Big-name directors deliver small-screen scares in Masters Of Horror, an anthology of hour-long horror flicks shown Stateside on Showtime. Seven of the first season’s 13 episodes are collected here, all dripping extras and credits that read like a Who’s Who of US horror: John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, Don Coscarelli, John Landis, Joe Dante and more.
“Each episode’s 60 minutes of doing whatever we want to do,” explains Carpenter on the yak-track to Cigarette Burns, where Udo Kier searches for a lost horror flick. It’s shameful, then, that the results are so patchy, each episode pushing gogglebox gore but few panic buttons. A couple of entries raise the bar: Landis’ Deer Woman and Coscarelli’s Incident On And Off A Mountain Road. For sheer gall, though, check out Dante’s zombie flick Homecoming, in which Iraq War vets rise from coffins to vote the Prez out of the White House. Flipping Dubya a rotting finger, it’s a throwback to the days when US horror wasn’t afraid of anything... not even politics.