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Masters of Horror is a Showtime original series. The series ran for two seasons and featured thirteen different episodes per season. Each episode was one hour in length and featured a different story line. Showtime put together a number of the biggest names in horror story writing and directing to create this series show. Each episode is directed by a different famous horror director. Some famous directors works include John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.

In addition to famous names involved with directing these episodes, well known actors also participated in this series. One name known for horror that appears in the episode Dance of the Dead is Robert Englund. This story centers around the few people in a small town who survived nuclear fall out. The towns entertainment consists of the reanimated corpses of their family and friends as they dance on stage at a local club.

Another television notable actor who appears in the episode entitled Family is George Wendt, who is most known for his role in the television series Cheers. In this story a young couple learns that their seemingly normal next door neighbor isn't all that he appears to be. His family is actually a group of skeletons that he dresses up and talks to and in his mind they talk back to him.

Other notable actors for the series include Micheal Ironside, Christopher Lloyd, and Chris Bauer. Story lines include traditional horror elements such as zombies, vampires and demons. Other more twisted tales touch on the psychological and scientific. Serial killers and parasites play with the lives of many in these horror episodes. Twists and turns in the stories leave the viewer guessing as to the outcome of the episode. Who if anyone will survive?

Masters of Horror is made for adult viewers. This series is rated restricted due to content. Some subject matter that viewers may find disturbing include blood and gore, nudity and violence. This show is not intended for young viewers.

Fridays at 10:00 pm on Showtime
2 Seasons, 27 Episodes - Canceled
October 28, 2005
Horror & Suspense
7.6/10
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  • Daniel Gillies of SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3 stars as an American attorney in Japan whose childhood trauma has left him with a crippling fear of the ocean. But when he begins a dangerous affair with the wife of a wealthy client, a sunset boat trip will reveal the violence and vengeance that waits just below the surface. How do you unleash the horrific ghosts of everyone's past? Just add water!Ryo Ishibashi of AUDITION and THE GRUDGE co-stars in this creepy shocker adapted from the short story by legendary Japanese horror novelist K??ji Suzuki ? creator of DARK WATER and THE RING/RINGU series ? where the ultimate nightmares come to life aboard a DREAM CRUISE.

  • What if everything we believe about our sacred icons of American history turned out to be a complete lie? Suppose, for example, that The Father Of Our Country was actually a blood-crazed cannibal? Jonathon Schaech and Saul Rubinek star in this gruesome tale about the discovery of a Revolutionary War artifact that proves George Washington's famed wooden teeth hungered for more than just liberty. How far will a group of homicidal historians now go to keep a hero's grisly legacy alive? Would our government deliberately hide the truth to cover-up the meat of the matter? A feast of answers ? complete with huge helpings of human carnage ? will all be served at the final banquet of THE WASHINGTONIANS.

  • "Perversity," wrote Edgar Allan Poe, is "the human thirst for self torture." Jeffrey Combs of RE-ANIMATOR fame delivers an electrifying performance as the legendary writer driven to debt and drunken folly by a world cruelly indifferent to his poetry. But is it his beloved wife's agonizing death by consumption or her deranged pet feline that will soon trigger the scribe's most ghastly acts of madness? Director Stuart Gordon and longtime collaborator Dennis Paoli (RE- ANIMATOR, DAGON, CASTLE FREAK) co-wrote this grisly exploration of horror fiction's dark genius, condemned to a living hell of illusion, insanity and beyond by THE BLACK CAT.

  • William Forsythe of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS stars as Buster The Clown, a mentally challenged man who sells ice cream his Cheery Tyme truck until a cruel prank by a bunch of neighborhood boys goes horrifically wrong. A generation later they're all grown men with families, but the crime of their past may now be trolling for their children: Buster and his truck have returned for sweet revenge, and every frozen treat will bring its own taste of Hell. Lee Tergesen (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) co-stars in this tasty chiller adapted by ?splatterpunk' writer David J Schow (PICK ME UP) from the short story by best-selling author John Farris (THE FURY).

  • Late at night on a lonely country road, Cliff Addison (Martin Donovan of THE DEAD ZONE and WEEDS) and his wife Abby are involved in a fiery car wreck that leaves Cliff unhurt and his wife hideously burned. As Abby lies comatose, kept alive only by life support, her charred spirit seeks vengeance on those who profit from her plight including a slick attorney (Corbin Bernsen). Amidst a storm of angry relatives and pushy reporters, a controversial issue is about to take a horrific turn: Even if Cliff can now find a way to keep his wife alive, will a monstrous secret condemn him to a living hell forever?

  • It is called Highberger House, a place for unpublished writers to live and work without distractions while they continue to pile up rejection letters. But this building is haunted by more than just the specter of failed authors: There is the ghost of a beautiful woman in the hallways who cries out in fear and desire. And there is a beast in the walls that owns her body and soul, and now fiends for the blood of his creators. Christopher Lloyd, Tyron Leitso (HOUSE OF THE DEAD), and Tony Todd (CANDYMAN) star in this sexually charged shocker adapted from the story by Clive Barker about doomed dreams, rotted imaginations and the horrific secret that has given life to VALERIE ON THE STAIRS.

  • It begins with a terrifying rash of isolated homicides Around the world, normal male sexual urges have suddenly transformed into violent rage. Now a pair of scientists (Jason Priestley and Elliott Gould) are in a desperate race against time to figure out how ? and why ? the war between the sexes has turned murderous. Is a mysterious virus making every red-blooded man a potential lady-killer? Kerry Norton (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) costars in this graphic and provocative shocker written by Sam Hamm (BATMAN, HOMECOMING) from the award-winning short story by James Tiptree Jr.

  • Meat Loaf Aday stars as Jake Feldman, a shorttempered furrier struggling to build a small-time business while being tormented by his obsession for a sexy stripper. But when a sadistic backwoods trapper (John Saxon of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and Argento's TENEBRE) kills a strange group of pet raccoons, Jake knows their luxurious hides could make a coat that will change his fortunes forever. Only these are no ordinary pelts: Everyone who comes in contact with the cursed furs is soon driven to unspeakable acts of self-mutilation and extreme violence. Even if Jake can now possess the flesh he desperately covets, what horrific final price will he pay for the skin he's in?

  • For the dedicated staff of an isolated women's clinic, the ultimate nightmare is waiting to explode. Trapped inside is a terrified pregnant 15-year-old girl. Lurking outside, her crazed anti-abortion activist father (Ron Perlman of HELLBOY) and heavily armed brothers are ready to smash their way in. In this health- centerturned- slaughterhouse, there is only one certainty ? there will be Hell to pay. Emmanuelle Vaugier (SAW II, SMALLVILLE) and Mark Feuerstein (THE WEST WING) co-star in this graphic and provocative shocker directed by John Carpenter.

  • For two geeky best friends who've only experienced carnage via their video games, it's the ultimate late night dare: Ever seen a real dead guy? But when the pair breaks into a creepy local mortuary, they unleash a ferocious ghoul (Michael Ironside of SCANNERS and STARSHIP TROOPERS) who's hungry to share a few depraved urges of his own. Even if these pals- forlife can resist a violent suburban blood-spree, is there any peer pressure more horrific than that of the undead? Jodelle Ferland of SILENT HILL co-stars in this grisly twist on teenage vampirism written by series creator Mick Garris

  • It's a beautiful day in suburbia where mild-mannered bachelor Harold Thompson (George Wendt of CHEERS) is happily at work in his basement building the perfect family. But when a young couple moves in nextdoor, Harold sets his sights on the sexy young wife (Meredith Monroe of DAWSON'S CREEK). In a sunshine world of picket fences and manicured lawns, is it ever possible to know what gruesome plans are percolating in the minds of your neighbors? Matt Keeslar (SCREAM 3, ROSE RED) co-stars in this grisly black comedy with a killer twist from Director John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, ANIMAL HOUSE) and Writer Brent Hanley (FRAILTY).

  • Twenty-four years ago, outside a small Texas town, young Kevin Reddle watched helplessly as his oilman father brutally slaughtered his mother before being torn apart by an invisible force. Today the county Sheriff, Kevin (Sean Patrick Flanery of THE BOONDOCK SAINTS) remains haunted by memories of that night and the fear that "the damned thing" may someday return. Now as the citizens of Cloverdale explode into a homicidal frenzy, the one man who has uncovered the truth is about to meet his own horrific destiny. Marisa Coughlan (BOSTON LEGAL) and Ted Raimi (THE GRUDGE) co-star in this blood-soaked shocker written by Richard Christian Matheson from the classic short story by Ambrose Bierce.

  • In 19th century Japan, an American journalist (Billy Drago of The Hills Have Eyes) searches for the prostitute he'd loved and left behind years earlier. Directed by Takashi Miike.

  • In 19th century Japan, an American journalist (Billy Drago of THE HILLS HAVE EYES) searches for the prostitute he'd loved and left behind years earlier. But on an island where demons and whores rule the night, a deformed courtesan awaits with a tale of extreme cruelty and perverse vengeance. What follows is an unspeakable orgy of torment and depravity, where the lusts of the damned will inflict wounds that remain forever. This is IMPRINT. Youki Kudoh of MYSTERY TRAIN and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA co-stars in this justifiably controversial mindblower directed by Takashi Miike (AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER), based on the Japanese horror novel Bokee Kyotee and adapted by AUDITION screenwriter Daisuke Tengan, now presented completely uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America.

  • On a desolate stretch of mountain road, two urban myths collide in one night of chilling carnage - Wheeler (Michael Moriarty of "LAW & ORDER" and THE STUFF) is a friendly truck driver who enjoys slaughtering hitchhikers; Walker (Warren Kole) is a charming hitchhiker who prefers to butcher anyone who gives him a ride. Caught in the dueling psychos' depraved game of cat and mouse, Stacia (Fairuza Balk of THE CRAFT and AMERICAN HISTORY X) must find a way to outwit Wheeler and Walker before it is too late. But is the most horrific twist of all yet to come? Laurene Landon (MANIAC COP, HUNDRA) co-stars in this perverse tale written by 'splatterpunk' author David J. Schow (THE CROW, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE:THE BEGINNING) and directed by Master Of Horror Larry Cohen, the creator of IT'S ALIVE, BLACK CAESAR and Q:THE WINGED SERPENT.

  • Angela Bettis (MAY, TOOLBOX MURDERS) stars as a shy entomologist whose drab life is changed by the simultaneous arrival of a large, mysterious bug and a torrid affair with a sexy young woman (Erin Brown, aka erotic scream queen Misty Mundae). But when the bizarre insect chooses a shocking place to secretly feed, Sapphic ecstasy turns to infection, mutation and murder. Will these lesbian lovers let a venomous threesome tear them apart, or is the most horrific metamorphosis of all yet to come? Co-written and directed by Lucky McKee, this babes 'n' bugs shocker features extreme monster mayhem by KNB EFX (LAND OF THE DEAD, HOSTEL) in one of the most unique films of the series Fangoria calls "A smashing success and one of the best anthology fright shows ever!"

  • Film is magic. And in the right hands, it can be a weapon. For on-the-ropes movie programmer Kirby Sweetman (Norman Reedus of THE BOONDOCK SAINTS and BLADE II), the holy grail of cinema is LE FIN ABSOLUE DU MONDE, a legendary lost movie whose sole showing was rumored to have driven its audience to a homicidal frenzy. But as Kirby gets closer to the truth about the film, he's sucked into a private hell of grisly hallucinations and brutal acts of violence. Now the only surviving print of the film is within his grasp & and the most horrific screening of all is about to begin. Udo Kier (SUSPIRIA,THE KINGDOM) co-stars in this gore-drenched mind-blower written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, and directed by horror legend John Carpenter, the creator of THE THING, THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THEY LIVE and HALLOWEEN.

  • It's a few weeks before the Presidential election and an unpopular war still rages overseas. But when the Republican administration wishes that our dead troops could return to tell America how proud they were to serve their country, veterans begin to rise from their flag-draped coffins for the most horrific reason of all: to vote. Are they gloriously resurrected heroes or braindead zombie dissidents? And even if the administration can devise the proper spin in time to steal their re-election, will an army of men and women killed for a lie finally show our nation the true face of hell? Jon Tenney (THE CLOSER), Thea Gill (QUEER AS FOLK) and Robert Picardo (STAR TREK:VOYAGER) star in this provocative stunner from director Joe Dante (GREMLINS,THE HOWLING, PIRANHA) that The Village Voice calls "jaw-dropping and easily one of the most important political films of the era!"

  • Jamie (Henry Thomas of GANGS OF NEW YORK) is a depressed young divorced man who creates artificial flavorings until the day his life is hijacked by a series of random sensory flashes. Psychically linked to an unknown beautiful woman (Lucie Laurier), Jamie suddenly begins to experience all the pain, passion and forbidden pleasures of her existence. But when a murderous vision rips his obsession wide open, Jamie is driven to track down and confess his love to this mystery mate. Will psychosexual hunger lead to the girl of his dreams or does the ultimate horror await the lonely man who tastes someone else's chocolate? Matt Frewer (DAWN OF THE DEAD) co-stars in this sexy and twisted shocker written and directed by MASTERS OF HORROR creator Mick Garris, the director of THE STAND, RIDING THE BULLET and THE SHINING.

  • Steven Weber of THE SHINING, THE STAND and DESPERATION stars as Frank Spivey, a detective who rescues a strange young girl (Carrie Anne Fleming) with a horribly disfigured face and lusciously ripe body from a deranged killer. But when Spivey takes responsibility for the mentally challenged orphan, she reveals herself to be a creature of untold carnal pleasures and unspeakable violent depravities that may lead him straight to hell. She is seductress, psychopath and succubus all in one and her name is JENIFER. The legendary Dario Argento directs this jaw-dropper that features a haunting score by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin (DAWN OF THE DEAD, TENEBRE).

  • In the near future when nuclear war has turned much of our world into wasteland, the youth of America have become drug-crazed sociopaths who lawlessly prowl what's left. But for pretty teenage Peggy (Jessica Lowndes), her sheltered life is far removed from underground club The Doom Room where a depraved MC (Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger from NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET fame) provides immoral entertainment for the murderous masses. Tonight, the most horrific stage show of all is about to begin and Peggy's young innocence will come to a brutal end forever. Jonathan Tucker (of HOSTAGE and the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake) co-stars in this extreme shocker adapted by Richard Christian Matheson from the celebrated short story by his father Richard Matheson (writer of I AM LEGEND, DUEL and STIR OF ECHOES) and featuring music by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.

  • You've always got to expect the unexpected and do the unexpected. It's the chilling advice a young woman (Bree Turner) thinks about late one night on a lonely stretch of mountain road. The warning, from her survivalist ex-husband, becomes all too real when a car accident leaves her alone, hurt and hunted by a backwoods maniac called "Moonface" (John De Santis). She's learned how to live. She's been trained how to kill. But when trapped in a monster's killing ground, will she know how to survive the most horrific confrontation of all? Ethan Embry and Angus "The Tall Man" Scrimm co-star in this grisly shocker directed by Don Coscarelli and adapted from the short story by Joe R. Lansdale (BUBBA HO-TEP) that The New York Daily News hails as "tantalizingly creepy and scary good!"

Most Popular Masters of Horror Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 2 Dreams In The Witch House - Stuart Gordon 11/04/2005
  • Season 2 Episode 9 Right to Die 1/05/2007

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