Fantasia Review: Suburban Gothic Reflects No Sophomore Slump for Richard Bates, Jr.

Moving back in with your parents can be hard to do. It comes with a modicum of humility and confusion. You’re an adult: How did it get to this bad? Why can’t you find a job? You have a degree, but are driven back home until you get back on your feet – how long will this last? Richard Bates Jr. pushes the answers to these questions into extreme, often very funny, territory in Suburban Gothic, his sophomore feature following the grisly Excision.
His latest film – which made its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival – deliberately favors humor over horror this time around. But it’s not the pitch black laughs that came in Excision.

[Trailer] ‘Excision’ Helmer Brings You ‘Suburban Gothic’

Richard Bates made a big bloody mess on the genre scene with Excision. He’s been away for far too long, but he’s back now with Suburban Gothic, a film that is premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival this month in Montreal.
Bates has, once again, pulled in an eclectic cast that includes: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Barbara Niven, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, John Waters and Muse Watson.