Movie Moxie’s 31 Days of Halloween – Day 29 – Masters of Horror

mastersofhorror

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: AnchorBay

MPAA Rating: R

Review Rating: 8

A two season collection of hour-long horror films made by some of the finest Masters of Horror today – John Carpenter, Eli Roth, Tim Sullivan, Wes Craven, Joe Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Mary Lambert, Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, and others.

This was an amazing series and I was always so bummed they never put out any more of them. Just two seasons and that was it. *Pout* At any rate, each story is it’s own self contained unit, there is no intro from the director or anything, following an anthology series format. The introductory theme is always the same and I always let it run, because like Dexter, it is simple and stunning and always worth a listen. The stories range from Poe to Lovecraft and everything in between, there is even a short story by one of my more favorite horror authors Bentley Little turned into the show “The Washingtonians”, and the directors really seem to relish the extra possibilities just a television show brings. Each and every show is its’ own contained little world, so one does not need to watch the shows in order, or see every single one. Though I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t, given all the talent that goes into these shows.

“Sick Girl” was the first episode I ever saw, and is still one of my favorites – a show about a shy lesbian with an obsession for exotic insects. “Haeckel’s Tale” reads like an old fashioned Grimm fairy tale, a real one, where the ending is fraught with dark magic and sheer mind-blackening terror. “We All Scream For Ice Cream” puts one in the mind of Stephen King’s IT, what with psycho killer clowns and vengeful spirits. Many more delightful and terrible gems of storytelling await you, see Masters of Horror today!

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