Masters of Horror

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The second season of the anthology series, Masters of Horror, brings a stellar lineup of directors and thirteen new one-hour films.
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  1. 1. The Damned Thing
    October 27, 2006
    57min
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    Twenty-four years ago, outside a small Texas town, young Kevin Reddle watched helplessly as his oilman father brutally slaughtered his mother before being torn apart by an invisible force. Today the county Sheriff, Kevin (Sean Patrick Flanery of THE BOONDOCK SAINTS) remains haunted by memories of that night and the fear that "the damned thing" may someday return. Now as the citizens of Cloverdale explode into a homicidal frenzy, the one man who has uncovered the truth is about to meet his own horrific destiny. Marisa Coughlan (BOSTON LEGAL) and Ted Raimi (THE GRUDGE) co-star in this blood-soaked shocker written by Richard Christian Matheson from the classic short story by Ambrose Bierce.
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  2. 2. Family
    November 3, 2006
    58min
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    It's a beautiful day in suburbia where mild-mannered bachelor Harold Thompson (George Wendt of CHEERS) is happily at work in his basement building the perfect family. But when a young couple moves in nextdoor, Harold sets his sights on the sexy young wife (Meredith Monroe of DAWSON'S CREEK). In a sunshine world of picket fences and manicured lawns, is it ever possible to know what gruesome plans are percolating in the minds of your neighbors? Matt Keeslar (SCREAM 3, ROSE RED) co-stars in this grisly black comedy with a killer twist from Director John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, ANIMAL HOUSE) and Writer Brent Hanley (FRAILTY).
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  3. 3. The V Word
    November 10, 2006
    59min
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    For two geeky best friends who've only experienced carnage via their video games, it's the ultimate late night dare: Ever seen a real dead guy? But when the pair breaks into a creepy local mortuary, they unleash a ferocious ghoul (Michael Ironside of SCANNERS and STARSHIP TROOPERS) who's hungry to share a few depraved urges of his own. Even if these pals- forlife can resist a violent suburban blood-spree, is there any peer pressure more horrific than that of the undead? Jodelle Ferland of SILENT HILL co-stars in this grisly twist on teenage vampirism written by series creator Mick Garris
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  4. 4. Sounds Like
    November 17, 2006
    58min
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    For call center supervisor Larry Pearce (Chris Bauer of THE WIRE, THIRD WATCH and 8MM), listening is a way of life. His days are spent monitoring hundreds of tech support phone conversations, his ultra-sensitive ears attuned to every nuance of voice and sound. But in the months following his young son's tragic death, Larry's hearing intensifies until it becomes virtually superhuman. Now simple noises around him have amplified into a cacophony of torment. And as Larry slowly begins to lose his grip on reality, he must take violent action to quiet the deafening clamor. In a world where nothing screams louder than the madness of grief, how far will one man go to find the ultimate paradise of absolute silence?
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  5. 5. Pro-Life
    November 14, 2006
    57min
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    For the dedicated staff of an isolated women's clinic, the ultimate nightmare is waiting to explode. Trapped inside is a terrified pregnant 15-year-old girl. Lurking outside, her crazed anti-abortion activist father (Ron Perlman of HELLBOY) and heavily armed brothers are ready to smash their way in. In this health- centerturned- slaughterhouse, there is only one certainty - there will be Hell to pay. Emmanuelle Vaugier (SAW II, SMALLVILLE) and Mark Feuerstein (THE WEST WING) co-star in this graphic and provocative shocker directed by John Carpenter.
  6. 6. Pelts
    November 30, 2006
    58min
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    Meat Loaf stars as a furrier struggling to build a business; a strange group of raccoon hides could make a coat that will change his fortunes forever.
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  7. 7. The Screwfly Solution
    December 8, 2006
    59min
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    It begins with a terrifying rash of isolated homicides Around the world, normal male sexual urges have suddenly transformed into violent rage. Now a pair of scientists (Jason Priestley and Elliott Gould) are in a desperate race against time to figure out how - and why - the war between the sexes has turned murderous. Is a mysterious virus making every red-blooded man a potential lady-killer? Kerry Norton (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) costars in this graphic and provocative shocker written by Sam Hamm (BATMAN, HOMECOMING) from the award-winning short story by James Tiptree Jr.
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  8. 8. Valerie on the Stairs
    October 21, 2006
    60min
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    It is called Highberger House, a place for unpublished writers to live and work without distractions while they continue to pile up rejection letters. But this building is haunted by more than just the specter of failed authors: There is the ghost of a beautiful woman in the hallways who cries out in fear and desire. And there is a beast in the walls that owns her body and soul, and now fiends for the blood of his creators. Christopher Lloyd, Tyron Leitso (HOUSE OF THE DEAD), and Tony Todd (CANDYMAN) star in this sexually charged shocker adapted from the story by Clive Barker about doomed dreams, rotted imaginations and the horrific secret that has given life to VALERIE ON THE STAIRS.
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  9. 9. Right to Die
    January 5, 2007
    58min
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    Late at night on a lonely country road, Cliff Addison (Martin Donovan of THE DEAD ZONE and WEEDS) and his wife Abby are involved in a fiery car wreck that leaves Cliff unhurt and his wife hideously burned. As Abby lies comatose, kept alive only by life support, her charred spirit seeks vengeance on those who profit from her plight including a slick attorney (Corbin Bernsen). Amidst a storm of angry relatives and pushy reporters, a controversial issue is about to take a horrific turn: Even if Cliff can now find a way to keep his wife alive, will a monstrous secret condemn him to a living hell forever?
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  10. 10. We All Scream for Ice Cream
    January 12, 2007
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    William Forsythe of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS stars as Buster The Clown, a mentally challenged man who sells ice cream his Cheery Tyme truck until a cruel prank by a bunch of neighborhood boys goes horrifically wrong. A generation later they're all grown men with families, but the crime of their past may now be trolling for their children: Buster and his truck have returned for sweet revenge, and every frozen treat will bring its own taste of Hell. Lee Tergesen (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) co-stars in this tasty chiller adapted by ?splatterpunk' writer David J Schow (PICK ME UP) from the short story by best-selling author John Farris (THE FURY).
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  11. 11. The Black Cat
    January 19, 2007
    58min
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    "Perversity," wrote Edgar Allan Poe, is "the human thirst for self torture." Jeffrey Combs of RE-ANIMATOR fame delivers an electrifying performance as the legendary writer driven to debt and drunken folly by a world cruelly indifferent to his poetry. But is it his beloved wife's agonizing death by consumption or her deranged pet feline that will soon trigger the scribe's most ghastly acts of madness? Director Stuart Gordon and longtime collaborator Dennis Paoli (RE- ANIMATOR, DAGON, CASTLE FREAK) co-wrote this grisly exploration of horror fiction's dark genius, condemned to a living hell of illusion, insanity and beyond by THE BLACK CAT.
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  12. 12. The Washingtonians
    January 26, 2007
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    What if everything we believe about our sacred icons of American history turned out to be a complete lie? Suppose, for example, that The Father Of Our Country was actually a blood-crazed cannibal? Jonathon Schaech and Saul Rubinek star in this gruesome tale about the discovery of a Revolutionary War artifact that proves George Washington's famed wooden teeth hungered for more than just liberty. How far will a group of homicidal historians now go to keep a hero's grisly legacy alive? Would our government deliberately hide the truth to cover-up the meat of the matter? A feast of answers - complete with huge helpings of human carnage - will all be served at the final banquet of THE WASHINGTONIANS.
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  13. 13. Dream Cruise
    February 2, 2007
    59min
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    Daniel Gillies of SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3 stars as an American attorney in Japan whose childhood trauma has left him with a crippling fear of the ocean. But when he begins a dangerous affair with the wife of a wealthy client, a sunset boat trip will reveal the violence and vengeance that waits just below the surface. How do you unleash the horrific ghosts of everyone's past? Just add water! Ryo Ishibashi of AUDITION and THE GRUDGE co-stars in this creepy shocker adapted from the short story by legendary Japanese horror novelist Kôji Suzuki, creator of DARK WATER and THE RING/RINGU series, where the ultimate nightmares come to life aboard a DREAM CRUISE.
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Tyson PlattReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show. Terrible Presentation.
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This series was great overall. It is an anthology series, so there are hits and misses. But overall, it's a ton of fun. Four and a half stars for the content. The problem is the presentation. The episodes are presented in standard definition and that is being generous. The video quality leaves a lot to be desired. But the biggest problem is the screen formatting. The video is both letterboxed (black bars at top and bottom) and pillarboxed (black bars on left and right)! Do you hear what I'm saying here? The video is basically displayed as a box in the center of your screen. The only way to correct the issue is to zoom in on the box so it fills the screeen (assuming yoiur TV lets you do so). But zooming in further reduces the video quality. It feels a lot like watching an old VHS tape. The series really deserves better than that. Hopefully, it will get a full HD treatment in the future.
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debjeffReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Like an old friend
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I remember when these first came out. Maybe half were really good. The other half worth one watch but definitely something to keep on the shelf. Now, hard to find and worth watching again.
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Heather R. Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Made-for-TV Horror
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I purchased Episode 11 for my students to watch after reading Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat," and they absolutely loved it (except when I skipped the brief scene in the beginning - it's not graphic...just slightly inappropriate for the classroom). This episode had just enough gore, but it was never gruesome. Although it deviated from the original plot slightly, it gave the students a concrete visual of the story and allowed for a lively discussion on the similarities and differences from the text. This is definitely made-for-TV horror, which worked great for the purpose for which I needed it!
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Ian WilliamsonReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love this series
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Love this series. "Family" is my favorite episode of this season but "Pro-Life", "The Screwfly Solution", "The Black Cat" and "We All Scream For Ice Cream" are all great episodes as well. If you like horror, you'll enjoy giving these a watch.
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Critic's CornerReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing Yet Ghastly Tale!
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Have you ever read Poe's tale of intrigue and suspense called The Black Cat? About a murderer who walls up his dead wife and the cat gets in there somehow with suspenseful results?

The Masters of Horror Showtime series had Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allen Poe in their second season, episode 24 of their anthology series. Poe is a drunk and is suffering writer's block in his home in 1841 Pennsylvania. We see him unable to pay his bar bill, gets thrown out on his rear several times and has some interesting delusions caused by alcohol.

He has two worries: money and his wife suffering from "the consumption" where she coughs blood (quite realistic). Poe goes nuts at one point and smashes the piano they were going to sell. Suddenly the piano is fine. Alcoholic delusion?

The viewer is kept guessing throughout the hour episode as to what is delusion and what is real. When Poe crushed a half-dead bird, his goldfish disappears and when he pops out the cat Pluto's eye (ewwwwhh!!) damn that's hard! Just hard!

As I'm watching this I know that his wife died some years later from consumption (TB) and not an axe between the eyes (another sight you want to wait to see well after dinner) and so the story intrigued me and yet was fairly familiar with Poe's tale.

Was the Black Cat autobiographical, a real thing, or an alcoholic delusion?

Combs comes off of his film Re-Animator and again plays a slightly crazed yet not as eccentric part as Poe -- he even looks like the famous horror writer!

Drinking gallons of whiskey may not break your writer's block but this horror story may. Highly recommended but not for the timid or the sensitive stomach!!
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HellseekerReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mixed bag
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Well, thanks to Anchor Bay for this beautiful looking special edition (it`s on display on a bookshelf in my studie). It`s also great that the movies are presented in their unrated form, because I saw some on rental DVD which were cut of all the good and red stuff. Filmwise it`s a whole different story. While there are some great (Screwfly Solution) or hilarious episodes (The Washingtonians) there are also weak ones among them. But that`s a problem you have to face when you buy a box set. So I think we have to life with the stinkers and watch the good ones.
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C.D. ZiglarReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2011
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst packaging idea ever...
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I had actually been avoiding buying Masters of Horror season 2 in hopes it would be released with normal packaging, rather than the collector's edition skull, but after several years, I finally caved and recently ordered it from Amazon.

Unfortunately, due to the odd shape of the Masters of Horror season 2 box set casing, it was not properly protected during shipping. As a result, the "teeth" fell out/broke and several of the discs were scratched. I recommend anyone looking to purchase this set in the future either buy it on site somewhere, buy it used and give specific packing instructions for the discs to be removed from the skull before shipping and for the skull to be securely wrapped, or download the episodes rather than purchasing a hard copy. But do not purchase it new and expect it to arrive in new condition. This is not necessarily Amazon's fault, so much as whatever fool designed the case.
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TerriReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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The students loved it...it brought the story to life and they were horrified!
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