Masters of Horror

Season 1 Episode 5

Chocolate

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Aired Friday 12:00 AM Nov 25, 2005 on Showtime
5.8
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Episode Summary

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A man named Jamie who works in a food laboratory of a company eats a sample of the chocolate produced but somehow becomes physically connected to a women he has never met and falls in love with her. However, he is shocked when he 'sees' her killing her lover.moreless

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  • Eating someone else's...

    8.4
    Chocolate was one of the better episodes in the series because it conveyed much emotions like Imprint. Henry Thomas was the best actor in the story where a recently divorced man begins to experience the sights, sounds and emotions of a beautiful Canadian woman whom he has never known until he search leads him to search for his mystery mate.



    I like Mick Garris' stories and this was the best of them so far. It would be hard to imagine feeling everything that another woman feels especially since it always seem to happen at very inconvient times. This episode was great though maybe not as good as other episodes.moreless
  • Just a rehash of an old movie.

    1.0
    This episode looks bad despite the excellent performance of Henry Thomas and Matt Frewer. The scenes were directed well and this story felt like a full story compared to the other master of horror episodes. But this one still falls flat on the plot. It looks like it came from an old movie and readapted for tv. The makers of this episode should have taken the genre to another level, yet they made it look cheap. Perhaps we can blame the low budget for this cheaply looking episode. They could have used the excellent actors to their advantage but they didn't write a script good enough to watch.moreless
  • Body swappage

    8.6
    ‘Chocolate’ is a little of an improvement in storylines but still doesn’t entire feel perfect, mostly because of the unnecessary use of nudity and some cheesy scenes that could have easily been cut out. The episode also seems to be going on till forever, but at least it doesn’t completely suck and leaves you with a shy- but yet a little satisfied feeling.



    The episode is about a guy that can feel and hear and taste and even see everything a woman does, he begins by tasting her chocolate, then slowly begins to hear her champagne and eventually feel her having sex with another man, so statically he’s having sex with that other male as well.



    The guy tells the cop this story and how he eventually turned out to kill the woman he loved. There is a whole bunch of this episode that felt unnecessary, for example meeting that girl that eventually leaves him, his kid and wife that only got two scenes and never developed or heard from again, and his crazy friend and the concert at first that didn’t really add anything to the storyline.





    But the thing that makes this episode interesting is that it’s different from the rest, hardly even horror. The guy witnessed the woman he so fell inlove with killing another man, a man that tried to kill her, she stabs him in the stomach and cuts him open and feels the blood steaming down his arms. After that he stops having the visions but decides to look her up, she thinks he’s some crazy stalker until he tells her that he knows about the guy she murdered and the chocolate.



    At the end she tries to kill him because she thinks he’s a spy but he ends up killing her for self defence. The whole body switching thing really makes this episode memorable, even though the script was pretty weak. ‘Chocolate’ is far from being a masterpiece but it is enjoyable if you open your mind and really pay attention.moreless
  • Not nearly as sick as Jenifer but its a well plotted and well acted piece

    8.8
    Mick Garris isn't as well recognised as say Tobe Hooper or John Carpenter but Masters was hid idea. Anyway Chocolate is well plotted, in fact the basis of Chocolate's ability to scare you revolves around its strange hallucenegenic plot. Its totally bizarre, and cliched in places but I really enjoyed this episode (not only because it has a hot girl in it) the plot is what drives this episode, and its unexpected events give you exactly what you need to make you jump in fear. This is why I love Masters of horror, there's no holding back in trying to scare you (but that was Jenifer's failing, there were no limits) but with chocolate there are boundries but it can scare you well.moreless
  • 4.0
    This episode was very average. There was a lack of bloodshed. The pyschological element of the movie was also pretty weak with the connection between the main character and the canadian never seeming real or having many emotional ties.



    The dialect also seemed stiltied and confused, it rarely flowed freely and meant that staying engaged in the storyline was hard.



    The episode was watchable though, due to the need for a conclusion. This episode may have been better in a master of thrillers series.



    The episode, overall, was okay but okay does not make masters of horror. With this and the third episode being less than my expectations I was worried when it came to watching furthur episodes.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the episode, Jamie looks over a (scribbled out) copy of Stephen King's novel Desperation. Mick Garris, the director of this episode, directed the TV adaptation of the novel. Henry Thomas, who portrayed Jamie in this film, also acted in Desperation.

    • When Jamie goes and sees Catherine for the first time, he opens a glass pane door to her apartment. A camerman can be seen reflected in it.

    • The book Jamie looks at as he settles down to sleep is Stephen King's ' Desperation'. Mick Garris, director of this episode, is also director for the mini series based on the book that is set to air on network TV in 2006.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mick Garris previously directed both Matt Frewer and Henry Thomas in previous projects, working with Thomas on the TV movie Psycho IV: The Beginning, Matt Frewer in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand and the TV-movie Quicksilver Highway, and prior to directing them together in Chocolate, worked with both of them on the tv movie adaptation of Stephen King's Desperation.

    • This episode is based on a short story by Mick Garris. The short story was first published in the anthology Hot Blood and later published in Garris' short story collection A Life in the Cinema.

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