Today we’ve been provided with the complete Masters of Horror: Season 2 guide, which not only gives you details on each and every episode, but tells you when it airs and even has bios for each and every director! Grab your marker and/or Treo and mark those calenders up! Read on for the goodness.
Masters of Horror: Season 2 Stars include:
Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, The Dead Zone), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Meat Loaf (Fight Club), Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall), Marisa Coughlan (Boston Legal, Teaching Mrs. Tingle), George Wendt (Cheers), John Saxon (From Dusk till Dawn, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), Meredith Monroe (Dawson’s Creek) andMatt Keeslar (Waiting for Guffman, Art School Confidential).
MASTERS OF HORROR: Season 2 – Episode Descriptions
(In alphabetical order by directors’ last name)
“Sounds Like” by Brad Anderson- 11/17/2006
Quality control supervisor Larry Pearce (CHRIS BAUER) spends his days monitoring the nuances of his tech support staff’s telephone conversations… listening is his life. However, when grief over his son’s death leads to a supernaturally heightened sense of sound, Larry is forced to take violent action to silence the horrific cacophony in his head. Its “The Tell-Tale Heart” meets “The Conversation” in this tale of psychological terror based on Mike O’Driscoll’s short story. LAURA MARGOLIS also stars.
Brad Anderson (“The Machinist,” “Session 9”) is set to direct.
“Pelts” by Matt Venne.- 12/1/2006
Fur trader Jake Feldman (MEATLOAF) knows that you can’t make a coat without breaking a few animals’ necks. In his pursuit to make the perfect fur coat to win over a woman, Feldman steals supernatural raccoon pelts that violently turn against those that covet them. “The skin trade” gets a whole new twist in this Giallo-style adaptation of F. Paul Wilson’s short story. JOHN SAXON also stars.
Dario Argento (“Suspiria,” “Terror at the Opera”) is set to direct.
“Pro-Life” by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan – 11/24/2006
A near-accident on an isolated mountain road lands young Angelique (CAITLIN WACHS) in a nearby women’s health clinic. As her fervently anti-abortion father Dwayne (RON PERLMAN) and his well-armed three sons attempt to “liberate” Angelique, she discovers that the only thing more dangerous than her would-be saviors is the demonic seed growing within her. MARK FEUERSTEIN and EMMANUELLE VAUGIER also star.
John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) is set to direct.
“The Screwfly Solution” by Sam Hamm. – 12/8/2006
Based on the short story by Raccoona Sheldon, a deadly virus infects the nation, transforming men into psychotic killers who attack every woman that crosses their paths. A suburban housewife and her teenage daughter embark on a treacherous journey to survive, but how can they protect themselves from an entire gender gone mad? JASON PRIESTLY and ELLIOT GOULD star.
Joe Dante (“The Howling,” “Gremlins”) is set to direct.
“The V Word” by Mick Garris. -11/10/2006
When two teenage boys break into a mortuary in hope of seeing a dead body, the macabre punishment visited upon them will far outweigh their crime. Instead of fulfilling their morbid curiosity, the boys are attacked by a rampaging vampire (MICHAEL IRONSIDE) and must ultimately decide whether to sacrifice themselves or survive as blood-thirsty killers.
Ernest Dickerson (“Bones,” “Demon Knight”) is set to direct.
“Valerie on the Stairs” by Mick Garris. -12/29/2006
At a commune for aspiring novelists, Rob Hanisee (TYRON LEITSO) discovers that there are fates worse than literary anonymity when he is visited by a strange apparition. Beautiful, naked and covered with supernatural ooze, Valerie might be the muse that Rob has always searched for — or the manifestation of a much darker force. Blood and death follow Rob across the tenuous line between life and art. CHRISTOPHER LLOYD also stars in this adaptation of Clive Barker’s original screen story.
Mick Garris (“Riding the Bullet,” “The Stand”) is set to direct.
“The Black Cat” by Stuart Gordon & Dennis Paoli.
Edgar Allan Poe (JEFFREY COMBS), out of ideas and short of cash, is tormented by a black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories.
Stuart Gordon (“Re-Animator,” “Dagon”) is set to direct.
“We All Scream for Ice Scream” by David J. Schow.
Years ago, a youthful prank by a gang of kids known as the West End Bunch went seriously wrong. Now grown up and a parent himself, former West-Ender Layne Banixter (LEE TERGESON) witnesses the friends of his youth systematically murdered by their own children, who have inexplicably turned against them. In order to save his family, Layne must face long-buried fears and the realization that sometimes the sins of the fathers are visited upon the son. WILLIAM FORSYTHE also stars in this adaptation of John Farris’ short story.
Tom Holland (“Fright Night,” “Child’s Play”) is set to direct.
“The Damned Thing” by R.C. Matheson. – 10/27/2006
An unknown monstrous force descends upon a small Texas town, turning husband against wife, brother against sister, parent against child. Tortured by his own tragic past, Sheriff Kevin Reddle (SEAN PATRICK FLANERY) must overcome his horrific rage if he is to restore order. MARISA COUGHLAN and TED RAIMI also star in this apocalyptic tale of terror.
Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Poltergeist”) is set to direct.
“Family” by Brent Hanley. – 11/3/2006
The Fullers (MEREDITH MONROE and MATT KEESLAR), a young married couple, move to a new town and discovers that their neighbor, Harold Thompson (GEORGE WENDT), is not what he seems. He putters away at his hobbies; however, his passion is anything but innocent. The Fullers will soon know what evil lurks in the depth of suburban basements.
John Landis (“American Werewolf in London,” “Thriller”) is set to direct.
“The Washingtonians” by Jonathon Schaech & Richard Chizmar.
After his grandmother’s funeral, Mike (JONATHON SCHAECH) discovers an artifact in her basement could re-write the history of our nation. Interpreting clues that suggest George Washington was in fact an insatiable cannibal, Mike must protect his family and escape from a band of loyal Washingtonians, hungry for human flesh and willing to protect our founding father’s secrets at any cost. SAUL RUBINEK also stars in this adaptation of Bentley Little’s short story.
Peter Medak (“The Changeling”) is set to direct.
“Right to Die” by CREDITS TO BE DETERMINED
Her flesh has been charred and her body remains comatose, but from a strict medical perspective, Abby is still alive. Beset by guilt, her conflicted husband Cliff (MARTIN DONOVAN) is determined to get a court order to cease her pain. Her condition worsening, she repeatedly flat-lines and is revived. But each time Abby’s body dies, her apparition grows stronger, violently attacking those that have taken advantage of her plight. If Cliff pulls the plug, he’s next on the list. This topical horror story takes a supernatural stand on the right-to-life debate. CORBIN BERNSEN also stars.
Rob Schmidt (“Wrong Turn”) is set to direct.
“Dream Cruise” by Naoya Takayama and Norio Tsuruta.
Jack (DANIEL GILLIES), an American lawyer working in Tokyo, has fallen in love with the wife of his most valued client, Eiji. Despite Jack’s deep-rooted fear of the sea, he reluctantly accepts Eiji’s invitation to join the couple for a day trip on the Tokyo Bay. Pleasure turns to terror as they discover the watery destiny in store for each of them. RYO ISHIBASHI and YOSHINO KIMURA also star in this adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s short story.
Norio Tsuruta (“Ringu 0: Bâsudei,” “Premonition”) is set to direct.
The Darien Gap, Brad Anderson’s first feature, screened in competition at the ’96 Sundance Film Festival. Because of this film he was honored by Variety in ’97 as one of the “Ten Leading New Independent Directors to Watch.” In 1998 his film Next Stop Wonderland, featuring Hope Davis and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, was picked up at Sundance by Miramax. It won the Grand Prix and Audience awards at the Deauville Film Festival, as well as the Excellence in Filmmaking Award by the National Board of Review.
In 2001 he had the unusual experience of having two of his films simultaneously hit theaters, both to overwhelming critical praise: the romantic comedy Happy Accidents (IFC Films), which stars Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio; and the horror film Session 9 (USA Films), which stars David Caruso, Josh Lucas and Peter Mullan. The Machinist, produced and shot in Spain and starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Jason Leigh, premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival and was released by Paramount Classics in 2004. He is currently developing a thriller called Lucid and a musical called Nonstop to Brazil.
His television directing credits include episodes of Homicide, The Wire, The Shield, and Surface.
Dario Argento is Italy’s leading director of innovative surreal thriller and horror movies. The son of Salvatore Argento, one of the big movie producers of the 60’s and 70’s, and Elda Luxardo, the well-known photographer, he began his career as a film critic. Together with Bernardo Bertolucci he then worked as assistant scriptwriter to his great maestro, Sergio Leone, for whom he wrote the story for ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968). In 1970, Argento made his directing debut with THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE. This was followed by CAT O’ NINE TAILS (1971), and FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (1972). This trilogy contributed to establishing Dario Argento as a recognized master of the thriller genre. In 1975, after a brief departure from his usual fare, during which he made LE CINQUE GIORNATE (THE 5 DAYS WAR) (1973), he returned to his own unique vision of horror, generating terror amongst movie audiences with DEEP RED, considered by many critics his masterpiece.
The year 1977 marked the release of SUSPIRIA, one of his best-loved films abroad. He then undertook work on the screenplay and post-production of George Romero’s classic DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979). During the 80’s Argento went on to tackle his supernatural thriller INFERNO (1980), followed by the sophisticated, disturbing TENEBRE (1983), and PHENOMENA, A Tale of Horror (1985). In 1987 Argento directed one of his most shocking movies, OPERA, set in Parma’s Teatro Regio. In 1990, he moved to the U.S. where he worked with George Romero on TWO EVIL EYES, for which he wrote and directed the episode THE BLACK CAT. Argento directed TRAUMA in 1992, casting his young daughter Asia, for the first time, as leading actress. THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (1996) announced his return to working as director in Italy, followed by THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1998), SLEEPLESS (2001) and THE CARD PLAYER (2004). Dario Argento also wrote the screenplay for Patroni Griffi’s LOVE CIRCLE (1968). He produced two films directed by Lamberto Bava: DEMONS (1985) and DEMONS II (1986), as well as Michele Soavi’s THE CHURCH (1989) and THE SECT (1991), and Sergio Stivaletti’s M.D.C (THE WAX MASK) (1996).
Argento has also worked for television and he directed four short films for the 1972 series LA PORTA SUL BUIO.
Born in Carthage, New York, and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, John Carpenter was captivated by movies, especially Westerns. The son of a college music professor, he attended Western Kentucky University, then enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. After winning an Academy Award