Masters of Horror (2005 series)

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Still depicting Brown Jenkins from "Dreams in the Witch House (2005 short)"
  • Masters of Horror, (2005-2007 television series)
  • Masters of Science Fiction, (2007 television series)
  • Fear Itself, (2008 television series)


Hour-long horror films from famous directors based on horror literature are showcased in this anthology series. After the second season, the series was retooled into Fear Itself (2008 series); a spin-off Masters of Science fiction (2007) was also made.


  • Release Date: 2005-2007 (as Masters of Horror), 2007 (as Masters of Science Fiction), 2008 (as Fear Itself)
  • Country/Language: Canada USA & Japan, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Anthology
  • Starring: various
  • Director: various
  • Writer: H.P. Lovecraft (original story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Showtime, IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment, Nice Guy Productions


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Violence and gore, Nudity, Adult Content, Profanity, etc.)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Barely Lovecraftian)

The series itself is not particularly Lovecraftian, but one episode was based on a Lovecraft story, and a few other episodes were based on stories by writers who influenced Lovecraft or were inspired by him.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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Suggested Episodes

  • "Dreams in the Witch House (2005 short)" (Stuart Gordon)
  • "Cigarette Burns" (John Carpenter), "A man searches for the last surviving print of a rare film which allegedly drove the only audience that ever viewed it into a fit of homicidal frenzy." (compare to In the Mouth of Madness (1994 film))
  • "Fair Haired Child", "A teenage outcast is kidnapped by a strange couple and locked in a basement with their son, who has a dark secret."
  • "The Damned Thing", "The apocalyptic tale of a monstrous, unseen force that devastates Sheriff Kevin Reddle’s family and terrorizes their small Texas community. Based on the short story of the same title by Ambrose Bierce."
  • "The Black Cat" (Stuart Gordon), "In 1841 Philadelphia, Edgar Allan Poe, suffering from writer's block and short on cash, is tormented by his wife's black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories."
  • "Skin & Bones (2008 short)", A hunter returns from an icy winter hunting trip to terrorize his family in the form of a restless cannibal spirit.


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