Saturday, January 9, 2010
Masters of Horror: A Retrospective (Season 1, Part 1)
- Produce hard-core, uncut horror along the lines of those shown in theaters, but in one-hour formats
- Have these shorts directed by the Cream of the Cream in horror directors
With the likes of John Landis, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, and Tobe Hooper coming aboard, expectations were high.
My verdict overall is a solid 6 out of 10. Some episodes were disturbing. Some were silly (as in ridiculous). And some were... well...
Starting today, I'll be hitting both seasons with quick blurbs and a short 'yea' or 'nay'. So if you've never had the chance to view any of these little gems, you might want to check out those that interest you. However, I must add that these shows ran just short of an hour, so you might feel short-changed in paying full video rental price for them.
directed by Don Coscarelli
"A young woman matches wits with a deformed and sadistic serial killer on and off a remote mountain road."
My take: A terrific start to the series. Think "Hills Have Eyes" out in the middle of the mountains. This one doesn't give you a moment to breathe.
H. P. LOVECRAFT'S DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE
directed by Stuart Gordon
"A college student renting an old room in a boarding house discovers a plot by sinister, otherworldly forces to sacrifice his neighbour's infant."
My take: I tried to like this one, but it was too rambling and too confusing to follow.
directed by Tobe Hooper
"A teen girl living in a post-apocalyptic village befriends a group of rough punks who hang out at a sinister bar which reanimated corpses dance on stage."
My take: A very sick episode once you think about it. A dark futuristic tale that doesn't leave you with any warm fuzzies. I didn't see the ending coming.