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DVD Features:Widescreen Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs,AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR JOHN MCNAUGHTON,BEHIND THE SCENES: THE MAKING OF HAECKEL'S TALE,BREAKING TABOOS: AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN MCNAUGHTON,DVD-ROM: SCREEN SAVER,DVD-ROM: SCREENPLAY,JOHN MCNAUGHTON BIO,ON SET: AN INTERVIEW WITH DEREK CECIL,ON SET: AN INTERVIEW WITH JON POLITO,ON SET: AN INTERVIEW WITH LEELA SAVASTA,SCRIPT TO SCREEN: HAECKEL'S TALE,STILL GALLERY,STORYBOARD GALLERY,TRAILERS,WORKING WITH A MASTER: JOHN MCNAUGHTON
In an interview featured on the disc, McNaughton mentions the lush visuals and melodramatic tone of Hammer Films and American International Pictures as major influences on his approach to Haeckel's Tale, and both are evident in the hothouse sexuality and wonderfully overripe performances (particularly by character actor Jon Polito as a traveling magician). Of course, the gore also flows quite freely here, and the zombie makeup by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger is typically top-notch. An above-average entry from the hit-and-miss Masters series, Haeckel's Tale delivers shivers and sensuality with a wry smile and a tip of the cranium to its '60s horror forebears. The DVD includes interview featurettes with McNaughton (which covers his career to date), Cecil, Polito, and Savasta; McNaughton also provides commentary for the episode, and is discussed at length by his Haeckel's cast as well as Michael Rooker and Tom Towles from Henry. A behind-the-scenes glimpse, storyboard gallery, and the original screenplay (accessible with DVD-ROM) round out the three hours of extras. -- Paul Gaita
Buy Haeckle's Tale only if you're completing your set, but don't expect to be scared or overly entertained.
So in loving all the rest of the Masters of horror movies, and being a HUGE fan of clive barkers... this was a pretty easy decision to pick this up.
The story gradually builds up the dreads and disturbing images but never anything that will put a genuine heart-stopping scare on the viewer.
As usual this movie deserve exactly 3.4 stars so I have to go
with Three stars. This one is a particular goodie. Read more
This is a tale that will keep your tail at the edge of you seat. I really enjoyed this part of the Masers of Horror collection.Published 9 months ago by Man of God
A young scientist who wants to raise the dead is plunged into a dark world of eroticism and necromancy. And for some reason, the scientist is Ernst Haeckel. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Aodhan C
Haeckel's Tale is without a doubt the best episode from Season One of the Masters of Horror series, sold by Amazon separately as a single movie, featuring a tale from the mind of... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Hwang
Easy film to review. If you are not into a necrophilia orgy, look somewhere else.
No f-bombs. sex, nudity (Leela Savasta).
Masters of Horror: John McNaughton: Haeckel's Tale: 7 out of 10: Can one justify seeing a rather pedestrian one hour episode simply because a gorgeous woman has one of the most... Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Julian Kennedy
No one writes erotic horror like Clive Barker! This is well acted, directed and does the original story true honors. Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by Truth Sith Advisor
Take one part Jane Austen then mix with one part Mary Shelly and add a lot of George Romero and you got a very strange and weird little mix of love sex and death. Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by George W. Clonts Jr.
Based on a Clive Barker story and originally slated to be directed by George Romero, Haeckel's Tale ended up being helmed by Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John... Read morePublished on September 26, 2008 by N. Durham