Official Masters of Horror Season 2 Lineup, Plots Etc.

Posted by Peter Hall - May 25th 2006 @ 7:21 pm

Below is the official press release from Anchor Bay/IDT that details each episode, it’s director, writer, cast etc.  Some of ’em sound pretty good, like Joe Dante’s, John Carpenter’s, Dario Argento’s, and Brad Anderson’s.  Then again, some of ’em are pretty bland: Ernest Dickerson’s, Mick Garris’, Stuart Gordon’s (despite the Poe origins).

Anyways, give it a once over.  I’m looking forward to it, but I get my hopes up a lot.  I’m stupid like that.


Brad Anderson, Ernest Dickerson, Tom Holland Join Returning Directors Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, and John Landis For Season Two

DVDs From Season One Are Being Distributed By IDT Entertainment’s
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Los Angeles, CA:– A stellar lineup of directors has been confirmed for the second season of Masters of Horror, the anthology series produced by IDT Entertainment in association with Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions. Thirteen new one-hour films will debut this fall on Showtime. In addition, DVDs from the first season of the critically lauded series are being distributed by IDT Entertainment’s Anchor Bay Entertainment. Stars have also been announced for several episodes.

“Our creative environment supports and nurtures directorial talent,” says IDT Entertainment COO John W. Hyde. “We’re thrilled that A-list talent continues to be attracted to the Masters of Horror.”

Joining the roster of directors this season are Brad Anderson (Session Nine, The Machinist), Ernest Dickerson (Bones, Demon Knight), and Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play). Returning for a second outing are directors Dario Argento (Suspira, Terror at the Opera), John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), Mick Garris (Riding the Bullet, The Stand), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) and John Landis (American Werewolf in London).

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), Caitlin Wachs (Commander in Chief), Meredith Monroe (Dawson’s Creek) and Matthew Keeslar (Waiting for Guffman, Art School Confidential).

“We’re all excited that this incredible array of creative talent has joined the ‘Masters’ line-up,” says Andrew Deane, a partner at Industry Entertainment and an executive producer of the series. “These directors have unique points of view and we’re certain that they will utilize the series’ promise of artistic freedom to produce frightening results.”

The following episodes have been confirmed:

Family, directed by John Landis and written by Brent Hanley, tells the story of a young married couple (Meredith Monroe and Matt Keeslar) that moves into a new home in a new city and finds out that their neighbor (George Wendt) is not what he seems.

Pelts, directed by Dario Argento, written by Matt Venne, adapted from F. Paul Wilson’s short-story, is an erotic tale about stolen raccoon pelts that violently turn against those that covet them in this Giallo-style adaptation of F. Paul Wilson’s short story. Meatloaf and John Saxon star.

The Damned Thing, directed by Tobe Hooper, inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s classic short-story and written by Richard Christian Matheson, is the apocalyptic tale of a monstrous force that devastates Sheriff Kevin Reddle’s family and his small Texas town. Sean Patrick Flanery, Marisa Coughlan and Ted Raimi star.

Pro-Life, directed by John Carpenter, written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, tells the story of a young girl trapped inside a clinic, that discovers the only thing more dangerous than her pursuers is the demonic secret that she carries within her. Ron Perlman, and Caitlin Wachs star.

The V Word, a vampire film directed by Ernest Dickerson and written by Mick Garris, reveals the punishment visited upon two teenage boys who make the very poor decision to break into a mortuary. Michael Ironside stars.

Sounds Like, directed and written by Brad Anderson, adapted from a short-story by Mike O’Driscoll, tells the story of Larry Pearce – an ordinary man blessed with a gift of extraordinary supernatural hearing that drives him to the brink of insanity and forces him to take violent action to silence the horrific cacophony in his head.

The Screwfly Solution, directed by Joe Dante, written by Sam Hamm and adapted from the Raccoona Sheldon short-story, is about a nightmare virus infecting our nation, transforming men into psychotic killers who attack every woman that crosses their paths.

Valerie On The Stairs, directed and written by Mick Garris from a Clive Barker original screen story, tells the tale of a novelist who discovers there are fates worse than literary anonymity in this sexually-charged tale of terror.

We Scream For Ice Cream, directed by Tom Holland from David J. Schow’s adaptation of John Farris’ short-story, depicts a local ice cream man who, in this case, is turning sweet-toothed children against their parents.

The Black Cat, directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Gordon & Dennis Paoli, has the great Poe, out of ideas and short on cash, tormented by a black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories

The executive producers of Masters of Horror are IDT Entertainment’s Morris Berger, Steve Brown, and John W. Hyde; Industry Entertainment’s Keith Addis and Andrew Deane, and Nice Guy Productions’ Mick Garris. Reunion Pictures’ Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe are producers. Industry’s Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning are co-producers and will continue to serve as production executives on the series. IDT Entertainment Sales provides worldwide distribution of the series and Anchor Bay Entertainment, IDT Entertainment’s home entertainment company, handles DVD and video releases.

IDT Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content. IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, an international telecom, entertainment, and technology company.

Industry Entertainment Partners, a leading talent management and production company, has produced award-winning films including sex, lies and videotape, Drugstore Cowboy, The Player, Requiem for a Dream, and Quills.

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  1. May 26th, 2006 | 8:28 am | #1

    “an erotic tale about stolen raccoon pelts”

    Oh baby.

    Sounds like an interesting lineup (George Wendt as a bad guy? — wait, George Wendt as anything?), although I don’t know if too many of the plots sound all that original.

    Then again, I also don’t know how Tobe Hooper still keeps getting funding.

  2. May 26th, 2006 | 2:55 pm | #2

    Yeah, I don’t know how he keeps getting work either. His last few films have all been junk, which could be argued of Carpenter as well, but at least Carpenter has so many good films in the bank that he can still play the game.

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