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Good but not quite up to volume 1 standards
on 15 March 2008
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.