Horror History: Tuesday, March 17, 1987: “The Hitchhiker” episode “Homebodies” premiered

Season 4 Episode 5

Two escaped convicts hide out in a model home that just happens to be occupied and while the one, a true psychopath, wants to get rid of the inhabitants of the house, the younger one is torn between loyalty toward his ‘brother’ and saving innocent lives.

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Homebodies (1974) Available November 2

A Murder a Day Keeps the Landlord Away! When six mild-mannered senior citizens are told that their old brownstone is going to be torn down, they don’t take the news lightly! Led by a pixie-faced lady (Paula Trueman, The Outlaw Josey Wales), the oldsters decide they must exert “Gray Power” and take action. After a little plotting and planning, they become an oddly lovable assortment of “hit men,” carefully getting rid of those who would attempt to disrupt their lives. This hilarious horror story from director Larry Yust (Trick Baby) will not only make you laugh, it’ll also make you look twice at that sweet old lady who lives next door! Peter Brocco (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Frances Fuller (They Might Be Giants), William Hansen (The Laughing Policeman), Ruth McDevitt (TV’s Kolchak: The Night Stalker) and Ian Wolfe (Witness for the Prosecution) round out the cast of pernicious pensioners. Beautifully photographed by Isidore Mankofsky (Somewhere in Time).

STARRING: Peter Brocco

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