Masters of Horror: Season 2 Box Set
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Ok, unlike the other reviewers I have no asthetic gripes with this packaging. I always take the DVDs out of wierd packaging and put them in something that fits the shelf anyway. However, I received this set yesterday, and it just made me sad. The DVDs are floating around completely unprotected inside the "skull" which means every single one of them is scratched. A few of them are badly scratched all over, while ALL of them have circular scratches (typically the worst kind of scratches) around the the entire outer half-inch or so of the disc. Additionally, instead of including all of the individual episode discs like the last box set, some of the discs are double sided with an episode on each side! Why? So the manufacturer could cut some more corners on an already horribly put together set?
I foolishly assumed that, as with the season one set, this box would contain someting extra that was not available in the individual episode DVDs. It does not. So, if you have the individual episode DVDs, I would recommend sticking with those. However, if you don't mind spending way too much money for a pile of pre-scratched, dual-sided DVDs then this box set is the way to go. Not only do you not get anything extra, you get something far, far less for your money this time around. Shame on you Anchor Bay. I hope everyone returns these as I plan to do.
Episode #: 1
Title: "The Damned Thing"
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Marisa Coughlan, Ted Raimi, Brendan Fletcher
Summary: A mysterious force sends a town into a murderous rage, and only the sheriff, whose parents were killed by the same force years ago, can stop it. Based on an Ambrose Bierce story.
Episode #: 2
Director: John Landis
Stars: George Wendt, Meredith Monroe, Matt Keeslar
Summary: A young couple moves into their idyllic suburban home, but their seemingly normal next door neighbor turns out to be a serial killer who takes a liking to the wife.
Episode #: 3
Title: "The V Word"
Director: Ernest Dickerson (Demon Knight, Bones)
Stars: Branden Nadon, Arjay Smith, Michael Ironside
Summary: A couple of video game geeks discover that a vampire is haunting the local funeral home.
Episode #: 4
Title: "Sounds Like"
Director: Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist)
Stars: Chris Bauer, Laura Margolis, Richard Kahan, Michael Daingerfield
Summary: A man's hearing mysteriously begins to intensify until even the smallest sound becomes painful, so he must take extreme measures to ease his torment.Read more ›
Anyway, this is the long awaited boxed set of the second season of Showtime's phenomenal horror series. Done in the style of Tales from the crypt, but with much better stories and less cheese. Some of the stories were downright gory and some had great horror style twists. A must own for any horror fan.
"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.Read more ›
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Some are bad, some are good. A lot are just an excuse for gratuitous nudity. And the ones based on an actual author's story are usually changed around so much it has nothing to do... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas Hanson
I purchased Episode 11 for my students to watch after reading Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat," and they absolutely loved it (except when I skipped the brief scene in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather R
Best and first ever of wonderfullying scary idea that has spawned all horror shows to this day.Published 3 months ago by Evelyn
Top of line on horror tactics, storyline, pace, gore and crazy ass s***. Wow, I love it! My all time favorite is "JENIFER".Published 3 months ago by Sandra A. Cannida
Not very good, filthy language and sex instead of horror. A couple of good bits and then they lost it.Published 3 months ago by chops
Found Mick Garris through the Stephen King works. The Masters Of Horror was not disappointing and worth having in any collection.Published 4 months ago by CDDoyle
Used to love this series. The storylines are very interesting. I just wish some of the quality was a bit better. Still a good series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brittany