"Masters of Horror: Season
One box set" DVD
Now, I recently got
my hands on the Masters of Horror Season One box set, in the Mausoleum
Pack, no less. Now that by itself is exciting news, but what's
even better is that the stuff that's in it is pure-T gold.
of it is better than others. But still, let's face facts--by and
large this was the top season of Masters of Horror. Which wasn't
hard considering what a total shit heap the second (and last)
Just to give you some
rundown, the Masters of Horror series was an absolutely brilliant
idea that just couldn't last. You take the greatest names in horror--Takashi
Miike, John Carpenter, Joe Dante, among others--and you let them
make an hour-long movie on Showtime without any kind of cowardice-driven
content restriction. You know, like the kind you get on network
television. And like the kind poor Mick Garris, the show's creator,
is going to face with his next project, "Fear Itself".
I liked most of the
Masters of Horror first season, but there are some that less than
entertaining, so let me give you the rundown on the three least
ones, so you'll know what to start with and what to consider watching
later on. Even the worst Masters of Horror title is still better
than a lot of what you'll find on the shelves, so you won't be
getting short-changed even with the bad ones.
Deer Woman--This one
was a kind of metaphysical Indian-legend stuff, the kind of thing
we were getting away from back in the eighties. The fact that
John Landis did it makes it feel even worse to not enjoy it.
to hate Dario Argento, but this kind of half-assed pseudo-horror
rom-com is not worth of him. Seriously, it's not. Not even vaguely.
kind of a low blow, because this was Mick Garris' title and he
was responsible for the whole concept, but this tale of do-you-taste-what-I-taste
never really got off the ground with me.
Meanwhile, the rest
are good in various levels, from the zombies with a political
agenda of Homecoming all the way to Takashi Miike's Imprint, the
movie that was, somehow, too freaky to be shown on Showtime. Now
that alone is the case for this monster box set--how do you get
banned from Showtime? I hadn't thought that was possible!
But this is it, folks...the
top of the hill, the better half. It's all downhill from here,
and it's called season two. That one was not nearly as good as
season one, frankly, and if that was the way it was going, a season
three would have sucked sour frog ass.
If you want the choicest
in horror, kids, you're definitely going to want to get Masters
of Horror season one, and if you can get the box set, get it.
They'll even include a bonus disc in the pack stuffed with featurettes,
trailers, commentaries, and DVD-ROM specific features like screenplays
and screen savers.
I should have made
it clear by now, but just in case--season one of Masters of Horror
is strictly top of the line, and missing out on this is missing
out on one of the high-water marks for the entire genre.
Masters of Horror Season
One box set
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