Masters of Horror: Haeckel’s Tale

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 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.


Season One Part Twelve

Haeckel’s Tale


Episode twelve is “Haeckel’s Tale” and is about the story of the young man Haeckel, a medical student at a university who is full of himself.

The episode starts with a dashing young man who wishes to bring his dead wife back. He approaches the necromancer who offers him a trade. She says that she’ll raise his wife if he still wishes after the story of Haeckel. It starts off in the university where he mocks his professor. After failing at bringing someone back to life he watches a necromancer bring back a dog. He rationalizes it as puppetry and venquilatism.

He heads home when he hears of his father’s immenent death. We hear music that is usually reserved for alien abductions in this horror piece. The episode takes place during the Victorian Era. That music doesn’t make a lick of sense in this episode. He tries to rest on the road, but he s found by a man who lets him stay in his home. He meets Walter’s wife Elise, who is absolutely beautiful and Haeckel cannot keep his eyes off her. Walter noticed.

Elise is cold and distant from her husband. She is confusing and mysterious. Haeckel is drawn to her. She seems like she doesn’t get completely satisfied. The necromancer visits their home, accepts money, and walks out. Meanwhile Haeckel is dosing in and out of sleep Elise has a baby that cries with a strange voice. He is told not to go after Elise, whom had gone out in the dark. We learn that Elise was married before Walter and that no one but her deceased husband can satisfy her. When he finds her he sees her fornicating with her dead husband. Yep. Necrophilia. Necrophilia right on screen. Elise’s husband is eaten by the zombies and the necromancer is shot by Haeckel.

Daylight comes and the unconscious Haeckel leaves the graveyard. Haeckel returns to Walter’s home and finds out the baby is also a zombie. Elise participates in another night of debauchery. The necromancer from the beginning is really Elise.

“Haeckel’s Tale” was a very good episode. I give it 5 out of 5 remotes.




About blackwinterrosethorn

I am an artist and a writer whose living in Virginia. I go to Hollins University and I am a double minor in Creative Writing and Music. I've been writing for about eleven or twelve years. I've been singing forever and I have been drawing and painting for four or five years. I am open to doing commissions and collaborative pieces. View all posts by blackwinterrosethorn

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