Best Masters Of Horror episode?

Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by KillerCannabis, Jan 28, 2006.

?

Favorite episode?

  1. Incident On And Off A Mountain Road

    10.3%
  2. Dreams In The Witch House

    10.3%
  3. Dance Of The Dead

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Jenifer

    17.2%
  5. Chocolate

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Homecoming

    6.9%
  7. Deer Woman

    5.2%
  8. Cigarette Burns

    34.5%
  9. Fair-Haired Child

    1.7%
  10. Sick Girl

    6.9%
  11. Pick Me Up

    1.7%
  12. Haeckel's Tale

    5.2%
  1. KillerCannabis

    KillerCannabis Slow, Deep & Hard

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2000
    Messages:
    5,609
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    So Cal
    Now that Season 1 is officially (and grudgingly) over, what was the best episode of the 12 that aired?

    For the record, I still went with Cigarette Burns while I thought Sick Girl was the most horrid turd of the bunch. Ok, so was Dance Of The Dead.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2006
  2. Spitfire

    Spitfire Suspiria

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    Messages:
    774
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    last house on the right on the corner
    For me it's incident on and off a mountain road, simply because it was the first episode, and got me hooked as soon as I saw it. The series started with a bang with this show, and after all the episodes (favorites like Jenifer, sick girl, and some others) this remains my sole favorite next to Argento's.

    Moonface was an awesome character.

    And I did enjoy Cigarrete Burns as well, I'd say in my top 4.
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2006
  3. indiephantom

    indiephantom Horny Spirit

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2000
    Messages:
    4,014
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Ghost World
    Good first year. The biggest challenge seemed to be the hour-long format. Stories were either too thin and felt like 30 minute pieces stretched out (eg. Dance of the Dead, ...or were cut short of their potential in pieces that would have been served better by a feature length and more character and story development (eg. Cigarette Burns, Pick Me Up). And my personal problem was just too much quirkiness and not enough damn scares!

    Dante's "Homecoming" is the pick for me and I'm ecstatic about the wide degree of critical acclaim it's received. Just picked up the issue of Cinemascope that has it as the cover story (great piece). It's pretty well tied with "Jenifer" in my mind. Those were fantastic episodes!

    My best to worst (the first three are really my recommendations):

    1. Homecoming
    2. Jenifer
    3. Incident On and Off a Mountain Road

    4. Sick Girl
    5. Chocolate
    6. Cigarette Burns
    7. Dreams in the Witch-House
    8. Dance of the Dead
    9. Pick Me Up
    10.Haeckel's Tale
    11.Deer Woman
    12.The Fair-Haired Child

    Need to see Miike's episode. :fire:
     
  4. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2001
    Messages:
    10,748
    Likes Received:
    636
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Keene, NH
    It's a bit early to call it, but Haeckel's Tale may be the winner this season. I got a total "Hammer Horror" vibe from it, like it's an extension of what Hammer could have been had they never went out of business back in the 70s. Basically I loved every episode out of the 12 with exception to Dance of the Dead and Chocolate. I thought Fair Haired Child and Pick Me Up were good, but flawed. Pick Me Up I would have liked more without the twist ending.
     
  5. indiephantom

    indiephantom Horny Spirit

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2000
    Messages:
    4,014
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Ghost World
    why? Isn't the season over, save for the missing Miike episode?
     
  6. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2001
    Messages:
    10,748
    Likes Received:
    636
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Keene, NH
    I say that it's a bit early because I've only just watched the last episode this past evening. I'm going to let it sink in a bit before I judge which episode is "best", if you don't mind. :)
     
  7. sacateca

    sacateca Guest

    Still easily Cigarette Burns for me, with the top five being:
    Cigarette Burns
    Dance of the Dead
    Sick Girl
    Incidents on and off the Mountain Road
    Dreams in the Witch-House

    But i would imagine Takashi Miike's episode would be in the top three, or maybe even at the top...he is generally and potentially a more substantial director than even Carpenter.
     
  8. Cujo108

    Cujo108 Guest

    Here's how I'd rank the series:

    1: Dance of the Dead
    2: Cigarette Burns
    3: Haekel's Tale
    4: Sick Girl
    5: Incident on and Off a Mountain Road
    6: Chocolate
    7: Deer Woman
    8: Homecoming
    9: Dreams in the Witch House
    10: Pick Me Up
    11: Fair-Haired Child
    12: Jenifer

    The awful Jenifer is the only one I found without any merit. Fair-Haired Child and Pick Me Up had their flaws, but they were enjoyable enough overall.
     
  9. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2001
    Messages:
    10,748
    Likes Received:
    636
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Keene, NH
    1. Haeckel's Tale
    2. Cigarette Burns
    3. Dreams in the Witch House
    4. Homecoming
    5. Deer Woman
    6. Jenifer
    7. Incident on and off a Mountain Road
    8. Sick Girl
    9. Pick Me Up
    10. Fair Haired Child
    11. Chocolate
    12. Dance of the Dead

    4 through 10 are very close in enjoyment for me. Each one is only marginally better than the next and on any given day will place higher or lower in my ranking depending on my mood at the moment. The top and bottom two movies are unlikely to change positions on my list, ever.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2006
  10. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2001
    Messages:
    12,507
    Likes Received:
    54
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Under a rock
    Haven't watched Haekel's Tale yet.
    So far I'm leaning towards Cigarette Burns, Incident, or Homecoming. Pick Me Up gets a special nod as maybe the most entertaining to me, although I don't feel it was the best. Not sure how that works, but it just feels that way.
    All of them had some redeeming value, great series.
    Can't wait to see Imprint and next season!
     
  11. dwatts

    dwatts New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2002
    Messages:
    16,580
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Crashed
    I've only seen two of these, Jenifer rocked though.
     
  12. indiephantom

    indiephantom Horny Spirit

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2000
    Messages:
    4,014
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Ghost World
    I do mind. I want your list now. :D
     
  13. Cujo, it felt so good to read someone else saying Jenifer sucked.

    No contest for me, I voted for Cigarette Burns. The episode could have been a feature length film. It far outshined any of the other episodes.

    My complete list:

    1. Cigarette Burns
    2. Incident on and off a Mountain Road
    3. Pick Me Up
    4. Sick Girl
    5. Homecoming
    6. Fair Haired Child
    7. Dreams in the Witch House
    8. Deer Woman
    9. Haeckel's Tale
    10. Chocolate
    11. Dance of the Dead
    112. Jenifer

    Numbers 3-9 were all close, cause I loved the ones I've rated 1-9....10 was a little further behind. 11 was atrocious, and I rated Jenifer 112 because there are at least 100 more gruesome things I'd rather watch than that thing.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 29, 2006
  14. dwatts

    dwatts New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2002
    Messages:
    16,580
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Crashed
    The other one I saw was the one by Tobe Hooper - sorry didn't catch the title on it. It was so utterly irredemably bad, it was amazing I bothered to catch another episode. I did though, and was glad of it.
     
  15. Tawny

    Tawny You guys got sour balls?

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,607
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Jenifer
     
  16. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2001
    Messages:
    10,748
    Likes Received:
    636
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Keene, NH
    Check three posts above yours. :p
     
  17. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2002
    Messages:
    6,064
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Mississauga, ON, Canada
    If I had to rank them I think it would go.

    1.Jenifer
    2.Sick Girl
    3.Cigarette Burns
    4.Dreams In The Witch House
    5.Dance Of The Dead
    6.Incident On And Off A Mountain Road
    7.Haeckel's Tale
    8.Chocolate
    9.Deer Woman
    10.Homecoming
    11.Fair-Haired Child
    12.Pick Me Up
     
  18. onebyone

    onebyone Guest

    I probably should have waited until I had seen all of these to vote (yes I am Captain Obvious), because I want my vote back. Incident On And Off A Mountain Road just blew me the hell away. It may not have been a totally new and shocking story, but for whatever reason, I really connected to it. It seemed organic and real to me and just kicked my ass. I loved it and am thisclose to going to buy this DVD right now. It's my favorite so far by many miles. Most movies aren't even close to that good and emotionally involving.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 12, 2006
  19. Spitfire

    Spitfire Suspiria

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    Messages:
    774
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    last house on the right on the corner
    Incident on and off is my favorite one too. I know its a simple killer in the woods tale, but it was so well directed and I loved the character "Moon Face". I got addicted to the series from the get-go after I saw it. This episode could've easily been a great full feature film; very Texas Chainsaw. I picked up the DVD and I definitely think you should get it, the interviews, behind the scenes, and the audio mix is great. I'm waiting for Jenifer and Sick Girl.

    This is the way I would rate them (top 4):

    1. Incident on and off a Mountain Road.
    2. Jenifer
    3. Sick Girl
    4. Cigarette Burns

    I would buy all these.
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2006
  20. Anthropophagus

    Anthropophagus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2004
    Messages:
    4,035
    Likes Received:
    379
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Canada
    I loved Incident On and Off A Mountain Road, the rest that I have seen left me cold. Found the majority dull and tedious.
     

Share This Page