Monday, July 16, 2007

Dreams in the Witch House

H.P. Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch House (2005)
Masters of Horror, episode 2

Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Written by: Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft (hence the title)
Starring: Ezra Godden, Chelah Horsdal, Campbell Lane, Jay Brazeau, Yevgen Voronin, Susanna Uchatius, David Racz, Nicholas Racz

Another episode of the television program Masters of Horror which I borrowed on DVD from my library. I think this is the last of the single episodes that they have, but I have Season One parts one and two on hold. Ha ha ha...

This one is about a student who rents a room in an old house so he can study and work on his thesis in peace. He notices that three walls in his room converge at a certain angle which he believes is the specific angle at which different universes intersect (or something. I think it had to do with String Theory, of which I know very little). I didn't explain that particularly well, but who cares. There's this evil witch who is living in another universe and wants him to kill his neighbor's baby. And there's a rat with a human face. Weird.

Extremely weird. Better than Cigarette Burns, though. Just about anything is better than Cigarette Burns. This was pretty good. Some of it was a little lame - the guy banging his head on the chair downstairs was freaky, but I mean, really.

The acting/writing/art direction was pretty good though. That house was beautiful. Most of the insides were sets, I'm sure, but they looked good. The SFX weren't especially great, but they were used very sparingly. The human-faced rat was mostly shot in close up, so it didn't look too bad.

An interesting point is that, in the end, they killed the baby. (Spoiler warning) Not too many people have the guts to kill the baby in a movie, or even the little kid. The baby never gets killed. The baby gets rescued in as cute a way as possible. They kill the main character, too, in a rather nasty way (I'll leave that for you. That's the piece of information I withhold). And the witch. And the head banging old man. They kill frigging everybody. Good ending. Lots of blood.

I have to pat them on the back for that. I find babies in movies, particularly these kinds of movies, are extremely obnoxious and I always hope they get killed. This one really paid off. They made me almost care about the baby, though, which is interesting.

Pretty good. I liked it. Even though it was weird as hell. I'm kind of liking this show. It's a good thing. I wonder if it's still running... I have no idea. I'm not even sure if it's on television. I heard they were just releasing it straight to DVD.


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