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Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child (2006)

Lori Petty , Lindsay Pulsipher , William Malone  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lori Petty, Lindsay Pulsipher, Jesse Haddock, William Samples, Ian A. Wallace
  • Directors: William Malone
  • Writers: Matt Greenberg, Mick Garris
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, Bo Altherr, John W. Hyde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5M2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Director William Malone and Writer Matt Greenberg
  • "The Face Of Fear: An Interview with William Malone" featurette
  • "Working With A Master: William Malone" featurette
  • "Behind The Scenes: The Making of Fair Haired Child" featurette
  • On Set: An Interview with Jesse Haddock
  • On Set: An Interview with Lori Petty
  • On Set: An Interview with Lindsay Pulsipher
  • On Set: An Interview with William Samples
  • Scene from William Malone's first short film
  • Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • William Malone Bio
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
  • Screensaver (DVD-ROM)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Deep within the desperate hearts of the bereaved, there is a pact with the forces of darkness that demands new blood to resurrect the souls of the dead. Lori Petty ( A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and TANK GIRL) stars as a grieving mother with a remote estate, a ghastly secret, and a locked basement where abducted teen outcasts await an evil that feasts upon their virgin flesh. But to satisfy a parent’s depraved bargain, the beast must feed one final time. And tonight, the ultimate horror will begin for those who do not heed the hunger of THE FAIR HAIRED CHILD. Lindsay Pulsipher and William Samples co-star in this relentlessly creepy saga scripted by Matt Greenberg (HALLOWEEN H20, REIGN OF FIRE) and directed by William Malone that The Horror Channel calls "a perfect dark fairy tale…one of the most solid and impressive episodes to date




The ninth episode in the celebrated Masters of Horror series, The Fair Haired Child, unfortunately may have the least scare power. Director William Malone's (Feardotcom, The House on Haunted Hill) choice to cast the outcast teen, Tara (Lindsay Pulsipher), as a cute blond girl more suited to The O.C. than to horror, spoils an initial opportunity to convince the viewer of her suffering. Weak acting is the biggest detriment, however. As Tara is kidnapped and thrown into a psychotic couple's basement as a sacrifice to the Devil to bring their dead son, Johnny (Jesse Haddock), back to life, Tara's fear fails to translate into real dread. Black-and-white flashbacks of the sick married couple watching helplessly as their son drowns are equally corny. Johnny, the child zombie haunted by guilt he feels for living at the expense of others, especially Tara's, is the only interesting character. The fact that he is mute, communicating by scribbling thoughts into dirt, makes him eerily prophetic. As a character, Johnny terrifies more than the stop-motion demon who steals teens away to the netherworld. Like House of Whipcord, this story of a basement-turned-torture chamber has appeal for its archetypal plot concept, but The Fair Hair Child lacks actors who convey real angst. --Trinie Dalton

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! January 18, 2007
Wow is about all I can say, because this movie is so good it left me speechless. I watch LOTS of horror movies, read horror books, research hauntings, and even read horror comics. It takes a lot to impress me because 99 times out of 100, I've seen it before. The Fair Haired Child blew my socks off.

Not only is this movie artfully crafted and skillfully directed, the special effects are killer. Some scenes I immediately watched again, just to catch every second of the chilling graphics. The storyline is demented, twisted, and oh so evil. The acting also doesn't disappoint in the least (who doesn't love Lori Petty?) The monster of the film is grotesque and Lovecraftian. Everything here is perfection. Normally with a running time of just under an hour -in this case, 55 minutes- you might feel cheated. However, in this case, everything about the movie is so spot on you don't mind the short time. Besides, the short time means you can watch it again right away, which is what I did.

I can't recommend this movie enough. It is trite and childish to say this deserves 8 out of 5 stars, but it does. If you are a horror fan at all, please, treat yourself to a viewing of this film. You will NOT be disappointed.

Highest possible recommendations to all horror movie buffs!!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I'm not quite sure that "House on Haunted Hill" and "FeardotCom" qualified William Malone to be called a Master of Horror in the Showtime anthology series--but we'll have that debate later. Considering the uneven quality of many of the episodes, the real surprise is that Malone surpasses many of the more acclaimed directors. "The Fair-Haired Child" is definitely a solid, if not great, episode in the infuriatingly inconsistent "Masters of Horror." In fact, "Child" (considering his resume) might be Malone's most effective work yet.

The tale begins with the abduction of a young girl. Trapped by a couple, led by a gloriously deranged Lori Petty, she is locked in their basement with another child. Forming a tentative friendship with the mute boy, she eventually learns that they will be involved in some sort of ritual to bring the couple's deceased child back to life. Let's just say that they made a pact with the devil that involves child sacrifice and a rather unpleasant beastie.

The mood and atmosphere of "Child" are genuinely creepy, the performances good, and the effects are nice. The spooky ambiance and brisk pace distinguish this tale from some of the others. This certainly isn't a groundbreaking work, though. You've seen elements of this story in many other films. However, it is put together with confidence and competence. I enjoyed "The Fair-Haired Child," and would rate it at 3 1/2 star if possible. Not the best the show had to offer--but far, far, far from the worst. KGHarris, 12/06.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER FREAK IN THE BASEMENT STORY September 10, 2010
This is ANOTHER FREAK IN THE BASEMENT STORY with a twist. Tara is an outcast in her school. She is stalked, hit by a van and kidnapped. She is eventually placed in the basement and has to fight off the freak son. This is not how we want to remember Lori Petty. No bad language, sex, and very brief Polaroid nudity. Decent show, but not the best from Masters of Horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Horror - Fair Haired Child July 31, 2007
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Very good, scary and thrilling.. I was surprised at what they were able to do with such little time. You'll enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy entry from a debatable "Master of Horror" May 24, 2007
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This has turned out to be my favourite "Masters of Horror" episode. Compared to names like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Dario Argento, I was all "who's William Malone?" He did "House on Haunted Hill"? "Feardotcom"? Bah! Neither impressed me. How can Malone be a "Master of Horror"? And then he wowed me with this episode. It's demented, gripping and I'm drawn in completely to this story. I loved its twisted happy ending!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tale rooted in family values and the price of love January 30, 2007
Distraught father Anton and mother Judith (played by Lori Petty of Tank Girl fame) try to resurrect their dead son by sacrificing a young girl to a demon.

The film opens with young Tara being teased in school, riding her bike home, then getting kidnapped by a man in a van. I could only imagine the fears this scene would conjure up in any parent. After Tara wakes up, she tries to call her mom for help explaining that she has been drugged, kidnapped, and hospitalized in another state to which her mom casually replies, "Can I call you back later?" Malone directs a surprisingly restrained tale of suffering considering his previous outings included, which was oddly gratuitous and devoid of meaning. Fair-Haired Child is a touching story of a mother so heartbroken she is pushed to desperate lengths, a rebellious teen that betrays the ones that love him, and a kidnapped girl that no one notices is missing. The story is a simple one with a nice twist ending and pleasantly reminded me of the old Twilight Zone series.

The mood and atmosphere are great with many scenes set to classical music. There are black & white scenes that represent the dark doings of the parents and the little blonde girl looking up from the bloody bathtub through the hole in the basement looks like a lost Alice after falling through the rabbit hole.

On a side note, I thought it a curious gesture to add Malone to the list of "Masters of Horror". He did a few low budget creature flicks, followed by the good House on Haunted Hill remake, which was followed by the very bad. I think this TV episode is one of the highlights of his resume now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like I mention about other movies similar to this one I am a major fan of the horror genre
Published 2 months ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child
Product arrived early & in great condition however, I have not yet viewed this DVD so I can not comment on it's content or how well this DVD plays.
Published 5 months ago by Jimmy C.
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie of horror
The worst movie of horror I ever see!!Dont waste your time buying it.Not even scary.Lot of good reviews but just another fail horror story!
Published 17 months ago by Delacroix
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it. Happy birthday!!
My son was shocked when he opened his present and it had the movie sitting in front of his eyes. He loves this movie. He has played it several times. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mia Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality horror movie
This is by far the best movie of the Masters of Horror series. I've see a lot of horror movies and I really love the theme. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by Straddle1985
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror Film
I received this movie on time as promised. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for but was fun to watch. Guess I was looking for
some scary movies without the sex and blood. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Anthony J. Marzullo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much of Anything
This isn't bad. It isn't good. It just isn't much of anything. When you look at the director Malone's history, there's really nothing that sticks out as being exceptional and this... Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by Eric Sanberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a decent master of horror film
I have been disappointed by the other "Master of Horror" films. They are neither entertaining or scary. Some are just strange and confusing. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Shaun G Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fair Haired Experience

The movie is a good hour long experience to quench a little horror thirst. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Johnny Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars an eyebrow raiser
Very creepy. I liked how it actually had a good storyline and KEPT it. Plus, the monster was really creepy. Watch this one during a thunderstorm for best effect! Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by Vampire Enthusiast
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