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on 24 December 2014
Would have given it a two and a half as this selection of stories are really substandard compared to the first season. I am glad that they ended the series when they did as the source material that the directors was filming was not that masterful at all - quite bland really.
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on 29 March 2013
The final volume of the underrated Masters of Horror series, contains six episodes. As always there are plenty of extras to be had. So lets get down n' dirty and review each episode.

First up is We All Scream for Ice Cream. This seems to have received harsh treatment, but in all fairness this is a good episode. Not a classic but good enough. It is of course an IT rip off, but even so there is plenty to enjoy here. The clown is terrific and their is a memorable melting death scene.

Sounds Like is two stories rolled up into one. Involving the same character we go thorugh his harrowing ordeal of losing his son to an accident. But the man also has special hearing powers so even a fly walking on glass sounds loud to him. It's an enjoyable episode- with a killer climax.

Masters of Horror really liked to get underneath it's American viewers skins when it aired. There was Homecoming and Pro Life, but the Washingtonians probably took the biscuit. This fairly enjoybable episode accuses George Washington of being a cannibal- and that if the American public knew this all hell would break loose. There are some wonderful moments (the banquet scene) being the highlight. The end is a little off and silly for a horror show.

The two worst episodes on the set follow. Firstly Tobe Hoopers The Damned Thing. This episode doesn't really go anywhere- sure it starts off brilliantly well, but soon evaporates much like the town in the episode. In short the unexplainable is not explained at all. Not a good episode.

Dream Cruise is another that doesn't come off too well. Remember Twilight Zone season 4, where it just didn't feel like the Twilight Zone? Well this is what you have here. It feels very late 80s with a low budget- the acting is borderline awful. True there are a few genuine scares to be had- but you cannot see yourself rushing to stick this one on anytime soon. Be warned this is 25 mins more than a regular episode.

Final episode is The V Word. On paper I was dreading this one. Two teenage kids bored go to a funeral home to see a real dead body. Wippee. What we get though is a fine story involving vampires. But it doesn't go down the comedy route. This is the key here. It is a very bleak story with dread all around. Some good blood scenes thrown in and a good ending. I really liked this episode a lot, what a surprise.

All in all Vol 2 is not the strongest- It's probably the weakest, however 4 of the 6 episodes are good enough.
Here is my ranking;

1. The V Word 4/5
2. Sounds Like 4/5
3. We All Scream for Ice Cream 3/5
4. The Washingtonians 3/5
5. The Damned Thing 2/5
6. Dream Cruise 2/5
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This is a great collection of tales but in my opinion it just falls short of the first volume of season two.
The first "We All Scream For Ice-Cream" (Tom Holland) is Ok as a tale of revenge from beyond the grave, and I did like the double twist at the end but it fell a little short.
The second is a real slow burner "Sounds Like" (Brad Anderson) this is a great tale of a man's descent into madness as his hearing becomes so acute the slightest noise drives him mad.
Next up "The Washingtonians" (Peter Medak) a nice example of US iconoclasm as one of America's most revered figures, George Washington, is found to have had a particularly gruesome secret. I love the reactions to the new image on the dollar bill at the end.
"The Damned Thing" by Tobe Hooper is an adaptation of an old Ambrose Bierce tale and it also works very well, I love the downbeat ending.
The weakest tale is "Dream Cruise" (Norio Tsuruta) which is a tale of revenge and redemption largely set at sea. The thing that did not work for me was the spectral image of the villain's wife. There are some nods to the Ring movies, Tsuruta directed Ringu 0 (the worst of that series), with the appearance of the ghost and some of the sound effects, fans will recognise them. It's not bad, it's just in comparison to some of the other tales here it does not fare well.
The closer "The V Word" (Ernest Dickerson) where two youngsters break into a funeral parlour and come across a vampire, played by cult favourite Michael Ironside. Well done Dickerson for some originality by reversing the roles and having the guy who would have been killed in most other movies survive.
The extras again are plentiful, there's commentaries, screenplays (on DVD-ROM) and documentaries, what more do you want?
The Masters of Horror series was a great idea, and in the main was a success with some truly great stories, many thanks to Mick Garris for this superb idea.
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VINE VOICEon 22 February 2008
Final part of the Horror anthology series. Not quite as good as Series 1, or series 2 part 1, but still well worth watching, and a whole lot better than most US TV offerings. Sadly the series was cancelled after season 2, as was its sister show "Masters of Science Fiction" after just a few episodes. Unfortunately the viewing figures in the U.S dictate what stays and what goes, and theses shows didn't rate highly enough (too challenging for trailer folk perhaps??!!)
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on 11 May 2016
The item is very good.
the sound and the pictures is very good.
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on 10 January 2013
I dont know english very well.
Very beatifull Good Series... Good box...You sent very quickly ...Tank you very much... See you...
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on 29 May 2015
very good scary stuff
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on 12 July 2008
After the ploughing through the rest,MoH Series 2 Vol 2 is surprisingly decent and more consistent.
The entries are as follows:

We All Scream For Ice Cream(Dir Tom Holland)
Stephen King rip off about a man who returns to his hometown bringing with him the ice cream selling clown of his youth who intends to exact revenge on a group of childhood friends for a prank that misfired.Okay but terribly unoriginal.

Sounds Alike (Dir Brad Anderson)
More like it as Anderson,director of Session 9 and the excellent The Machinist,sets out a creepy tale about a grieving father Chris Bauer whose hearing intensifies to all most unbearable level and sends the poor chap over the edge.Genuinely atmospheric with a haunting final shot.

The Washingtonians(Dir Peter Medak)
Veteran Medak does well here with a creepy,logical and good story about a group of "cannibals"dedicated to preserving George Washington's legacy and ensuring that no-one finds out about his apparent taste for human flesh.When Jonathon Schaech and family stumble upon proof the Washingtonians spring into action.Slightly comical at the end when it should be creepy and Saul Rubinek is awful but at least some wit and imagination on display here for a change.

The Damned Thing(Dir Tobe Hooper)
Save for a nasty,cynical ending,Hooper's entry is pretty good throughout.
Sheriff Reddle,estranged from his family begins to suspect that a force which compelled his father to murder his mother and try to kill him as a child is back and it wants him.Decent tension,comical undertones and some good solid gore makes The Damned Thing one of the best entries in the series.

Dream Cruise(Dir Norio Tsuruta)
Extended length okay Japanese entry about an American attorney Daniel Gillies living in Japan and haunted by a childhood tragedy at sea who is forced to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with his lover's husband aboard his yacht.Basically Dark Water at sea with the usual "ringu" set pieces and thus inherently derivative.

The v Word(Dir Ernest Dickerson)
Final entry has two video game obssessed friends getting more that they bargained for from a late night visit to a funeral home.Michael Ironside plays it up as the resident vampire and the whole thing belts along with
heavy doses of gore and jolts.Not bad at all.

Certainly better than other sets and much more consistent in tone and quality,MoH nevertheless falls well short of its aspirations.
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on 30 April 2016
Good
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on 26 June 2015
don't know given as a gift
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