Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I will post a series of reviews about the episodes for your enjoyment.
Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
Episode one is called “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” or by Netflix “Moonface.” A young woman—Bree—is driving on a mountain road. She takes her eyes off the road for one second and she crashes into another car. Now, to tell the truth that’s how most acidents occurrs. You’re driving, looking at the road. You decide that you want to change the radio station or something slides unexpectedly and you hit something or someone. Little fender benders normally.
Well, she notices the car on the road has its headlights on after her car fails to ignite. She yells at the obviously empty car like a maniac for a while before she finally checks out the car to see… bloodstains. A giant build-up to bloodstains. She can’t get her cell phone to work (keep in mind this was made back when cell phones were still a little bulkier than today. You know how today’s cell phones are pencil thin. Anyway she ends up seeing the young lady who obviously owns the other car. This girl is screaming about some guy whose trying to kill her and… Oh, look! There he is, shining in the moonlight.
So theres this little chase sequence and all the while we get flashes where we get to watch Bree meet, date, and marry this guy—Bruce—who is an extreme survivalist. Eventually you see that happily wedded bliss isn’t so happy or blissful. I am not going to describe the chase sequence in detail, but she pulls a lot of neat tricks.
Now, the main thing about the first episode is not really the crazy serial killer with weird, but oddly cool art in his front yard. Its all about the character development of Bree. It is a character driven story, which can be kind of awesome. It did leave me with a few major questions about the character Moonface. Why did he start killing? When did he start killing? Was he raised in those forests? I wanted to get to know him. I didn’t give a damn about Bree.
The episode didn’t even give me a jolt.
I give episode one 2 out of 5 remotes.