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Stirring the Six Taled-Pot
on November 3, 2007
If you don't know about them, the Masters of Horror series are cable's version of horror movies set to hour-long themes. Sometimes they seem like The Outer Limits, sometimes The Twilight Zone, and sometimes they go into horrid realms where you expect the to play. The series here is Widescreen, a lovely thing, and collects 6 tales in this set.
If you take each and look them up, you'll see that these are all a mixed bag. That said, some of the pieces in this set are really worth exploring. The reviews on these are mixed, mind you, and this listing is more to summarize the set of movies than to records everything about them. Still, Cigarette Burns and Haeckel's Tale are good and the price is GREAT on the movies as a look. Look at them separately - even if you like a few it is a good pick.
That said, Chocolate and Dance of the Dead - I wish I could have had my time back. Shame on Mick Garris for his production and Tobe Hooper should know better.
This set has in it:
(1)Masters of Horror: Incident on and off a Mountain Road (2005)
Don Coscarelli's addition to the 1st season, with love given to the slasher side of horror in an interesting little tale of travesty. The title says a lot about the movie and it is more horror than many of the Masters of horror movies.
(2)Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House (2005)
Stuart Gordon adding in another doing what he likes to do, making an "H.P.Lovecraft Adaptation" as Miskatonic University starts the dreams of the rat-faced terror.
(3)Masters of Horror: Dance of the Dead (2005)
Tobe Hooper's story about an MC tht does something a little bit, mmm, odd.
(4)Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns (2005)
John Carpenter's shot at the 1st season, with a story about an unspeakable movie that people would die to see. I really liked this one.
(5)Masters of Horror: Chocolate (2005)
Mick Garris weaves a tale of visions that become something more in rather disappointing tale that I don't even like summarizing.
(6)Masters of Horror: Haeckel's Tale (2006)
Joe McNaughton and Clive Barker (and Romero) period piece about a man and his want to bring the dead back.
Not so much. You have interviews with all the directions, storyboards, "working with the masters" featurettes, interviews with cast and crew, and the normal bios.
Basically, its minimalism in this department.
If you like B movie horror, you can really love these tales. Some of them are better than that, and an hour is a good cut of a movie that leaves out thirty minutes of drag-time.
Basically, you have to ask what your pleasure is because only you can answer that.