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A Horror Classic from Dario Argento
on December 22, 2012
This episode from Season Two of Masters of Horror, sold separately by Amazon as a single movie, is a horror classic from Italy's Alfred Hitchcock - Dario Argento, the undisputed master of the horror genre since he launched the trilogy that propelled him into fame and popularity among Italian audiences and the world over, beginning with the movie, Suspiria, that effectively earned him wide-scale recognition internationally, and stars Meatloaf in his second on-screen appearance since Little Shop of Horror. Probably the best episode of the Horror of Masters series, Pelts will make you think twice before buying a fur coat and will most likely be loved by all animal rights activists.
The story revolves around a father and son team, bent on bashing in the skulls of coons in order to skin them for their beautiful fur which they, then, sell to Meatloaf's firm in order for them to make fur coats; only to find that the coons possess super normal powers that enable them to exact revenge on those who have killed them or utilized their fur to make coats, with each dying in just the manner in which they had harmed the coons - the son being made to bash the father's head in the same manner his father had bashed in the coons' skull, the son committing suicide, by bashing his own skull in the coons' trap in the way the coons had their skulls bashed in by his father's trap, the worker for Meatloaf ripping out his guts in the manner in which Meatloaf had made him skin the coons, another of Meatloaf's worker sewing her eyes and mouth shut in the manner she had been made to sew the coons' fur into a fur coat, and Meatloaf skinning himself in the manner he had skinned the coon; and, in so doing, to offer his skin to a model with whom he is obsessed only to find her being repulsed and being crushed by a lift shaft when she attempts to escape him in his hideous condition without his skin.
The theme revolves around the animals that have been harmed by man exacting revenge, in what constitute an outcry against using the fur of animals to make fur coats, a message that will resonate strongly among animal rights activists throughout the world and appeal to organizations such as the SPCA.