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--> ''Be it ever so humble, there's no place to HIDE!''

'''''Home Sweet Home''''' (also known as '''''Slasher in the House''''') is 1981 SlasherMovie, as you can probably tell from the alternate title.

In 1973, eighteen year-old drug addict Jay Jones beat both his parents to death, but was deemed insane and stuck in a Los Angeles asylum. Eight years later, on UsefuleNotes/ThanksgivingDay weekend, Jay escapes and goes on a PCP fueled rampage, eventually ending up at the secluded ranch house of Harold Bradley, whose friends and family have gathered together to celebrate the holiday. Suffice to say, Jay is going to make the revelers a little less thankful...

As far as [[TheEighties eighties]] slashers go, ''Home Sweet Home'' is [[ClicheStorm exceedingly generic]], but it does have two noteworthy things going for it. One, it was the first (and is still one of the few) horror films set around Thanksgiving; and two, it happened to star famous Hollywood fitness guru "Bodies by" Jake Steinfeld, who gives a deliciously hammy performance as the completely batshit Jay.

!! This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* EightiesHair
* AlliterativeName: Jay Jones.
* AutoErotica: Scott and Jennifer try and get it on in Scott's car (in broad daylight... in the driveway) but are interrupted by Mistake.
* AxCrazy: Jay.
* BatterUp: After Mistake walks in on her and Harold, a pissed off Linda chases him with a baseball bat.
* BlackSheep: Mistake, a ''{{KISS}}'' Army Soldier who spends most of his time annoying the Hell out of everyone, especially his father and stepmother.
* BloodFromTheMouth: By the end, Jay is bleeding profusely from the mouth.
* BrokenHeel: Linda trips while running from Jay.
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: The officers decide to hang around the area, guessing Linda and Gail will get pretty loose after drinking the wine they bought at the store.
* CameraAbuse: When Jay strangles the guy who offers him a drink, the can gets thrown at the camera, covering it in beer.
* CarFu: Jay runs down an old lady crossing the street with his recently hijacked station wagon.
* CatScare: A noise is heard, the turkey is found knocked over, and Angel's unmoving legs are sticking out from under the table. Turns out she just snuck some turkey.
* TheCavalry: Officers Jim and Tom (who had only one previous scene, in which they seemed [[PoliceAreUseless less than reliable]]) show up at the last minute to pump Jay full of lead before he can kill Jennifer.
* ChaseScene: Several.
* CheerfulChild: Angel.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: ''Bloodparty'' in Germany.
* CoolCar: Scott's car, at least compared to the rest of the vehicles featured in the film.
* CoolShades: Worn by the first onscreen victim.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: While not that bloody, the deaths are very violent.
* DangerousWindows: Jay attacks Scott by crashing through a window, which he then proceeds to drag Scott through.
* DangerTakesABackseat: Wayne's death.
* DaylightHorror: The beginning and end of the film.
* DeathByFallingOver: Gail gets thrown onto a car hood, slides off it and hits her head on a rock.
* DecoyProtagonist: Scott.
* {{Determinator}}: Jay keeps going, even after getting a carving knife slammed into his back (he's reduced to stumbling a lot, though). The knife also remains stuck in him for the rest of the film.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters
* DontGoInTheWoods: The Bradley ranch is in the middle of nowhere.
* DullSurprise: Scott's initial reaction to finding Maria's corpse is to calmly ask "What is going on here?"
* TheEighties
* EyesOpen: Featured in the ending, after Jay gets shot down by the police.
* {{Fainting}}: While hiding from Jay, Jennifer faints.
* FinalGirl: Jennifer.
* FreudianExcuse: One of Jay's two lines of dialogue indicate his parents (or at least [[MommyIssues his mother]]) were abusive.
* TheGamblingAddict: Wayne, who becomes absolutely livid when the power goes out and he can't watch the big game.
* GoombaStomp: While Harold is busy trying to steal the battery out of his parked car, Jay jumps on the hood, slamming it down on his skull.
* GoryDiscretionShot: For a hit and run, oddly. Jay is shown heading towards the old lady, there's an intense zoom in on her screaming face... then we're shown Jay laughing with blood all over the front of the car.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Jay stabs Linda to death with a broken wine bottle.
* HollywoodDarkness: Averted. The film is ridiculously dark in places.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
* TheHyena: Jay.
* HystericalWoman: Jennifer, by the end.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Linda and Gail talk their way out of getting a speeding ticket by showing some cleavage.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Harold's reaction to Mistake's antics.
* IllKillYou: Mistake is often on the recieving end of these.
* IncomingHam:
--> '''First Victim:''' "Hey, wanna a beer?"
--> '''Jay:''' *completely insane laugh/growl*
* InfantImmortality: Jay has seemingly no interest in Angel, the little girl.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Jay mangles Mistake's electric guitar and portable power supply, and electrocutes him with them. It is the most well lit night scene in the entire film.
* [[JustHitHim Just Hit Her]]: Near the end, Jay's attempts at killing Jennifer involve little more than throwing her at the ground a lot.
* KnifeNut: Jay carries around a big knife.
* LargeHam: Jay. Seriously, just watch the scene where he's writhing and stumbling around after being stabbed, making weirder than usual noises.
* LastNameBasis: Harold's first name is only mentioned once.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: The very outskirts of it, apparently.
* MuggingTheMonster: Harold finds Jay's car seemingly abandoned, and decides to siphon gas from it and steal the battery. This ends badly.
* MyCarHatesMe: One has a faulty battery, while the other has a defective gas gauge.
* NiceHat: Harold's briefly seen cowboy hat.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Jennifer stabs Jay in the back once, and recoils in horror instead of continuing to attack him.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Mistake.
* PeekABooCorpse: Jay strings up either Harold or Wayne's body (it's dark) in the woods for Linda to find. Later, Maria find the mutilated body of one of the other women in the washroom.
* {{Phlegmings}}: Jay drools a lot.
* PluckyComicRelief: Mistake.
* PornStache: Wayne and Harold each have one.
* PrimalScene: While being chased by Scott, Mistake ends up barging in on his father and stepmother half-naked in bed.
* PsychoSerum: [[TruthInTelevision PCP]].
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter
* ReactionShot
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: The only reasonable explanation for why Harold is so frickin' huge.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Jay bludgeoned both his parents to death.
* SlashedThroat: Scott's death.
* StealthPun: The killer is played by a guy nicknamed "Bodies by Jake".
* StrawMisogynist: Jay, judging by his "Women are no good! They'll only cause ya' problems, man!" line.
* SweaterGirl: Jennifer.
* TakeMeInstead: Said by Mistake, when Jay puts a knife to Maria's throat.
* TattooedCrook: It looks like it was drawn on with marker, though.
* ThanksgivingDayStory
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Jennifer's "I am so scared!"
* ThoseTwoGuys: Officers Jim and Tom.
* TitleDrop: Jay has "Home Sweet Home" tattooed on his hand, for some reason.
* TokenMinority: Maria.
* TotallyRadical: Jay's two lines are filled with liberal use of "man".
* TwoFirstNames: The family's surname is Bradley.
* TheUnintelligible: Maria only speaks in Spanish.
* VaderBreath
* VillainOpeningScene: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qyh_HDwKo0 The best part of the film.]]
* TheVoiceless: While he laughs a ''lot'', Jay only actually talks twice.
* YourCheatingHeart: Linda probably died because she kept making jokes about cheating on Harold.
* YoureInsane: Mistake, to Jay.

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