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 Post subject: Masters of Horror
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I've been watching my DVDs throughout the month in spirit of the Halloween holiday season. I'm through the first season -- here's my rankings (divided into three tiers):

Top Tier
Haeckel's Tale
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
Cigarette Burns
Pick Me Up
Dreams in the Witch House

Middle Tier
Deer Woman
Homecoming
Imprint
Dance of the Dead

Bottom Tier
Fair-Haired Child
Sick Girl
Chocolate
Jenifer

When I get through the second season I'll post my tiered rankings. Feel free to post opinions/comments regarding the episodes here if you've seen them. I know Ron Burgundy has -- we've had many discussions about them. Hopefully he'll drop some posts and ranks on the 2 seasons.

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Wow - Chocolate and Jennifer are 3rd tier :wtf: I'd move Jen into 1st and bump "Homecoming" from 2nd to 3rd for Chocolate. But hey - that's just me. :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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I know 'Homecoming' was heavy-handed and preachy, but I preferred it to 'Chocolate', especially in the horror genre. I wasn't fond of Jenifer - gruesome yes, but I enjoyed the other episodes much more. I honestly didn't like either of Argento's contributions to MoH, but that's just me. So other than those two changes, you've got similar rankings?

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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lazyboyx51 wrote:
So other than those two changes, you've got similar rankings?


Yes. I initially wasn't as impressed with Haeckel's Tale when I 1st viewed it - but it has grown on me since.

1st Tier
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
Dreams in the Witch House
Jenifer
Cigarette Burns
Pick Me Up

2nd Tier
Dance of the Dead
Chocolate
Deer Woman
Haeckle's Tale
Imprint

3rd Tier
Homecoming
Fair-Haired Child
Sick Girl

Season 2 had far less bang for the buck in a lot of episodes.

1st Tier
Family
Right To Die
The Black Cat

Note: The Screw Fly Solution? - it teeters between 1st & 2nd

2nd Tier
The Damned Thing
Pro-Life
Valerie on the Stairs
The Washingtonians

3rd Tier
The V Word
Sounds Like
Pelts
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Dream Cruise


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Here's how Season 2 shapes up for me:

Top Tier

The Black Cat
The Damned Thing
The Screw Fly Solution
The Washingtonians
Valerie On The Stairs

Middle Tier

Family
The V Word (though I think Michael Ironside was wasted in this role)
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Pro-Life

Bottom Tier

Dream Cruise
Right To Die
Sounds Like
Pelts

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Middle Tier
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The V Word (though I think Michael Ironside was wasted in this role)
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Agreed. That's why it fell to 3rd tier for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Only my second horror viewing of the month thus far, I went with 'The Damned Thing'. I remember when I first watched this episode during its original airing on Showtime. I lost power for the last 10 minutes of the episode due to a bad storm outside, which coincided with the storm taking place in the episode. So not only did I enjoy this one, but the 'surreal and visceral' moment added to the freakish atmosphere. Still a top tier MoH for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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"Top Tier"
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
Pick me Up
Pelts
Pro Life
Family

"Decent"
Fair Haired Child



"Crap"
Homecoming
Dance of the Dead


I've seen more but those are the ones that come to mind. Pick me up is by far the best I think out of all of then. Great story, acting, setting etc.
Pick me up was I believe the first one I watched and I assumed that the rest would be just as good. I was wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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I think 'Pick Me Up' was the last episode I saw from the first season (since I watched season 1 via DVD as they were coming out). It was definitely a cool episode. A little game of cat and mouse and maybe chicken - all wrapped up in a ball of horror.

Another of my favorites is 'Cigarette Burns' (the first MoH I ever watched) - check that one out SVB (if you haven't already).

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Watched 'Pick Me Up' next -- a matter of suggestion from this great board (since we were talking about it last week). Still love this episode. Michael Moriarty is masterful to watch. One of the best of not only season one but the entire series.

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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The first season has been added to our Members Only section for further discussion on individual episodes and reviews. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Nice! Thanks Doc!

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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This series has ended right?


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Yes. Quite some time ago. It only lasted 2 seasons, both of which are on DVD. Then Mick Garris went to network television for a season called 'Fear Itself' (which we have a thread for discussion on this board too). Just like network television, it was cancelled before every episode could air. I bought the DVDs and got to catch the remaining episodes (I think 8 aired, 5 unaired).

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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Too bad Fred Dekker never got to do a Masters of Horror or Fear Itself. Did Wes Craven do any? Speaking of Mick Garris, I also heard he worked on Freddy's Nightmares.


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No, Wes didn't work on either Masters or Fear. I often wondered why?

Mick worked on lots of stuff as a writer - Amazing Stories, The Fly 2, Batteries Not Included, Hocus Pocus, She-Wolf of London. As a Director - The Shining {TV}, The Stand, Sleep Walkers, Critters 2, and Freddie's Nightmares.


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No, Wes didn't work on either Masters or Fear. I often wondered why?

Mick worked on lots of stuff as a writer - Amazing Stories, The Fly 2, Batteries Not Included, Hocus Pocus, She-Wolf of London. As a Director - The Shining {TV}, The Stand, Sleep Walkers, Critters 2, and Freddie's Nightmares.


You forgot Psycho 4.


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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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 Post subject: Re: Masters of Horror
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Kicked off horror month with the first episode of the series, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road. Still a top tier episode of the series. Bree Turner turns into a bad ass vs. Moonface. Recommended MoH.

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