional character traits but the similarity ends there. Every 'actor' (they were terrible) spoke ridiculously slowly as if they were all suffering from serious developmental delays...seriously this 'film' could have been half and hour long but the slow speech made it last for an hour and a half of the most wasted moments of my life. Disappointing doesn't cover it. This is not for those interested in the Bender clan...so much wasted potential for an amazing film ruined here I am afraid absolutely awful and hardly even believable how much of the story is changed almost to make it less interesting. Weird and downright boring.
fredReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 June 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
rubbish
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absolute rubbish
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RCPReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Family..
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Good film.
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Shirley LeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute rubbish
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I do not think the £4.99 I paid for this film was worth it. It was boring and I did not enjoy it one bit.
2 people found this helpful
ConnorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
AWFUL
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Dont watch, terrible.
One person found this helpful
N. A. ParryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sinister disappearances in Fairweather ...
This is another fine release from High Fliers Films, a company I only discovered recently with the release of ‘The Cleansing (2019)’. I am delighted to find there are many films under their banner, and a lot of them are horror stories.

This is another modestly budgeted chiller, based on the real life Bender family of the 1870s, the first known serial killer family. Director and co-writer John Alexander orchestrates events in a restrained manner, never in a hurry to tell their story. If you are prepared for a mainly unspectacular, intelligent slow-burner, this will not disappoint. That isn’t to say there aren’t moments that won’t make you jump – the fate of one of the local doctor’s patients, and the doctor’s own eventual fate, for example, are handled deftly. Shocking moments in an overall ambience of distinctly calmed oddness.

There’s an unspecific but unsettling nature about the directorial choices here too – lingering just too long on a smile, highlighting the rugged features of a character contrasted against a wide blue sky, introducing the grocery store as a lone silhouette, the omnipresent but barely perceptible buzzing of flies – that further communicates the sense of dislocation and unease as further disappearances occur in Fairweather.

Just don’t eat the pork.
One person found this helpful
NatashaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good
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Loved it based on true story.
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