Masters of Horror

Season 1 Episode 2

Dreams in the Witch House

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Nov 04, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Walter Gilman, a college student, rents a loft in a building in the New England town of Arkham. While studying inter dimensional string theory at college he is haunted by nightmares of a 17th-century witch and her rat with a human face. He must prevent the death of his neighbour’s baby at the hands of these forces while it’s possible he could become the murderer himself.moreless

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  • Nightmares in screen...

    Dreams in the Witch House was an alright episode in the Masters of Horror first season but I wasn't entirely impressed with this film. I like Stuart Gordon's works but this wasn't one of my personal favorites. Some aspects of this episode that I liked were the story plot which consisted of the student who finds himself the target of a witch and her demonic ritual in order to extend her own existence for another time. The rat Brown Jenkins was also good on some parts such as the acting but I would have crushed that little freak. Anyway, this episode was good.moreless
  • nothing special.

    this episode is so weird. the way the scenes were directed were pretty good, but the story lacks watchability. it seems promising with the anticipation, but when the weird stuff comes, it's just plain weird, nothing nice comes out of it. the acting of the main character was really good, sadly, the plot wasn't good enough to make use of all that good acting. at the end, it feels like this is a wasted 1 hour. despite the great special effects of the episode, the story wasn't as impressive. it's so weird, it feels like a whole hour went by and nothing significant happened.moreless
  • Witches, rats and just bloody fun.

    ‘Dreams in the witch house’ was a very exiting second episode, very strange yet funny and gory. Just a very fun episode and managed to impress me more than the pilot. It puts infront what this show can be, not only gory, but also silly and fun.

    The episode is about a guy moving into a weird house, there seems to be something in the wall of his new room. The guy studies other dimensions and portals and seems to be very smart. He soon meets his neighbour who has a little baby, they both are being attacked by a rat so he tries to keep it away from them. He and the woman soon start to like each other and quickly build a crush.

    When the guy goes back to sleep he sees the same rat with a face, just like an old man who is also living in the building told him. The old guy also told him that there is a witch that will be trying to come after him.

    The next day she makes him stay to watch over the baby but he falls asleep and dreams of having sex with her, but soon she turns into an old corpse and he wakes up in his own room. Soon to hear the baby crying exactly at the time the mother comes home. She said she was going to stay away for an hour, it looked more like hours. He begins to feel strange and when he goes to bed once again he suddenly appears at a library where he reads a book about having to kill a child. When he had sex with that woman she marked his back which will make him her man forever.

    When he gets back home he knows that he has to do something about it and steps into the walls, he comes across the witch and kills her, he saves the baby but back at his room he gets bitten to death by the rat. When the police arrives they find the baby dead in his arms and gets taken to a crazy house. He tells the story to the psychiatrist but they don’t believe him. That is until he gets a visit from the rat which kills him by cutting into this body until he bleeds to death.

    The episode was quite humorous, I liked the rat although I wish it would have died. The acting was very convincing and the weird portal things were fun and excellent. The episode ended very dark with the baby dead and he bleeding to death, also that old man hanging himself. This show is definitely not the typical kinds of shows, it’s darker than some horror movies. But yet, very fun. Although this episode wasn’t perfect, it managed to impress me a lot in a way that I hope the rest of the show will.moreless
  • How this was rated 15 in the uk is beyond me

    Seriously this episode is sick as. I like the little omage to the shining Stuart Gordon put in there when Walter's having sex with witch and she turns into a screaming corpse, nicely done.

    Anywho onto the episode itself, very weird, but thats good, I like weird. Its not a bad thing when during most of an episode all you can think is "WTF??" although some effects in this aren't so belivable (the rat for instance was sorta like speedy Gonzales, well it sounded like him) but this is how gore is supposed to be done I guess.

    Is it scary? Hell yeah but I kind of find it harder to like the style of this episode than say cigarette Burns, it moves a bit too quickly.moreless
  • An interesting version of H.P. Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch-house".

    Okay, so it isn't the most original or riveting episode of Masters of Horror, but I still enjoyed it. This episode, like many of Lovecrafts stories, plays more on atmosphere than plot. There are different ways to look at it. There are some moments that make you jump, some moments that make you shocked, and the acting is very well done. This episode is not for everyone, but if you like H.P. Lovecraft or Stuart Gordon, this one is worth a look. The DVD of this episode contains great extras concerning the director, the story, the actors, and the effects.moreless

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