Masters of Horror-1st Season/Volume 1

John Carpenter changed the course of cinematic horror with Halloween. Cigarette Burns is equally challenging and mysterious, and goes deeper into obsession as a young film fanatic tracks down a fabled film that drives its audience mad. to the point of murder. Dreams in the Witch-House reunites director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) with the world of H.P. Lovecraft. There’s something quite mythological about the mysterious house a young student takes up residency in, and Gordon takes us further into the dark madness than expected. Chocolate, based on a short story by writer/director Mick Garris (The Stand), takes an obsessive love story and turns it into a tale of horror. Perhaps true love is impossible. at least in a Masters of Horror story. Dance of the Dead, director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is the only film in the series to date to be set in an apocalyptic future. Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, Dance tells a tale of the dead being revived to entertain the bored hoards of the future. Don Coscarelli’s Incident On and Off a Mountain Road breathes new life into Joe Lansdale’s classic horror story. Coscarelli, who came to prominence with his Phantasm movies, presents a backwoods Chainsaw-like story, putting a strong female protagonist up against her right-wing, survivalist boyfriend, as well as a deformed killer in a shack in the woods. Clive Barker’s short story Haeckel’s Tale is the series’ first historical costume drama. John McNaughton, who created the unforgettable Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, brings the dead to life in a story that owes a lot to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Hammer films. But McNaughton takes us far beyond where erotic and horrific elements combine to create a different kind of life after death.

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