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 reviewed each episode 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.
Season One Part Two
Dreams in the Witch’s House
Episode Two of Masters of Horror is based off of H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch House and thus the episode got the same name. This one is about Walter—a physics grad student working on his thesis—who has to move into an upstairs apartment in a house that is a hundred years old. He has a neighbor with a son. I don’t remember the mother’s name, but the son’s name is Danny. Well, Walter is writing his thesis on alternative universes and how you could reach on just by finding the intersecting point. This amuses me greatly as a believer in alternate dimensions.
So he’s in his room and he starts to have weird dreams about a rat with a human face. He brushes them off as weird dreams. Whatever. Danny’s mom starts screaming so he goes and investigates. There is this giant rat antagonizing them. The manager refuses to do anything like a self righteous hog. Crazy dude across the hall speaks crazily and Walter boards up the mouse hole. Guess what! His dreams get weirder and weirder. He falls asleep in the chair by Danny’s crib, has a wet dream about Danny’s mom turning into an old bat, and wakes up in his bed with a star carved into his back by fingernails.
Several things happen and eventually he ends up sleepwalking all the way to his university’s special collections, restricted section. He’s looking over the Necromancer’s Handbook or the equivalent there of. He’s looking through it, staring wide eyed at the book. There are very interesting pictures there, but I won’t go into details. This crazy librarian comes in and takes it away, freaking out. The actress was over acting. It was subtle, but it was still obvious enough. So now Walter believes crazy dude and tears apart the section of wall that matches his designs on his screen. The witch and her rat await him with Danny. Cue the almost-child-sacrifice-turned-fight-and-villain-death-scene. But before we get into that, there are lots and lots of bones. Bones from past sacrifices.
The ending will shock you the first time you see it, so I won’t spoil it for you.
Overall the episode was a good one. I enjoyed it, though it did not really scare me.
Episode two gets 4 out of 5 remotes.