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Masters Of Horror – Season One (2005/Anchor Bay/Starz DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Episodes: C



Pulling together all the episodes from the very long first season of the overrated Masters Of Horror series, Anchor Bay has nicely boxed the unlucky 13 episodes in a fancy box (with the DVDs in paperboard sleeves) and we had previously suffered through most of them, as the links to most of the episodes below will show.  Nevertheless, the show was popular enough to continue and what few we did not cover, we’ll offer brief descriptions of:


Chocolate (Mick Garris)


Cigarette Burns (John Carpenter)

Potentially amusing tale of projectionist looking for rare film print that can drive audiences in madness is too self-amused to work, even with Udo Kier’s presence, stretching out Carpenter’s long dry spell.


Dance Of The Dead (Tobe Hooper)

Post-apocalyptic setting throws more zombies at us, this time adapted by Richard Christian Matheson from his father’s Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, Night Stalker) original story.  That should make it one of the best entries in this set, but Hooper tries to turn it into another hip Music Video-styled mess and the source material is trashed.  So are we the viewers.


Deer Woman (John Landis)



Dreams In The Witch-House (Stuart Gordon)

Potential interesting tale from the director of the ever-formidable Re-Animator (reviewed elsewhere on this site) about a young man haunted by supernatural images when he moves into a classy New England rental, but we have seen this done better in Brian Clemens’ British series Thriller.


The Fair-Haired Child (William Malone)



Haeckel’s Tale (James McNaughton)



Homecoming (Joe Dante)



Imprint (Takashi Miike)



Incident On & Off A Mountain Road (Don Coscarelli)



Jenifer (Dario Argento)

An average at best dark comedy (adapted from a comic book) about the title woman who is about to be killed by one man, when she is saved by another (Stephen Webber) until he discovers what is wrong with her to begin with.  She goes from seductress to semi-succubus, while the script just languishes.


Pick Me Up (Larry Cohen)

The most underrated director on this list, as well as one of the most talented and who is still having hits, involves two serial killers and a hitchhiker caught in the middle.  With out a doubt, it is the only episode here worthy of all the hype and is so good in comparison, it feels like it comes from another series.  Fairuza Balk and Michael Moriarty star.


Sick Girl (Lucky McKee)




All are anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 images from HD shoots and in most cases, softer than they should be.  Exceptions are noted in other reviews.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes are usually better than the 2.0 Stereo ones, but some duds still exist.  They all have the same cloned extras, from commentaries, to featurettes, to interviews and DVD-ROM features.  A Bonus DVD exclusive to this set adds Garris interviews with John Boorman (for Zardoz) and Steven Spielberg (for Close Encounters) in old archival video footage, DGA Panel discussion and Masters Of Horror Dinner Discussion, which is more imaginative than what most of the discs offer here on their own.


If you want to see the series at its best, we instead recommend The Washingtonians and Sounds Like… as covered in this review instead:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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