Masters of Horror

Tagged: TV

US tv series (2006-2008). Production companies include IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions for Showtime. Created by Mick Garris. Executive producers include Keith Addis, Morris Berger and Mick Garris. Directors include Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper and Lucky McKee. Writers include Stuart Gordon, Sam Hamm, Sean Hood and Richard Christian Matheson. Cast includes Angela Bettis, Sean Patrick Flanery, Ezra Godden, Elliott Gould, Jason Priestly and Susanna Uchatius. Thirteen 42-minute segments. Colour.

This Television Anthology Series consists of Horror stories, mostly adapted from the work of top writers and executed by major directors. The emphasis is on gore and Sex, but several of the segments are of sf interest. These include adaptations of H P Lovecraft's "The Dreams in the Witch-House" (July 1933 Weird Tales), involving human sacrifice and a witch (Uchatius) who transcends space through the fourth Dimension with an unwilling and unwitting companion (Godden); James Tiptree Jr's "The Screwfly Solution" (June 1977 Analog), about a Scientist (Priestly) who tries to prevent the extermination of the human race by Aliens who are turning men against women; and Ambrose Bierce's "The Damned Thing" (7 December 1893 Town Topics), loosely based on this short story about a mysterious and murderous unseen Monster (see Invisibility) that wreaks havoc in a small town. "Sick Girl", an original screenplay, is a somewhat lighter-toned story about a lesbian entomologist (Bettis) and a strange insect that infests and changes people physically and mentally. Some of the Masters of Horror production companies were also involved with the series Masters of Science Fiction (2007; vt Stephen Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters). [LW]

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