|Masters of Horror: The Fair-Haired Child
||[Jan. 15th, 2007|10:42 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Now this is refreshing: an episode of Masters of Horror that not only didn't suck but was actually quite good. The story remained consistent throughout, unlike most of the episodes, and there was no dumbass final shock moment to undo everything that was good about it. It's even got a happy ending! Color me surprised that "The Fair-Haired Child" was directed by William Malone, the man who brought us Feardotcom and the remake of House on Haunted Hill, and written by the scribe behind Reign of Fire, Matt Greenberg.
That fucked up creature in the basement was AWESOME, even if Malone relied a little too much on the herky-jerky, sped-up camera movements that seem to have infected all of horror cinema after reaching its saturation point in the J-Horror movement. And it's always nice to see Lori Petty again. I'm also pleased to say that there was no time wasted with gratuitous boobage. Not that I'm against boobage, but it was so overdone in MoH that it was beginning to feel less like titillation and more like a visit to the gynecologist's office - "Oh look, more boobs. Whatev."
So I've ended my viewing of the first season on a high note. It's not quite high enough for me to forgive all the truly awful episodes, which far outnumber the good ones, but at least it took some of the bad taste out of my mouth.
Now that I've seen them all, I feel confident in saying Masters of Horror is an overstatement. Some of the directors may indeed hold that title for good reason, but the series was generally so lackluster that it could be retitled Trite Horror Cliche Theater...With Boobs. As I mentioned before, I'll probably skip the second season when it comes out on DVD, unless I hear it's good. And sadly, that ain't what I'm hearing.