Work is continuing at a rapid pace over in Vancouver, where shooting is currently taking place on the Showtime cable network series, Masters of Horror, and aintitcool have released episode details for eleven of the programmes (apparently the details for George Romero and Takashi Miike's episodes have not been released yet).
In what sounds like a fan boy's wet dream, the series will run for 13 one-hour parts, with each section to be directed by a 'Master of Horror' director, with such revered genre names as Dario Argento, John Carpenter, John Landis, Roger Corman, Tobe Hooper, Don Coscarelli, Stuart Gordon, George Romero, Joe Dante and Larry Cohen. Read below for the latest episode details:
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.
Haeckel’s Tale dir. Roger Corman
Screenplay by Mick Garris
When Ernest Haeckel seeks shelter from the wilderness in a secluded cabin in the New England countryside, he is given one explicit instruction: no matter what he hears, he cannot go outside. As the cries of an unseen baby intermix with horrifying guttural moans, Haeckel disobeys his host and becomes embroiled in an orgy of the undead. Based on Clive Barker’s short story, “Haeckel’s Tale”.
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.
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