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Masters of Horror: The V Word

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Editorial Reviews

For two geeky best friends who ve only experienced
carnage via their video games, it s the ultimate late
night dare: Ever seen a real dead guy? But when the
pair breaks into a creepy local mortuary, they unleash a ferocious ghoul (Michael Ironside of SCANNERS and STARSHIP TROOPERS) who s hungry to share a few depraved urges of his own. Even if these pals-forlife can resist a violent suburban blood-spree, is there any peer pressure more horrific than that of the undead? Jodelle Ferland of SILENT HILL co-stars in this grisly twist on teenage vampirism written by series creator Mick Garris.

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  • Actors: Jodelle Ferland, Arjay Smith, Branden Nadon, Michael Ironside
  • Directors: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • 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: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC38FU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two friends and video game geeks, Gary and Justin (Arjay Smith and Branden Nadon respectively) foolishly break into a mortuary late at night seeking cheap thrills only to come face to face with ...gulp...Michael Ironside who is creepy enough but in this case, he is portraying a ferocious, blood-thirsty vampire (are there any other kind?) who is in desperate need of a wet-nap. This bloody little film was directed by Ernest R. Dickerson and it delivers the gory goods but lacks any real surprises. It does deviate a bit from the usual vampire fare in that these blood-hounds do not simply bite to suck your blood, they pretty much have to rip your throat out to drink since they lack elongated fangs leaving a gooey, ghastly mess. This gives the talented make-up effects crew the opportunity to create some very convincing gore effects which should not disappoint. Another plus is having Michael Ironside as the head vampire. The man's menacing presence is perfectly suited for the genre and he turns in a rather amusing performance. In this day and age, as we're living under the shadow of the "Twilight" saga, "True Blood" and even "Buffy" and "Angel", it is refreshing indeed to finally see a vampire that conveys chills upon viewing and doesn't look like he leaped out of a GQ pictorial. The two young male leads are also good. Especially Nadon, whose character remains consistent and once bitten, tries desperately to fight off the infection that has consumed his friend.

Since vampire themed films have been done to death, (they are literally everywhere nowadays), there really is nothing left to convey. It has all been done before so this installment has very few to no surprises. However there is a lot of blood on display and this alone is reason enough to recommend it in my opinion.
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Two teens who are addicted to violent video games (wooaaah! So topical!) stumble into a creepy funeral home and bite off more than they can chew. Har har har. Seriously though, this is probably the worst Masters of Horror episode since Haeckel's Tale.

It started out kinda interesting; admittedly it was a little corny, but it was also sorta spooky in an old-fashioned way. However, everything just went downhill after the funeral home. Mostly because no one acted or reacted to anything like human beings. And I don't care that most of the characters were vampires at that point. From the police not responding to a call about MURDER, to the mom being so oblivious that something was obviously very wrong with her son. And of course, the giant bloodstain on the carpet. Seriously, how can you mistake something like that for soda?

Michael Ironside was entertaining enough as the head vampire, but what did him being the boys' former teacher or a pedophile add to the story? We learn this useless information about him, but don't get any actual clues to his origin or his motivations, other than drink blood and be weirdly invested in siring two twerpy kids (MAYBE that's why there's the pedo-backstory? It's still painfully stupid). The very last seen with Kary on the bus was hysterically bad, however. The lines were so cheesy and predictable, I was actually laughing pretty hard. I guess this episode could be funny-bad if your sauced enough, but it's dreadfully boring up until the last few minutes and the otherwise competent first act. It's not worth owning or paying money for. If you're interested some good entries in the MoH series, check out "Family", "Deer Woman", "Cigarette Burns", or "Screwfly Solution."
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For those who do not have the dvd and only seen this on Showtime, I can clear up some of your complaints about this episode.

In the director/writer commentary, a major story issue was revealed. When this story was being developed the two teens (nowhere in this episode was it stated that they were in college) were originally young boys between the ages 8-13. That was changed due to how much work and overtime this episoe required and child labor laws would have made that impossible to do with kids.

This was suppose to be a story about two boys that were pretty much geeks (or in Arjay Smith's character, Kerry, case a white geek dipped in chocolate). To a certain point that worked and didn't work. It took liberty with some of the things vampires do and rewrote the one thing they did-bite people. Instead they just rip necks and leave a open gap that doesn't heal or keep water down.

It should have focused more on Kerry since it was implied that he came from a worst home life than Justin. While Kerry was forced to accept becoming a vampire, Justin fought it to the very end. Ironside was the comic relief and the "father" figure that both boys lacked.

The ending flat out screams a sequel or a crossover with Angel, Buffy, Blade the Vampire Hunter, Morbius or Dracula.
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As much as I loved Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight, I wouldn't call Ernest Dickerson a "master of horror". Then again, when you get right down to it, other than John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Takishi Miike, John Landis, Tobe Hooper (who is a shell of his former self), and maybe Lucky McKee (the guy's got talent), I wouldn't call many of the directors of Mick Garris' Masters of Horror series masters of the genre either. All that aside, The V Word is a pretty fun and bloody vampire tale, featuring the always great Michael Ironside as a powerful vamp discovered by two friends (Arjay Smith, Branden Nadon) who decide to break into a mortuary. The story, scripted by Garris himself, is actually pretty fun and Dickerson's direction is energetic and atmospheric as well. The gore effects from industry legends Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger are nicely done as well, and Ironside himself is a scene stealer. The only real downsides to The V Word is that while it is enjoyable, there isn't anything really special about it either. It's not very suspenseful, and is kind of slow moving in the beginning, but wraps up nicely in the end. All in all, The V Word is a solid episode of the second season of Masters of Horror, and while Ernest Dickerson is no master of the genre, he's not a novice to it either.
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