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Masters of Horror - Right to Die (2007)

Martin Donovan , Julia Benson , Rob Schmidt  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Donovan, Julia Benson, Robin Sydney, Anna Galvin, Linda Sorenson
  • Directors: Rob Schmidt
  • Writers: John Esposito
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, Gabriel Monje, Jernej Razen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NY0YJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror - Right to Die" on IMDb

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Though one might question the legitimacy of director Rob Schmidt being named a Master of Horror after his previous effort, the odious Wrong Turn, with Right to Die he turns in a watchable episode for the horror anthology series that combines the standard hardcore gore with a dose of social commentary. Indie stalwart Martin Donovan is top-billed as a philandering dentist whose wife is left disfigured and near death after a fiery car wreck. As a debate rages between Donovan, his wife's family, and various factions of the "right to life" community, the wife's spirit wreaks gruesome vengeance on those seek to exploit her agony for their own purposes. Exceptionally gruesome at times, and well-played by Donovan and Corbin Bernsen as his shady lawyer, Right to Die is one of the more ambitious episodes from MoH's second season, and if its mix of chills and politics isn't as satisfying as Joe Dante's first season episode, Homecoming, it still aims higher than most mainstream genre efforts. The DVD includes commentary by Schmidt, featurettes on the episode and its grisly special effects, and the shooting script in DVD-ROM format. -- Paul Gaita

Product Description

Late at night on a lonely country road, Cliff Addison (Martin Donovan of THE DEAD ZONE and WEEDS) and his wife Abby are involved in a fiery car wreck that leaves Cliff unhurt and his wife hideously burned. As Abby lies comatose, kept alive only by life support, her charred spirit seeks vengeance on those who profit from her plight including a slick attorney (Corbin Bernsen). Amidst a storm of angry relatives and pushy reporters, a controversial issue is about to take a horrific turn: Even if Cliff can now find a way to keep his wife alive, will a monstrous secret condemn him to a living hell forever? Features: Also on DVD, Right to Die Script Audio Commentary featuring Rob Schmidt Burnt Offerings: Making of Right to Die Flay-O-Trish Photo Gallery, Motion Menus

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Just what qualifies someone to be called a "Master" in the horror genre? That's a question I've asked several times in the two seasons of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series. Looking at their slate of directors, there are some obvious choices--but disappointingly the undisputed "Masters" haven't necessarily turned in the best episodes of this show. Rob Schmidt is, perhaps, one of the more dubious choices to fulfill a "Masters" criteria--his most notorious horror work is the film "Wrong Turn." And while I'm sure that film has its admirers, it is ultimately just another of countless derivations of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" complete with young couples isolated in the woods being stalked by hillbilly murderers.

"Right to Die," however, is not a bad entry in the "Masters of Horror" series. In fact, it's rather solid with an unexpected and appreciated cleverness. Martin Donovan, an indie film stalwart whose deadpan delivery I have always admired, stars as the film's protagonist. Existing in a troubled marriage, Donovan's situation goes from bad to worse as a horrible car accident puts his wife in a coma. Covered in burns, unrecognizable, and not able to live without technological intervention--the episode wrestles with whether or not Donovan should humanely let her die. Oh but there's one complication, his wife's spirit is restless. Every time her heart fails, but before she is revived, her gruesome specter is on the move seeking retribution on those that have wronged her in life.

I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the traditional horror story with the "Right to Die" political debate. That's what makes this episode unique, and there is genuine humor that is mined from this topic. The horror sequences are effective enough--if somewhat familiar.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Benson aka Julia Anderson April 12, 2011
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She's the only reason (and that's reason enough) to watch this episode. Simply for the bathtub scene. Wow!

Honestly Episode is fairly good aside from her incredible performance. Other reviewers are missing something here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Right To Die" Masters Of Horror May 18, 2007
By ScottJ
"Right To Die" is an interesting and entertaining episode. Directed by Rob Schmidt, who is responsible for the suprisingly good horror movie "Wrong Turn", proves here he does have some skill. The episode doesn't try to deliver any major gore or scary suspense, but it does make you think about if someone is in a vegetative state or permanent coma, who decides if they have the right to die?

What saves this episode from being boring is the great acting from every character in the movie and the mystery that builds up towards the second half of the story about who is actually going to live and who is actually going to die.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Horror where did you go ? August 17, 2012
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I AM A TRUE Horror movie collector. I have one of the greatest collections of VHS and dvd. I always enjoy watching Masters of Horror and this one Right to Die was a "on the edge of the seat" wonder what was next. I have been watching TV all my life. It is my hobby. I can tell mostly what will happen next except for this one and there was one other movie
'Evil Dead' with Bruce Campbell. It most have made good because they made 2 sequels! Well back to Right to Die. The fx was some of the best out of this series. They did over do the sex scenes. I always say that if you can make a show that's a horror show and the writers know what they are doing you don't need sex. This was one of them They really could have added more,as I call it, sneak up scare back and forth, that's where you know it's going to happen because of the music, the slow pace and then nothing and then get ready to move on and wam! that is what does the job. Evil Dead was well known for that.
I liked the actors in Right to Die. But why did you guys stop making them? Or am I not paying attention. Well this is a 5 star and the skin donor scene was a blast!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story. May 4, 2013
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Loved the chilling idea of this movie. The production was just a notch below perfect but the acting pushed the plot forward thrillingly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very satisfying story.. April 7, 2010
first, to appreciate this film, you need to be a horror fan...

that being said, this tight 60 minute film (episode) involves a couple. The wife has just learned that hubby is having an affair. They argue about this in the car, and hubby gets distracted and runs the car off the road. He survives mostly without a scratch; however, she is badly burned as the car explodes into a fireball (I could insert a spoiler here, but won't). Afterwards, the wife lays bed-ridden and in need of a skin transplant within 12 hours or she'll die.

Without describing any more of the plot......the story is essentially a revenge tale about the dangers of adultery. There is a "right to die" issue, but this is just a sub-text to the larger theme of revenge.

There are some interesting super-natural elements in the film as well, and yes, lots of blood. Martin Donovan, Julia Benson, and Robin Sydney are just perfect in their roles, and Corbin Berson is very funny.

Well done...
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A manipulative twerp named Cliff (Martin Donovan) and his beautiful wife Abbey (Julia Anderson) have a massive car accident which leaves the wife severely burned from head to toe and in a coma. Cliff, with the advice of his conniving lawyer Ira (Corbin Bornsen), decides he would like to pull the plug on her and set in motion a law suit that will result in millions of dollars be given to her beneficiary. The victim's mother is adamant that her daughter be kept alive and sets up petitions. What develops is a tale of vengeance as the victimized woman's ghost leaves her body whenever she "flat lines", and takes revenge on those who have scorned her. Her spirit is transported back in to her body once she is artificially resuscitated and waits to seek revenge once again the minute her heart stops beating.

Directed by Rob Schmidt ("Wrong Turn"), "Right to Die" has got to be one of the most stomach churning episodes I have seen to date (I have yet to finish watching all of Season 2). The gore is excruciatingly explicit and the subject matter disturbing. The body count is not as high as one might expect but there is enough blood and burnt flesh on display to keep those gore-hounds in check and those not expecting such graphic scenes of human suffering, will be pleasantly surprised. The main reasons this episode got to me was because it displays two aspects of human anguish that really irk me. The director did not shy away from exploiting these scenes of torment and showcases them in all of their gory glory in gooey explicit detail. The make-up effects are well done as is the gore effects and the performances are up to standard particularly Donovan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
no scratches and glad to add it to my collection very good horror love movie. i am very glad i own it
Published 16 months ago by robbie mcclure
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Episode from the Master of Horror Series
Right to Die is arguably one of the best episodes from the Master of Horror series, sold separately by Amazon as a single movie, that argues for the right to die or euthanasia,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hwang
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent at best episode of MOH
Rob Schmidt is far from being a Master of Horror, but the Wrong Turn director manages to turn in a decent enough Masters of Horror episode with Right to Die. Read more
Published on March 9, 2008 by N. Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars frightful
This was my favorite episode. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I love revenge stories and this was no exception. Read more
Published on December 13, 2007 by jomama
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the first 20 minutes are very slow, after that it picks up and becomes an engaging drama. Read more
Published on December 6, 2007 by pancake_repairman
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 Hour was not Enough
So many plotholes I dare not go into them here. This being 1 hour in length there were so many scenes that raised questions which were never answered. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by S. Sommerville
3.0 out of 5 stars Lets say good, it's good
This installment of Masters of Horror was pretty good but not great. I have to say the story was pretty interesting and slightly creepy at times. Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by Jay
1.0 out of 5 stars "Masters of Horror" this ISN'T!
For anyone who appreciates a film possessing even a MINUTE amount of good story-telling, adequate research into the subjects discussed, a believable plot, adequate acting skills,... Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by Shirley Pena
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