Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror is an American anthology television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.

Masters of Horror
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The poster of Masters of Horror series
GenreHorror
Thriller
Created byMick Garris
Country of originUnited States
Canada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Mick Garris, Andrew Deane, Keith Addis
Producer(s)Adam Goldworm, Ben Browning
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Industry Entertainment
Nice Guy Productions
Reunion Pictures
Starz Productions
Showtime Networks
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseOctober 28, 2005 –
February 2, 2007
External links
Website

Origin

In 2002, director Mick Garris invited some director friends to an informal dinner at a restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California. The original ten "masters" attending were John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Don Coscarelli, Joe Dante, Guillermo Del Toro, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Bill Malone, and Garris himself. The dinner was an extremely satisfying experience for the directors: a welcome night of camaraderie, humor and mutual admiration of one another's work. Del Toro coined the name of the group in jest when he told a nearby diner celebrating her birthday that the "Masters of Horror" wished her a happy birthday.

Subsequently, Garris organized regular dinners with the group and invited other horror and genre directors to attend, including Dario Argento, Eli Roth, David Cronenberg, Tim Sullivan, Rob Zombie, Bryan Singer, Fred Dekker, William Lustig, Lucky McKee, Ernest Dickerson, Katt Shea, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, James Gunn, Mary Lambert, Tom Holland, Peter Medak, Ti West, Lloyd Kaufman, and others.

In 2005, Garris created and produced an original anthology television series of one-hour movies, written and directed by many of the "masters," which was originally broadcast in the U.S. on the Showtime cable network. In several international territories, the films were released theatrically.

The series debuted to excellent reviews in the U.S. on October 28, 2005 with the premiere episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," co-written and directed by Don Coscarelli, based on the short story by Joe R. Lansdale. New episodes premiered every Friday at 10 p.m. EST throughout the series' two seasons. The show followed an anthology series format, with each episode featuring a one-hour film directed by a well-known horror film director. In 2009, Chiller began airing the show on their Sunday evening line-up of shows, and in 2010, Reelz Channel began airing episodes of Masters of Horror edited (despite keeping its TV-MA rating) and with commercials.[1]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113October 28, 2005February 25, 2006
213October 27, 2006February 2, 2007

Episodes

Season 1 (2005–06)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Incident On and Off a Mountain Road"Don CoscarelliShort Story by: Joe R. Lansdale
Teleplay by: Don Coscarelli & Stephen Romano
October 28, 2005
A young woman matches wits with a deformed and sadistic serial killer on and off a remote mountain road. Based on the short story by Joe R. Lansdale
22"H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House"Stuart GordonShort Story by: H. P. Lovecraft
Teleplay by: Dennis Paoli & Stuart Gordon
November 4, 2005
A college student renting an old room in a boarding house discovers a plot by sinister, otherworldly forces to sacrifice his neighbour's infant. Based on the short story by H. P. Lovecraft
33"Dance of the Dead"Tobe HooperShort Story by: Richard Matheson
Teleplay by: Richard Christian Matheson
November 11, 2005
A teenage girl living in a post-apocalyptic village befriends a group of rough punks who hang out at a sinister bar where reanimated corpses dance on stage.
44"Jenifer"Dario ArgentoShort Story by: Bruce Jones
Teleplay by: Steven Weber
November 18, 2005
A police officer saves the life of a hideously deformed young woman, only to find himself drawn into a web of murder and self-destruction from which he finds it hard to break away.
55"Chocolate"Mick GarrisShort Story by: Mick Garris
Teleplay by: Mick Garris
November 25, 2005
A recently divorced young man begins experiencing the world through the senses of a woman he's never met after eating a sample of chocolate. But his quest to meet her face-to-face leads to drastic consequences.
66"Homecoming"Joe DanteShort Story by: Dale Bailey
Teleplay by: Sam Hamm
December 2, 2005
Political satire in which the reanimated corpses of soldiers killed in Iraq return in an attempt to sway the presidential election.
77"Deer Woman"John LandisMax Landis & John LandisDecember 9, 2005
In this horror comedy, a police detective investigates a series of brutal murders which are committed by an ancient creature from Native American mythology.
88"Cigarette Burns"John CarpenterDrew McWeeny & Scott SwanDecember 16, 2005
A man searches for the last surviving print of a rare film which allegedly drove the only audience that ever viewed it into a fit of homicidal frenzy.
99"Fair-Haired Child"William MaloneMatt GreenbergJanuary 6, 2006
A teenage outcast is kidnapped by a strange couple and locked in a basement with their son, who has a dark secret.
1010"Sick Girl"Lucky McKeeStory by: Sean Hood
Teleplay by: Sean Hood and Lucky McKee
January 13, 2006
A horror comedy in which a lesbian entomologist starts a relationship with another woman, but then also finds herself involved with a rather predatory and aggressive insect.
1111"Pick Me Up"Larry CohenShort Story by: David J. Schow
Teleplay by: David J. Schow
January 20, 2006
Two serial killers (one who kills hitchhikers, another who kills anyone who gives him a ride) clash over their latest victim.
1212"Haeckel's Tale"John McNaughtonShort Story by: Clive Barker
Teleplay by: Mick Garris
January 27, 2006
In the 1850s, a man on his way to his sick father in upstate New York, seeks shelter in a secluded cabin owned by a mysterious couple where he becomes involved in a grotesque orgy of the undead.
1313"Imprint"Takashi MiikeNovel "Bokkê, kyôtê" by: Shimako Iwai
Teleplay by: Daisuke Tengan
February 25, 2006
A 19th century American tourist gets much more than he bargained for while searching for a Japanese prostitute he fell in love with years earlier.

Episode 4, "Jenifer", was accidentally made available on-demand to a select audience at the same time as Episode 2, "H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House". The episode was cut for graphic violence during its initial television broadcast, and the cut scenes can only be viewed in a featurette separate from the film on the R1 DVD release.

Episode 13, "Imprint", originally scheduled to premiere on January 27, 2006, was shelved by Showtime due to concerns over its content. Mick Garris, creator and executive producer of the series, characterized the episode as "the most disturbing film I've ever seen".[2] It is available only on DVD and Blu-ray by Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with the rest of the episodes in the first season.[3] "Imprint" was shown in the UK on Bravo (7 April 2006).[4]

Season 2 (2006–07)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
141"The Damned Thing"Tobe HooperShort Story by: Ambrose Bierce
Teleplay by: Richard Christian Matheson
October 27, 2006
The apocalyptic tale of a monstrous, unseen force that devastates Sheriff Kevin Reddle’s family and terrorizes their small Texas community. Based on the short story of the same title by Ambrose Bierce.
152"Family"John LandisBrent HanleyNovember 3, 2006
Tells the story of a young couple who move to a new city and soon find out that their neighbor is not what he seems.
163"The V Word"Ernest DickersonMick GarrisNovember 10, 2006
This vampire film reveals the punishment visited upon two teenage boys who make the very poor decision to break into a mortuary and encounter a real vampire.
174"Sounds Like"Brad AndersonShort Story by: Mike O'Driscoll
Teleplay by: Brad Anderson
November 17, 2006
The story of Larry Pearce, an ordinary man blessed with gift/curse of extraordinary hearing that drives him to the brink of insanity, and forces him to take violent action to silence the horrific cacophony in his head.
185"Pro-Life"John CarpenterDrew McWeeny and Scott SwanNovember 24, 2006
Pro-Life tells the story of a young pregnant girl trapped inside an abortion clinic by her murderous family, who soon discovers the only thing more dangerous than her pursuers is the demonic secret that she carries within her.
196"Pelts"Dario ArgentoShort Story by: F. Paul Wilson
Teleplay by: Matt Venne
December 1, 2006
Fur trader Jake Feldman knows that you cannot make a coat without breaking a few animals' necks. In his pursuit to make the perfect fur coat to win over a woman, Feldman steals supernatural raccoon pelts that violently turn against those that covet them.
207"The Screwfly Solution"Joe DanteShort Story by: James Tiptree, Jr.
Teleplay by: Sam Hamm
December 8, 2006
A nightmarish plague spreads across the globe, transforming men into killers who attack every woman that crosses their paths.
218"Valerie on the Stairs"Mick GarrisShort Story by: Clive Barker
Teleplay by: Mick Garris
December 29, 2006
A novelist rents a room in a flophouse to write a novel and discovers there are fates worse than literary anonymity when he encounters a mysterious woman and a stalking demon spawned from the imagination of three tenants.
229"Right to Die"Rob SchmidtJohn EspositoJanuary 5, 2007
After walking away from an auto accident that leaves his wife in a coma and on life support, a man must decide to let his wife die. But the situation becomes more nightmarish when her vengeful spirit threatens to expose a dirty secret of his own.
2310"We All Scream for Ice Cream"Tom HollandShort Story by: John Farris
Teleplay by: David J. Schow
January 12, 2007
In the 1950s, an ice cream man in clown makeup is accidentally killed during a childhood prank gone wrong. Now, years later after the kids have grown up, his ghost returns for revenge.
2411"The Black Cat"Stuart GordonShort Story by: Edgar Allan Poe
Teleplay by: Dennis Paoli & Stuart Gordon
January 19, 2007
In 1841 Philadelphia, Edgar Allan Poe, suffering from writer's block and short on cash, is tormented by his wife's black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories.
2512"The Washingtonians"Peter MedakShort Story by: Bentley Little
Teleplay by: Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech
January 26, 2007
A man finds his family in danger after he discovers a shocking secret about the United States of America's founding fathers, in which a secret society is hell-bent on keeping a secret at any cost.
2613"Dream Cruise"Norio TsurutaShort Story by: Kôji Suzuki
Teleplay by: Naoya Takayama & Norio Tsuruta
February 2, 2007
Jack, an American lawyer working in Tokyo, has fallen in love with the wife of his most valued client, Eiji. Despite Jack's deep-rooted fear of the sea, he reluctantly accepts Eiji's invitation to join the couple for a day trip on the Tokyo Bay. Pleasure slowly turns to terror as they discover the watery destiny in store for each of them.

Related series

Fear Itself

Series creator Mick Garris stated that Showtime opted not to show the third season and that film studio Lionsgate had begun funding the series.[5] The Hollywood Reporter reported on September 25, 2007 that Mick Garris and Lionsgate signed a 13-episode deal with NBC. Instead of a third season of the show, a new show, Fear Itself, was created with the same premise as Masters of Horror. It premiered on NBC in Summer 2008.

Soundtrack

A two-disc soundtrack was released for the series in October 2005 on Immortal Records. The album features heavy metal and rock acts with a few acoustic pieces. A second volume was released a year later.

Comic adaptations

IDW Publishing is producing a series of comic book adaptations of several episodes from the series. The first four issues are two-parters, adapting "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", based on the short story by Joe R. Lansdale, and "Dreams in the Witch-House".[6][7] The first two comic covers were painted by the award-winning artist Jeremy Caniglia.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient Notes
2006 Saturn Award Won Best Television Presentation Tied with The Triangle
2007 Nominated
Won Best Television DVD Release
2006 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Music Composition for a Series Richard Band Episode: "H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House"
Won Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Edward Shearmur
2007 Satellite Award Won Best DVD Extras (Season 1) Tied with Borat

See also

References

  1. ^ "Masters of Horror on ReelzChannel". ReelzChannel. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  2. ^ Kehr, Dave (2006-01-19). "Horror Film Made for Showtime Will Not Be Shown". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Lambert, David (2005-12-17). "Masters of Horror - 13 Master-ful DVD Releases (But Not 13 Episodes) To Be a Pricey Proposition". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29.
  4. ^ "Masters of Horror". bravo.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17.
  5. ^ Jon Condit (August 12, 2007). "Lionsgate Behind Masters 3". Dread Central. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Masters of Horror Archived 2008-09-08 at the Wayback Machine at IDW Publishing
  7. ^ IDW Unleashes The Masters of Horror in December (press release), Newsarama, November 28, 2005

External links

Chocolate (Masters of Horror)

"Chocolate" is the fifth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on November 25, 2005. It was directed by Mick Garris and based on his short story.

Cigarette Burns

"Cigarette Burns" is the eighth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on December 16, 2005.

Dance of the Dead (Masters of Horror)

"Dance of the Dead" is the third episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on 11 November 2005. Richard Christian Matheson adapted the episode from a short story of the same name by his father, Richard Matheson. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan scored this episode.

Family (Masters of Horror)

"Family" is the second episode of the second season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on November 3, 2006. The DVD was released on April 17, 2007. It is the fifteenth episode and the sixteenth episode to be released on DVD.

H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House

"H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch House" is the second episode of the first season of Masters of Horror, directed by Stuart Gordon. It is adapted from the short story "The Dreams in the Witch House" by American horror author H. P. Lovecraft. It originally aired in North America on November 4, 2005. Ezra Godden had previously starred in another Stuart Gordon-directed Lovecraft adaptation, Dagon, based on Lovecraft's novella The Shadow over Innsmouth.

Haeckel's Tale

"Haeckel's Tale" (also known as "Clive Barker's Haeckel's Tale") is the twelfth episode of the first season of the television series Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on January 27, 2006. George A. Romero was originally supposed to direct the episode but was replaced by John McNaughton because of a scheduling problem.The episode script is based on a Clive Barker short story, first published in the anthology Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre.

Imprint (Masters of Horror)

"Imprint" is the thirteenth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. Directed by Takashi Miike, the episode was scheduled to premiere on January 27, 2006—but was shelved by Showtime over concerns about its extremely graphic and disturbing content. It was later released to DVD on September 26, 2006.

Jenifer (Masters of Horror)

"Jenifer" is the fourth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on November 18, 2005. It was directed by Dario Argento and written by and starring Steven Weber. "Jenifer" is adapted from a 10-page black-and-white comic book story, written by Bruce Jones and illustrated by Berni Wrightson, that originally appeared in issue #63 (July 1974) of the horror anthology title Creepy.

Masters of Horror (soundtrack)

Masters of Horror is the soundtrack accompanying the television series Masters of Horror. Volume 1 sold over 50,000 copies.

Pelts (Masters of Horror)

"Pelts" is the sixth episode of the second season of Masters of Horror, first aired 1 December 2006. The director is Dario Argento, and it based on a short story by F. Paul Wilson. The film is a story about supernaturally beautiful raccoon pelts (called "pine lights") that cause anyone who seeks to profit by them to commit horrendous acts. Meat Loaf stars as fur trader Jake Feldman, who finds these beautiful raccoon pelts and makes a coat out of them as a gift for the beautiful dancer Shanna (Ellen Ewusie), in order to fulfill his fantasy of sex with her. As a result, people end up committing brutal murders and suicides appropriate to their positions in relation to the pelts whenever around them.

Pick Me Up (Masters of Horror)

"Pick Me Up" is the eleventh episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on January 20, 2006. It was based on the short story by David Schow.

Pro-Life (Masters of Horror)

"Pro-Life" (also known as "John Carpenter's Pro-Life") is the fifth episode of the second season of Masters of Horror.

Right to Die (Masters of Horror)

"Right to Die" is the ninth episode of the second season from Masters of Horror directed by Rob Schmidt.

Sick Girl (Masters of Horror)

"Sick Girl" is the 10th episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on January 13, 2006. It was directed by Lucky McKee and based on a story written by McKee and Sean Hood.

The Black Cat (Masters of Horror)

"The Black Cat" is the eleventh episode of the second season of Masters of Horror, directed by Stuart Gordon from a screenplay by Gordon and Dennis Paoli. It was broadcast on Showtime on January 19, 2007. The DVD was released on July 17, 2007.

The Screwfly Solution (Masters of Horror)

"The Screwfly Solution" is the seventh episode in the second season of Masters of Horror. It is based upon the 1977 science fiction short story of the same name by Alice Sheldon (under the alias Raccoona Sheldon), credited in the film as James Tiptree, Jr. Many of the scenes in Sam Hamm's script are expansions of single lines in this epistolary story. Director Joe Dante read the story in the 1980s and had wanted to make a film version ever since. He presented the story as straight horror, eschewing his usual humor and without using his usual company of stock actors. Jason Priestley and Elliott Gould were the stars. When interviewed while shooting the film in Vancouver, the director summarized it:

"It's vaguely political. It's not political in the same way that 'Homecoming' is. It is about a plague that starts in the southern half of the U.S. and moves around the rest of the world. It is a story in which men are moved to kill all the women. It is extremely dark."

The Washingtonians

"The Washingtonians" is the twelfth episode of the second season of Masters of Horror, directed by Peter Medak. The episode is based on the short story written by Bentley Little. It details a man discovering a shocking secret about George Washington that could shatter the world's view of America forever...and the murderous brotherhood sworn to keep the secret safe.

Valerie on the Stairs

"Valerie on the Stairs" is the eighth episode of the second season of Masters of Horror.

We All Scream for Ice Cream (Masters of Horror)

"We All Scream for Ice Cream" is an episode of the series Masters of Horror directed by Tom Holland. It was based on the story "You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream" by John Farris; the title evoking the famous song "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream.

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