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 Thirteen
The thirteenth and the season finale of Masters of Horror is called “Imprint.” This one was my favorite of all of them when I first watched the series, so I was glad to watch this one again. The setting is Japan during the nineteenth century at a brothel for the most part. An American man goes to a Japanese island that is known for debauchery. He is looking for a prostitute he had left behind when he was a younger man. Her name was Kamono. When he hears that there is no one by that name on the island he says he’ll leave, but he cannot leave until morning, so he just stays at one of the brothel houses.
He’s been searching for her for a long time. As he stays at the brothel the girl he asked for comes in. Half of her face is disfigured, but she’s dressed prettily. The girl knew his love, but she tells him that Kamono passed away/ She killed herself because she could not wait for him any longer. He starts to leave, but she stops him. Apparently only demons, cut-throats, and whores live on the island. She offers herself to him, but he denies her and instead asks her to tell him her stories.
She tells her story about her parents and her village. As a child she had blue hair. She was sent away and traveled place to place because people were selling her. Eventually she ended up in the brothel where it was Hell for her. Kamono was kind to the girl. Kamono was framed by one of the older girls and tortured all because of some jealousy. The girl could do nothing to help her or face the same punishment. This episode is definitely not for the faint of heart. Kamono confessed because of the torture, just like the supposed witches confessed because of the tortures they went through during the witch hunts. The girl found Kamono’s body. This story was a lie.
She tells them that she stole the ring and framed Kamono. She gives her water and then claims that she strangled her with the ropes because she was kind to her. I like how at the end of the story the two main characters show up in the scene. She claims that she wanted to send Kamono to heaven, instead of her going to hell because she was friends with her. The whore lied again.
Her father was a drunk abusive man and she got pregnant. She helped her mother with her work of abortions. In this story the monk molested her. Her father still struck her mother, but it was in front of her. Her father attacked her, so she killed him by bashing in his head.
She is suddenly stopped from continuing by her twin. Her mom and dad were brother and sister. The whore’s sister got her to do what ever she wanted by biting her. The American is now calling the prostitute a freak. The American shoots her twice and ends up in jail where he is haunted by those who have died.
The episode was done in the style of Japanese horror. I was very impressed the first time and this time.
5 out of 5 remotes.
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.