Masters of Horror

Season 2 Episode 12

The Washingtonians

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 26, 2007 on Showtime
out of 10
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Episode Summary


After his grandmother's funeral, Mike finds an artifact in her basement could re-write the history of our nation. There are clues that suggest George Washington was in fact a cannibal, Mike must protect his family and escape from a band of Washingtonians, hungry for human flesh and willing to protect Washington's secrets.


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  • Who knew eating meat made you stupid?

    The problem isn't the vague political commentary, which is pretty minimal. It's anti-meat message is stronger.

    The problem is there isn't really much to care about here. Mike and his family have minimal personality or background: anybody know what they do for a living or who they are? Why does Mike care so much about seeing the true history come out? Why is it more important to him then his family's safety? Who knows? Who cares?

    And isn't it convenient that Mike just happens to know Harkinson, apparently the only person who can perfectly explain the Washingtonians, wants to help, and knows who to contact to get a SWAT team to come in and shoot the bad guys.

    Part of the problem is that the director/writers don't know if they're aiming for suspense or comedy. Some of the early scenes with the Washingtonians, decapitating their victim, and outside Amy's window, are fairly creepy. Unfortunately, then the bad guys go blatantly over the top, pounding on the door and drooling around their wooden teeth. Why do these people go out in public dressed this way? How the heck do they maintain a secret society when they go out in public dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers every time someone finds a letter or a femur-fork?

    Stripped of Little's original ending, the conclusion doesn't make a lot of sense: how does Harkinson find the feasting lodge? If he knew where it was, why has he been waiting all this time to call down an attack on it? Harkinson is just a deus ex mechina for what's basically a shaggy dog joke. Oh well.moreless
  • A good episode. Other reviewers are giving this one low marks simply because they dont like seeing people commenting on the current administration. This was not the purpose of the episode or the story is was based on.moreless

    Just for the record, The Washingtonians is based on a short story by Bentley Little. A short story that PREDATES the bush administration. Don't give this, or any other episode, a bad review just because you think its targeting the current administration. It is impossible that the original story, which this episode follows well, was commenting on George Bush. If you are seeing parrelels than its the fault of the current administration for creating a situation that ends up mimicking fiction. I enjoyed this episode a lot. Come on people, a cannibal washingtion. You should check out the original to.moreless
  • probably my favorite episode

    this is definetly one of my favorite episodes. theres just some kind of allure to it. i mean its got just a completely joke ending, an awesomely hilarious cameo by Saul Rubinek, people getting eaten, conspiracy... muwhahaha i loved it.

    -the rest is just filler-

    how come no one ever checks behind George Washington's picture? there is always something hidden behind it. what better way to store a secret then behind a painting.

    anyway there was some great acting by the creepy old guy Sam, hes just so great in horror tales. i think he may have been in an episode of tales from the crypt or somthing...moreless
  • creepy

    I thought the story about george washington being a cannibal was great. The episode was well written and shot very well. It had many creepy parts and visuals such as the art work and the flashback scenes. I had a fear of old people when i was little because I thought they wanted to eat me so this one really struck a nerve. This was my favourie episode of the second series and i hope they continue on in this direction. The rescue scene at the end was kind of stupid but other than that it was an original horror masterpiece.moreless
  • huh?

    this would have been bearable if not for the fact that the ending of the show was COMPLETELY different than the short story it was based on. i realize that it may have been a loose interpretation however, they sacrificed a truly great and darkly humorous ending in order to put in a jab at the government? this is why i don't watch this often. i just so happen to love Bentley Little. he would be ashamed. and if he gave them the go ahead to do this episode, i hope he is. ashamed, that is.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When one of the Washingtonians raps on Amy's window, she raises the blinds to see him clearer. He bares his teeth at her, and she backs away from the window screaming. In the next shot, as her parents rush into the bedroom, the blinds are down.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Pam: No way. George Washington was the father of our country. I mean, he chopped up cherry trees, not the arms and legs of children.

    • Harkinson: Historians aren't interested in the truth. They're not interested in fact, they're not interested in teaching people what actually happened. No, they're far more concerned in perpetuating the lies they were sworn to defend. Very much like politicians, in that regard.

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