Masters of Horror

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Masters of Horror

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Showtime has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time the foremost names in the horror film genre have joined forces for the series consisting of a series of one hour films. The show ran for two thirteen episode seasons from 2005-2007.
Cinthia Moura

Cinthia Moura

Deer Woman - "Deer Woman"

Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Tucker

Jak - "Dance Of The Dead"

Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus

Kirby Sweetman - "Cigarette Burns"

Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Frank - "Jenifer"

Ethan Embry

Ethan Embry

Bruce - "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road"

Bree Turner

Bree Turner

Ellen - "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road"

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  • I was so looking forward to it, but in the end wondered why I had.

    1.5
    I was very disappointed with this show. I found most of the endings to be very predicitable and a bit of a let down and was left wondering why I even bothered. I kept hoping that the next episode (and the next) would be better, but was sorely let down each time. I had heard a lot of hype about the show, and being a horror fan from way back I was eagerly anticipating a weekly horror series to watch. Well I got a "horror" series, but not in the way it was intentioned. Bad acting, bad scripts, bad lighting and bad sound. Just plain bad.moreless
  • Great idea. Overall it's hit or miss, but it does include some real gems.

    8.5
    When I first heard about the idea behind "Masters Of Horror", one hour segments put together by some of the premiere names in horror, I must admit I was pretty stoked. Looking at some of those involved: Stuart Gordon, Argento, Carpenter, Landis, Takashi Miike, reads like a who's who of horror elites. This could have easily been one of the greatest shows, horror themed or otherwise, ever made. But alas, with any series of it's kind there are bound to be some weak spots. Granted, there is certainly a lot to love here, especially in the first season, and when the idea works it gives us some of the best horror programming television has ever seen. For every mediocre entry, there are two or three good ones and even a few of pure genius. Episodes like "Dream Cruise" and "The V Word" fall well short of greatness and may have you looking for the remote to find something else to watch, but others will have your eyes glued to the screen and your fingers dug tightly into the armrests!



    "Cigarette Burns" (John Carpenter), "The Fair Haired Child" (William Malone), and "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road" (Don Coscarelli) all work extremely well, especially given the alotted time. One of my favorites, "Pick Me Up" (Larry Cohen), features a brilliantly funny pair of serial killers jockeying for dibs on an "innocent" victim. It's horror/comdey at it's finest.



    But the episode that's truly noteworthy of mention, both for it's content and for the controversy it created, is "Imprint". The master of making audiences squirm, Takashi Miike ("Audition"), has the distinction of being the only filmmaker of the series to not have his episode shown on American TV. That's quite an accomplishment considering that that the network refusing to air it was "Showtime"! But indeed if you've seen "Imprint" you can easily understand why it was shelved. It is decidedly not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. Featuring one of the most horrifyingly realistic torture scenes ever put to celluloid (Seriously! "Hostel" ain't got nothing on this film!), it stays true to it's title and is guaranteed to permanently leave a strong one on your psyche. An "Imprint", that is. It's worth a look, if anything just to see for yourself what kind of material is so outrageous that a pay-cable station won't run it!



    All in all, "Masters Of Horror" isn't for everybody. But fans of gore and frights should gladly sit through the weaker material just to get to those golden nuggets like "Imprint". And while it may not deserve to be considered among the greatest shows in television history, it definitely deserves to be included in a talk of the best horror shows ever made.moreless
  • Each episode is an hour long, with a different horror storyline each time.

    9.3
    I first started watching this show after I rented one of the tapes from the video store. I enjoyed it from the first episode. Each episode is like a mini movie. Some episodes you're upset because it's too short and some episodes, you're upset because they're too long. I'm a big fan of Tales from the Crypt to this day and that's part of a reason why I liked this series, a new story each time.



    In some episodes, it was just all about the gore and the storyline was just a piece of **** I mean, gore is nice and all, but I'm going to need a good storyline to go with it and many of them just didn't do it for me.



    I think it's a series that any horror fan should check out, but here's a warning toward the end of the series, the good episodes start to die out and all you're left with is crap.moreless
  • eew!

    4.5
    Gargoyles, wolves, and smiling dolls dot the opening credits for Showtime's Masters of Horror — a clichéd start, lacking only a black cat and a boiling cauldron. Unfortunately, the second season of the anthology series — 13 one-hour movies from directors including John Carpenter (1978's still-eerie Halloween) and Brad Anderson (2001's flawed but deeply disturbing Session 9) — has a limp kickoff too. The Oct. 27 debut episode, The Damned Thing, directed by Tobe Hooper (1974's original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), is set in a dusty, Southern locale (Texas...again), stars a haunted, taciturn sheriff (Powder's Sean Patrick Flanery), and boasts lots of bourbon-tinted scenes lined with gee-tar strums. As a kid, this sheriff suffered a family horror at the hands (paws?) of some malevolent invisible critter that drips black sludge from ceilings. Now the force is back and is making the townsfolk go mad. None of this is scary — Hooper relies heavily on boy-pleasing gore and lots of jittery camera work — and none of this makes sense. Thing purports to be inspired by an Ambrose Bierce short story, but has little in common with that tale. In a pseudo-relevant twist, the creature has its origins in the local oil wells — oil being the new evil-yet-inoffensive go-to villain, the millennial version of the ''vaguely European terrorist'' of the 1990s. I'd advise waiting for the series' comic-horror tale Family from John Landis (starring George Wendt and airing Nov. 3) and skipping this messmoreless
  • What a great idea.

    9.5
    This show is very original and sometimes extremly scary. The show consists of 13 episodes each series. Each episode tells the story of an even. None of the episode lead on to each other, so anything is posible from week to week. So far i have only watched most of season 2, the show has some very strong and original episodes, and sometimes it has the un-original episode that have been done to death. This series shows lots of promise and i can only hope now that it is being renewed for a third season it will get better and hopefully the story telling will become stronger.moreless
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    Categories

    Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense

    Themes

    Gorefest, B-Movie Horror, Monsters & Mutants, Creatures & Monsters, Supernatural