May 29th, 2006


More Masters of Horror

This is the second DVD set of Showtime's Masters of Horror, and like the first set it's one good one and one meh one.

Don Coscarelli's Incident On and Off a Mountain Road is the good one. I don't really like the whole "my car broke down and now I'm being chased by a random psycho" subgenre, but Coscarelli brings a strong visual style to the story, and of course the Joe R. Lansdale short it's based on has more depth than is usually found in this kind of tale (not to mention an interesting twist on the damsel in distress). The acting is also really good, which I'm sure you know is a welcome surprise when watching a horror movie. In particular, Bree Turner as the unfortunate chasee and Ethan Embry as her crazy, survivalist husband do great jobs. Plus, it's always nice to see Angus "Tall Man" Scrimm again. Booooyyyyyyy!

Mick Garris' Chocolate, on the other hand, is rubbish from start to finish. I don't think Garris is a good storyteller, either as a writer or a director. I did like the miniseries of The Stand, but I think that had more to do with the strength of the source material. The actors do their best, and it's interesting to see the little boy from E.T. all grown up and faking orgasms, but Chocolate is instantly forgettable.

Coming in July, Larry Cohen's episode, Pick Me Up, and Joe Dante's Homecoming!