Now this really makes us wish we had access to the cable network Showtime! As if we weren’t excited enough at the prospect of 13 one hour episodes from the legends (and we mean Legends!) of horror, including John Landis, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Larry Cohen, Don Coscarelli to name but a few, now the trailer for the series has appeared online and it looks phenomenal!
So, what are you still here for!? Stop reading this news article immediately and head on over to www.mastersofhorror.net/ to see the full (flash-based) trailer, featuring all manner of fantastic and spooky imagery of living doll's heads, severed thumbs and frightened faces.
Showtime will begin screening the series this October. It is also now looking likely that the series will be getting some theatrical exposure, mostly likely in Europe, where segments may be paired up.
Jenifer dir. Dario Argento
Screenplay by Steven Weber
Based on the classic comic book written by Bruce Jones and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, Jenifer is the shocking tale of a modern-day Lolita who, through her Siren-like powers, ultimately destroys the bodies and souls of all men unfortunate enough to cross her path. After police officer Frank (Steven Weber) saves her life, he adopts her, only to learn that no good deed goes unpunished.
Cigarette Burns dir. John Carpenter
Screenplay by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan
Jimmy Sweetman knows how to find rare film prints. However, nothing could prepare him for the daunting search for LA FIN DU MONDE, a film allegedly shown only once and rumored to have driven its audience into a murderous frenzy before the cinema mysteriously erupted in flames. Working for a shadowy patron, Jimmy’s increasingly obsessive investigation becomes nightmarish and deadly.
Pick Me Up dir. Larry Cohen
Screenplay by David Schow
Two urban legends meet on a desolate roadside when Wheeler, a serial killer who butchers hitchhikers, offers a ride to Walker, a hitchhiker who slaughters any driver unlucky enough to offer him a ride. Caught in their deadly game of cat-and-mouse is a young woman who must choose her ally carefully or end up another notch on a killer’s bloody belt.
Incident On And Off A Mountain Road dir. Don Coscarelli
Screenplay by Don Coscarelli & Stephen Romano
Based on Joe R. Lansdale’s short story of the same title, this film pits Ellen (Bree Turner), a seemingly defenceless young woman, against Moonface, a deformed and demented serial killer. As the story cuts back and forth in time, we slowly discover that our heroine is not as helpless or as innocent as she initially seems.
Homecoming dir. Joe Dante
Screenplay by Sam Hamm
Terror and scandal grip the nation when the media discovers that the living dead have swayed the presidential election. This adaptation of Dale Bailey’s award-winning short story “Death & Suffrage” blends zombie horror and contemporary political satire with chilling results.
Chocolate dir/scr. Mick Garris
Jamie (Henry Thomas), a newly divorced man who creates artificial flavours for the food industry, suddenly and inexplicably starts to experience brief and random flashes from someone – and somewhere – unknown: sight, sound, smell, touch. Learning that he’s experiencing life through the senses of a mysterious woman, he begins to fall in love with her without having met her.
Dreams In The Witch-House dir. Stuart Gordon
Screenplay by Stuart Gordon & Dennis Paoli
Stuart Gordon presents his fifth adaptation of a tale of terror from horror master H.P. Lovecraft. Walter Gilman (Ezra Godden), a college student studying interdimensional string theory, rents a garret in a run-down building in the old New England town of Arkham. He is haunted by terrifying nightmares in which he is visited by a 17th-century witch and her familiar, a rat with a human face. He begins to realize that these are not dreams at all and that diabolical forces are gathering to sacrifice his neighbour’s infant.
Dance Of The Dead dir. Tobe Hooper
Screenplay by Richard Christian Matheson
Based on Richard Matheson’s celebrated short story, “Dance Of The Dead” depicts a post-apocalyptic dystopia wherein reanimated corpses of former friends and enemies dance on stage for the entertainment of the few who survived a nuclear holocaust. Too naive and wholesome for her own good, Peggy embarks on her first double date with a slick upperclassman. Her nervous fits of laughter quickly turn to panicked screams as she learns the truth of the dangerous world outside her mother’s protective cloister, and the sacrifices that were made in order to guarantee her survival.
Deer Woman dir. John Landis
Screenplay by Max Landis & John Landis
A series of bizarre murders leads cynical detective Dwight Faraday (Brian Benben) to suspect that an ancient Native American mythological creature is real in this sexually charged tale of seduction and death.
Fair Haired Child dir. William Malone
Screenplay by Matt Greenburg
Tara, a lonely 13-year-old outcast, is kidnapped by a strange couple and locked in the basement with their 13-year-old son, Johnny. Despite the fact that he is kind and sensitive, Johnny keeps a terrible secret. These two children form a special bond to find a way to battle a curse and survive the night.
Sick Girl dir. Lucky McKee
Screenplay by Sean Hood
Apparently the details for George Romero and Takashi Miike's episodes have not been released yet.
8th Jun 04 The film opens with a very similar voiceover narration to the original (see Trivia) but with different footage as we tour the furnace room, all fingernail scratches and blood-clotted hair, of the Hewitt residence.
Top Ten Horror Scores 19th Aug 04 Ba da da Ba da da Ba da Ba da Ba da da… and on and on it goes. We all know this one.