New Episode of TV TERRORS!

Its been awhile for TV Terrors but here is a brand new episode! and yes it is another Tales from the Crypt review. This time the funniest episode of the crypt..the season 5 episode “Death of Some Salesmen” starring TIM CURRY! in three roles!

TERROR TV FOR HALLOWEEN – MASTERS OF HORROR – Haeckels Tale

masters_of_horror_13_haeckels_tale It is quite depressing that the 00’s Showtime anthology horror show “MASTERS OF HORROR” is seldomly talked about among horror fans. what gives? many of the episodes had a different famous horror director direct them (hence Masters of Horror) and they were filled with stuff horror fans could love very much. Especially John McNaughtons episode based on a Clive Barker story…”HAECKELS TALE” a period piece tale filled with black magic, Gothic cemeteries, rotten zombies, gore and a ghoulish sense of sexuality that involves a young beautiful womans love for her dead husband that “knows no bounds” if you get what im saying.

In the time when the laws of science battled the secrets of magic, medical student Ernst Haeckel (Derek Cecil) believes the power of life,death and resurrection lay in his arrogant hands. But on a jorney to visit his gravely ill father, he finds shelter in the home of an older man and his seductive young wife (Leela Savasta) who cannot be fulfilled by mortal hungers. Somewhere in the darkness of a nearby cemetery, a defiant necromancer (John Polito) will now summon them all to an orgy of the undead and unleash the ultimate depravity for those who do not heed the warning of “HAECKELS TALE”

Haeckels Tale is one strong episode of Masters of Horror and it will appease both horror fans who love the strong shocking stuff and horror fans who love a good Gothic sensabilities. It is directed with good pacing by John Mcnaughton, and the acting is quite good as well especially the beautiful actress Leela Savasta who plays the young wife at first as a innocent yet seductive woman only to turn into a sexually aggresive woman with a love for her dead husband so strong it positively macabre. The cemetery in which most of the “action” happens will please most fans of gothic horror for it is a well set up cemetery with old moldy tombstones and fog shrouded everywhere. And finally the most shocking scene of all, where our young Ernst Haeckel discovers what is all the “moaning” in the cemetery is from is quite a “whoa” moment for the viewer. Rarely if ever do we ever get a rotten zombie-human love making scene and then it goes further when more rotten zombies start to grope our lovelorn woman while she makes love to her dead husband! then to top it all of there even a scene where one character is then ripped apart by two cemetery zombies in gory detail. the whole scene in the cemetery is a Gothic and wonderfully ghoulish and perverse mix of horror,sex and death.

Haeckels Tale sex Scene

So this Halloween season if you want something gothic yet still gruesome and if you want some good horrorfying sex thrown in there (you sick depraved horrorfiends) seek out John McNaughton episode HAECKELS TALE. It is gothic story of grief,power,Sex and death all wrapped up in a ghoulish and perverse bow. – James J. Coker

TERROR TV – Monsters – Bug House

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This incredibly well done episode of “Monsters” titled Bug House is about a woman who visits her younger sister after a year only to discover the house falling apart, her younger sister months pregnant and acting very odd and depressed, and the baby’s father a well groomed,polite yet very mysterious young man named Peter. What’s good about this particular episode is that though the situation of the characters seems realistic the whole tone of the episode is very unsettling and when the younger sister finally gives birth to the “baby” the whole episode turns horrific and you of course find out what has really happened. The episode has a downer ending that you do see coming once the “baby” is born but a decent downer ending at that. If you ever come across the “Monsters” anthology show on Chiller and see the episode Bug House is playing…tune it immediately

-James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR- The Taint

the TaintThis 2010 super low budget and impressive film, distributed by the always outrageous Troma Entertainment, is about a chemical that spills into the water supply and turns all men into raving misogynists. Though there are a lot of gory death scenes of women the tone is incredibly upbeat, over-the-top, goofy, hilarious and really, really fun.  There are blood, brains and semen flying everywhere. The music is quite impressive as well. Though the film is ridiculous and goofy there is an underlining theme that is a giant middle finger towards the male sexual mentality. In a weird way the film is both misogynistic yet feminist. Either way it is a very fun and goofy movie. Check it out!

-James J. Coker