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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, creepy, CGI-free horror story!, November 9, 2011
This review is from: Masters of Horror - Stuart Gordon - Dreams in the Witch House (DVD)
Soon after student Walter Gilman moves into a low-rent boarding house and makes friends with a lovely, single mother in the same building, he begins to be plagued by nightmares of an old witch and her familiar, a hideous, rat-like creature with a human face. The demonic entities gradually egg him on to do evil deeds, their ultimate goal being the sacrifice of the infant son of Walter's neighbor.

"Dreams in the Witch House" was the second episode of Showtime's horror anthology series "Masters of Horror", this one helmed by "Re-Animator" director Stuart Gordon. While I, personally, love horror anthology shows and movies, I admit that I have never had the pleasure of watching this program regularly before. I did catch bits and pieces at a friend's house from time to time, and my reaction was mixed. However, "Dreams in the Witch House" was my first time really sitting to watch a full episode (or maybe my second), which, at just under an hour, manages to feel like watching a feature film (not necessarily in a bad way). I have to say, I was very pleased with this one. Stuart Gordon's creepy Lovecraft adaptations, excellent casting, and practical effects continue to entertain and enthrall. Of course, you'll find mixed reactions from real, hardcore Lovecraft fanatics, but if you're just a horror fan with only a light knowledge of Lovecraft, what you'll find here is an entertaining and creepy story that doesn't wimp out on the ending and contains an ugly rat-creature whom you won`t soon forget.

The DVD is pretty impressive, even if I don't like the idea of single episode releases for TV shows (it's kind of acceptable in this case, as they are approximately an hour long and the series is probably a mixed bag). Besides the anamorphic picture and collectible card, there are a ton of bonus features: trailers, galleries, featurettes, and even a great commentary with Gordon and star Ezra Godden. One of the featurettes is a look back at Stuart Gordon's career with interviews from some of his best loved stars (yeah, I'm talking Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree, and the scrumdiddlyumptious Barbara Crampton). It's a real treat!
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2011 8:38:52 AM PST
John Lindsey says:
Cool episode wasn't it? Crampton is such a sexy chick. This is one of the better Lovecraft adaptations and that redhead milf was fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 4:26:16 PM PST
MILFs aren't my thing so much, but she wasn't bad. And, yeah, Crampton was a great example of one of my favorite "types" back in "Re-Animator" and "The Beyond". Pretty perfect.
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