Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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:
Movies:
(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.

Extras -
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.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2007
If you're not a horror fan then you won't find much of interest in these Masters of Horror episodes. Limited to the One-hour format, the really interesting ones cry out for feature length treatment and those that blow make for long suffering. Overall the first season hits the mark and some really good directors get to shine.

I'd rank them up as follows:

1. Cigarette Burns. The best episode of the entire first season. John Carpenter is in full horror mode, working with an excellent script and putting his inimitable stamp on it. The gore flows here and packs a punch and the story is creepy all the way. This film in particular could have easily been stretched to feature length.

2. Haeckel's Tale. Surprisingly good period piece concerning a medical student and his interest in reviving the dead. Owes more than a bit to Michele Soavi's Dellamorte Dellamore but overall this episode is fairly atmospheric and suspenseful.

3. Incident on and off a Mountain Road. Nasty villain, cool gore scenes and a tight story with a satisfying conclusion. Fails to hit the bull's eye yet very entertaining for the most part.

4. Dreams in the Witch House. Stuart Gordon is back in H.P. Lovecraft territory. Atmospheric little flick with some nasty gore and some solid suspense, overall quite effective.

5. Chocolate. Not a bad idea but poorly executed. Henry Thomas does well in a very difficult role to pull off but in the end the material lets him down. It's not horror, not drama so you don't really know how to label it.

6. Dance of the Dead. While not a terrible idea the film doesn't work at all. Annoying fast cuts and intolerable music sink this flick and while the core idea is fairly shocking it's all for naught. Bad performances too apart from Englund who deserves better material.

The extras are extremely good with lengthy documentaries on each film, interviews, all the scripts and more. If you're interested this set is well worth buying.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2007
I bought the individual volumes 1 & 2. Combined, they have the exact same run time as the Complete Series set according to Amazon. However, the episode "Imprint" is not included in either volume. I wrote to Starz/Anchor Bay and they claim it IS on the big set. What a ripoff! It's bad enough they said they'd never release the full season in order to sucker people into buying the original individual releases. Now they pull this nonsense.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2008
Overall, I enjoyed this set less than season one volume two. Cigarette Burns had an interesting premise and a dark atmosphere. Probably my favorite. Incident on and off a mountain road was gory and suspenseful, based on a short story by Joe Lansdale, one of my favorite authors. I'm not a Lovecraft fan, so Dreams in the Witch House was so-so for me. Clive Barker's short story "Haekel's Tale" is excellent. Too bad the first twenty minutes of this episode had nothing at all to do with his original work. Bad makeup and bad acting made the rest of that episode suffer. I think the director was afraid or unable to address the topic of necromancy and/or necrophilia in a serious way and went for the campy gross out approach instead. Dance of the Dead rubbed me the wrong way for some reason, maybe because of Robert Englund's over the top performance. Finally, Chocolate, which was my least favorite episode of the season. The scenes involving the actor who portrayed Max Headroom back in the 80's as the frontman of a punk band were better left on the cutting room floor and it improve much from there. I give the set three stars on the strength of Incident on and Off a Mountain Road and Cigarette Burns.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on October 31, 2013
I loved this show when it aired on Showtime some years ago, but very dismayed when they did not bring it back after the 2nd season. A shame.This show has a great concept of bringing together some of the most influential names in horror. The shows vary from standard fare to political satire. A great set, and I recommend you purchase Volume 2 along with this one since the episodes are not in order as they were aired. Very recommended as a whole.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on October 12, 2013
If you like horror, and especially if you like anything B-movie, you will love this series. Short stories that are just fun. I enjoyed both the first and second seasons.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on March 23, 2013
Love them, price was right, delivered on time and would recommend to others that enjoy horror movies. Seeing I never had Showtime, they were all new to me.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on June 22, 2014
These are not kid friendly videos. All have scenes of violence and nudity. Being an adult and enjoying campy horror I've loved most of them completely.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on October 23, 2012
about six horror movies each one was their demons and horror in them. at the end every one will know what had happen in each movie if they live or die.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on May 9, 2013
master of horror is cheap but gets the best quality of movies,this edition is totally clean and clear.is a wonderfull job.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.