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.
An American living in Japan started an affair with a friend’s wife. He watched his brother die when they were kids and his friend practically forced him on to their boat named after his wife, Yuri. Eiji’s boat stops working so he goes and checks the propellers. Eiji almost died, but he was fine. He was possessed, though. Jack’s brother’s hat was in the water and his voice came over the radio. I guess it was Eiji’s wife he was possessed by, or his first wife. He attacks Yuri and she’s missing when Jack wakes up. Eiji gets stabbed, but no blood comes out. Then his arm falls off and he starts turning into the mess he would have been if he had not been possessed. Eiji’s hand grabs Jack’s leg and focuses on his wound. Meanwhile Yuri is stuck in the bathroom in serious need of Jack’s help.
Yuri sees as Eiji kills his first wife and feels the blows. We see what really happened. It is painful to watch as Jack fails at knowing the simplest CPR. I think we should rename him. Mr. Idiot manages to get Yuri to breathe by repeatedly hitting her. This does have the Japanese flair that all Japanese ghost stories have, but it could have more. Its too Americanized.
So Naomi takes over Yuri’s body, changing her clothes and making her look like the first wife. The only thing is that would not happen in an actual possession. Jack was just seeing things, like his brother. Ghosts can make you see what they want you to. They end up hiding in the bedroom and after the ghost has some sex with the door it starts to break. Then, we find out the boat has a crawl space and obviously the heroes aren’t smart enough to realize that they must close the door to the crawl space so that her trek to follow them runs too slow. Yuri and Jack have an argument about swimming in the ocean and the jump in.
Then starts the most boring chase scenes in the history of movies and television. They celebrate too soon and Yuri gets pulled under. Some relevant flashbacks to when Jack was a kid and we see his kid brother get Naomi off of Yuri. Brothers protect until the end. I’m assuming they got rescued because the next thing we see are the couple on a boat of their own. She is pregnant and if its a boy they’ll name him after his kid brother. Jack honors his brother sweetly.
The acting in this episode/film was amazing, but I do have a few more issues. It was directed by Norio Tsuruta, but it was not Japanese enough for me. If you are making a horror movie in Japan you have to do it in the same style, that way its more interesting. Americans see the American style all the time. Its the same way with ever other countries. They are used to their style all the time. So, it might be a good idea to do something new.
3 out of 5 remotes.