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Masters of Horror: The Damned Thing

3.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Twenty-four years ago outside a small Texas town, young Kevin Reddle watched helplessly as his oilman father brutally slaughtered his mother before being torn apart by an invisible force. Today as the county sheriff, Kevin remains haunted by memories of that night and the fear that "the damned thing" may someday return. Now as the seemingly normal citizens of Cloverdale suddenly explode in a homicidal frenzy, the one man who's uncovered the truth is about to meet his own horrific destiny.

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  • Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery, Marisa Coughlan, Brendan Fletcher, Alex Ferris, Brent Stait
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Ambrose Bierce, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Alan Somers, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UR9QXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Tobe Hooper has had one of the strangest careers in the horror genre; his Iconic reputation stems from his 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but since that his career has been very uneven. While he has directed a couple of popular movies the general conception is Chainsaw is why he is so well remembered and will be.

When you look at the era Tobe Hooper came to came a lot of filmmakers were changing the horror world as we know it and I suppose some of these guys are gonna get left in the dust. I'm not quite sure if it was the screenplays or Hooper's directing, but he never quite lived up to what many thought he would go on and become. With that said I very much do think he deserves to be a part of the Masters of Horror even if only for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The Damned Thing is a very mixed bad, but after all was said and done I felt as if this movie could have been so much more than what it was. The Damned Thing had the makings of a great horror flick, but somewhere along the course of it there are parts that just don't work well.

First up the casting here is excellent; I am a huge fan of Sean Patrick Flanery. He has this coolness he brings to every role. Even a bad movie Sean always makes the best of it and even if I dislike the movie I always walk away happy with Sean Patrick Flanery's performance. The rest of the cast all play their respected roles quite well. Ted Raimi is great even if the part is brief. Marisa Coughlan does a solid job in her role and so far all is good here.

The screenplay by Richard Christian Matheson was quite well done. I found his script for the most part well-written. The characters are interesting and have depth. While there might be some moments that drag a little bit, but overall the script was quite good.
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Tobe Hooper, the legendary director behind the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, and Salem's Lot, amde his Masters of Horror debut in the previous season with the very disappointing Dance of the Dead. Hooper returns to Masters of Horror with the first episode of the horror anthology's second season, The Damned Thing. Based on the short story by Ambrose Pierce and scripted by Hooper's Dance of the Dead screenwriter Richard Christian Matheson, The Damned Thing stars Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, Boondock Saints) as a small town sheriff tracking down a deadly force that causes people to violently kill each other, just as it did years before when it devestated his own family. While the premise is great and the talent involved is promising, The Damned Thing ends up being another disappointing installment in the Masters of Horror series from Tobe Hooper. Hooper just seems to be asleep at the wheel (and director's chair), particularly in the final third of the episode where much of the promise that has been set up gets quickly wasted. It isn't all bad though, as once again Masters of Horror offers up some very good effects work, and Flanery is good as well in the lead (he's always been underrated and under-utilized), and even Ted Raimi is here to boot as a priest. All in all, The Damned Thing is sadly another disappointing excursion from Tobe Hooper under the Masters of Horror banner, and while it does offer some good moments, there just aren't enough of them to make this episode any more memorable.
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A horrific entity plaques a family for generations, causing the town they live in to all turn crazy, killing themselves and others in terrible gruesome ways. Very good special effects especially early on in the beginning when the father dies, and his chest is ripped open and he is disemboweled. This scene may make some queasy, as my wife had a hard time watching that scene.

Casting was excellent, Raimi fulfilled his role really well as the town priest and all the actors played their characters well and nothing was ever questioned in their ability. I also thoroughly enjoyed the premise of the movie and was disappointing that it did not last longer, i feel that this particular story would have lend itself well to a full fledged horror film rather than a 60 minute episode of Moh.

This movie is a definite buy for any horror enthusiast and collector. I really enjoyed the film.
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THE DAMNED THING sort of reminded me of THE CRAZIES, w/ its small-town-goes-homicidally-insane premise. The difference, of course, is the reason behind the madness. In this story, the town sheriff (Sean Patrick Flanery) is haunted by childhood memories that are directly connected to a current rash of unexplained murders and suicides. Something is re-occurring that, it appears, will not stop until everyone is dead. Director Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, 'SALEM'S LOT, POLTERGEIST, THE TOOLBOX MURDERS) has fashioned a creepy, gory tale w/ plenty of ghoulish atmosphere. The oily finale isn't bad, since the less we see of the monster the better...
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This movie was okay but I was a little disappointed in the way it ended. We all want there to be a hero at the end a person
that beats out the evil, but in this movie that didn't happen. At the end when you think the Damned thing has been beaten
by the father, the unthinkable happens. It has great computer graphics and special effects. It's an okay movie, but I personally was disappointed. I would recommend this movie, because some people would probably enjoy it more than I did.
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