Masters of Horror Season 2 Airdates

Posted by Peter Hall - October 26th 2006 @ 4:36 pm

While the director lineup etc has been known for a while now, Showtime has finally, officially confirmed the airing order and dates for the second season of Masters of Horror.  Well, for the most part:

Masters Of Horror: The Damned Thing (Tobe Hooper) 10/27/2006
Masters Of Horror: Family (John Landis) 11/3/2006
Masters Of Horror: The V Word (Ernest Dickerson)11/10/2006
Masters Of Horror: Sounds Like (Brad Anderson) 11/17/2006
Masters Of Horror: Pro-Life (John Carpenter) 11/24/2006
Masters Of Horror: Pelts (Dario Argento) 12/1/2006
Masters Of Horror: Screwfly Solution (Joe Dante) 12/8/2006
Masters Of Horror: Valerie On The Stairs (Mick Garris) 12/29/2006
Masters Of Horror: #209 1/5/06
Masters Of Horror: #210 1/12/06
Masters Of Horror: #211 1/19/06
Masters Of Horror: #212 1/26/06
Masters Of Horror: #213 2/2/06

Read on for writing credits and plot descriptions.

Oh, and don’t forget that it starts tomorrow, the 27th and airs uninterrupted (save for Christmas week) every subsequent Friday.

“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.

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.

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  1. andy sell
    October 27th, 2006 | 11:38 am | #1

    too bad they haven’t finally, officially confirmed the episode titles.

    “We All Scream For Ice Cream” is the one i’m most looking forward to.

    Tom Holland is boss.

  2. andy sell
    October 27th, 2006 | 11:39 am | #2

    whoops. guess i should’ve actually read the entire column before opening my big keyboard.


    it’s too early for me to be posting comments.

  3. andy sell
    October 27th, 2006 | 11:48 am | #3

    might i add how absolutely ecstatic i am that william malone will not be directing an episode this season.

    directors i’d like to see them get:

    Fred Dekker
    Steve Miner (i’ll forgive him for that Day of the Dead remake… maybe)
    Chuck Russell
    Anthony Waller (AWIP might’ve sucked but Mute Witness was awesome)
    Romero, already!? Seriously!
    Cronenberg, Cronenberg, Cronenberg. (too bad he’s busy doing actual films)
    Joe Zito
    Bill Lustig
    Tom McLaughlin
    Richard Franklin
    Sandor Stern
    Kathryn Bigelow
    Mary Lambert
    James Whale brought back from the dead by way of a Vodoun ritual.

  4. October 27th, 2006 | 3:25 pm | #4

    Not a bad fantasy lineup at all, and including some of my own:


    A bit on the mainstream side, but I think they’d all make fascinating hour longs (some have proven they already can).

  5. andy sell
    October 27th, 2006 | 3:39 pm | #5


    Sorry man, you had me up until that one.

    Eli needs to go away and never come back. Although, there’s a chance that given an one hour time limit he could come up with something pretty awesome.

    However, a James Gunn episode would be AWESOME.

    Oh, and totally agree on the Walter Hill.

    A few more:

    Pang Brothers
    Greg McLean
    Neil Marshall (an apology for The Descent may be in order, however)
    Andrew Fleming
    John Harrison
    Dwight H. Little
    Glen Morgan
    James Wong
    Takashi Shimizu (he needs to move away from The Grudge. quickly)
    Shane Carruth

    While some of these names may not be considered “Masters” of Horror…. I’m sure that once the big names run out of interest, steam or both, these guys could deliver some pretty great things to an hour-long anthology series.

  6. October 27th, 2006 | 3:51 pm | #6

    I’m not going to defend Roth, because I hate the guy more and more every time he opens his mouth this days and completely understand the growing disdain for the man. But I get such a kick out of Cabin Fever that I’m not going to pretend otherwise.

    Shane Carruth is a choice of pure inspiration and something I’d never thought of, but the instant I read it the possibilities were overwhelming. God damn, would I love to see that.

    Come on, though…Glen Morgan?

    Always glad to see more acid against The Descent.

  7. andy sell
    October 27th, 2006 | 8:37 pm | #7

    Hey. I happen to really like the Willard remake. I know, I know, my enjoyment of it owes more to Crispin and R. Lee for sure… but it was competent. I also really enjoy the first two Final Destination films and the guy worked on The X-Files… anthology horror sci/fi is right up his alley.

    I hated Cabin Fever when I saw it, and will continue to hate it until the day I die. i love the “pancakes” kid with all my heart. but everything else about that “film” makes me want to knee-drop everyone involved with the production. Roth is nothing more than a gorehound frat-boy. right up there with Troy Duffy. and please don’t misunderstand, i’m a gorehound myself. it’s the frat-boy part that bothers me.

    Shane Carruth needs to do something else and quick. the guy is quite possibly the only new filmmaker who deserves the attention that a-holes like Roth are getting. it’d be a shame to see him go to something like MoH without doing another feature… but I just want to see ANYTHING from him now. PRIMER was A-MAZ-ING and he needs to get to more work.

    As for The Descent, I wanted to love it, I WOULD HAVE loved it if only he didn’t feel the need to throw in that asinine, arbitrary and – might i add – TOTALLY EFFING LAME subplot about the infidelity. that was just obnoxious to the point of being unforgivable. and what’s the deal with these milquetoast chicks suddenly finding their inner badass in movies like this? Juno was the badass… not the whiney housewife with the dead kid. Seriously. UGH. Dog Soldiers kicks the hell out of that movie any day.

    oh. and uhm… spoiler. sort of.

  8. andy sell
    October 27th, 2006 | 8:41 pm | #8

    by the way, about Cabin Fever… i can totally appreciate why some people like it. it does have a lot of elements going for it… but in the long run, the drawbacks and faults just tip the scale for me.

    who knows, though, maybe if Roth did an episode of MoH he’d be forced to cut out his homophobic/misogynist/privileged stoner moron banter crap and actually concentrate on the horror elements to accomodate the time limitations.

  9. andy sell
    November 1st, 2006 | 3:20 pm | #9

    another brilliant idea:

    Ti West.

    speaking of…

    just found out he’s doing the sequel to Cabin Fever.

    that’s lame.

    he should be doing much better.

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