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->''Their wildest dreams are your worst nightmares.''
-->--'''Tagline'''

'''''Masters of Horror''''' was a GenreAnthology on {{Showtime}}, created by horror film director Mick Garris.

The idea sprung from a series of dinners that Garris had held with other horror film directors, and the satisfying experience and the directors' admiration of each other's works lead Garris to create this series in 2005. The basic idea was a series of one-hour films, each directed by a well-known horror director. The series featured contributions from directors as diverse as DarioArgento, TobeHooper, JohnCarpenter and TakashiMiike, and received wide critical acclaim.

The series ran for two seasons on Showtime. ''Series/FearItself'', another GenreAnthology in the same format and created by the same team, premiered on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2008, and was cancelled after its first season. Another similar show called ''Masters of Science Fiction'' (again from the same creators) premiered on ABC in 2007, but only ran six episodes before being cancelled. ''Masters of Italian Horror'' is also in the works, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin focusing solely on Italian directors]]. IDW Publishing is also adapting several of the episodes as comic books.

The episodes, in order of broadcast, and the tropes they contained were as follows:

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!!Season One

[[folder:Incident On and Off a Mountain Road]]
Directed by [[Film/{{Phantasm}} Don Coscarelli]] and based on a short story by [[BubbaHoTep Joe R. Lansdale]]. While driving in the night by a lonely mountain road, young Ellen (Bree Turner) suffers a car crash and comes across a deranged, monster-like SerialKiller nicknamed "Moonface" (John deSantis). In order to survive, Ellen must put in practice the lessons she received from her CrazySurvivalist husband Bruce (Ethan Embry).

* ActionGirl: Ellen.
* {{Asexuality}}: According to Buddy, Moonface is not interested in "sexual things".
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Ellen murders Bruce after he rapes her.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Moonface.
* {{Bookends}}: [[spoiler:The film begins and ends with a closeup of Ellen's eye as she drives down the road.]]
* TheBrute: Moonface.
* CrazySurvivalist: Bruce, bordering ProperlyParanoid.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Moonface meets his end after falling into a ravine.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Subverted with Ellen. Played straighter with the Young Woman.
* DomesticAbuser: Bruce becomes an emotional abuser towards Ellen as their marriage disintegrates, [[spoiler:then, after she leaves him, he resorts to physical abuse, including rape.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: [[spoiler:Ellen, after all the shit she's been through, becomes this at the end.]]
* EvilAlbino: Moonface.
* EyeScream: Moonface uses a drill press to remove the eyes of his victims. While still alive.
* GoingCommando: Ellen, after using her panties for a BoobyTrap.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The camera quickly cuts away before any actual [[EyeScream eyeball penetration]] is shown, though the blood-soaked drill is shown afterwards.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Ellen is implied to have become this at the end.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The Young Woman is imapled through the thigh by one of Ellen's traps, which was intended for Moonface.]]
* IronicEcho: ''Sssshhhh...!''
* MacGyvering: Ellen manages to quickly fashion a booby trap for Moonface using some sticks and her own panties.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Ellen killed Bruce and was going to dispose of his body when she suffered the accident. She ends making it look like Bruce was another victim of Moonface.]]
* SerialKiller: Moonface again.
* StockholmSyndrome: Buddy became incredibly loyal to Moonface after being his captive for so long.
* TalkativeLoon: Buddy.
* TwistEnding
* TheVoiceless: Moonface.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Courtesy of Ellen after she wakes up in Moonface's cabin.
* WouldHurtAChild: A dessicated baby corpse is amongst Moonface's "trophies".
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[[folder:Dreams in the Witch-House]]
Directed by [[ReAnimator Stuart Gordon]] and based on a short story by Creator/HPLovecraft. College student Walter Gillman (Ezra Godden) rents a room in a colonial house looking for a quiet environment wherein to study his grade on Quantum Mechanics. However, he soon begins to experience some weird and very vivid dreams till he is convinced that a 17th century witch wants him to sacrifice the baby of the woman next door (Chelah Horsdal).

* BilingualBonus: The OminousLatinChanting that is heard during the two apparitions of the witch is actually a Spanish song about HumanSacrifice.
* CassandraTruth: Nobody believes Walter's claims about the witch, especially [[spoiler:after he is arrested and interred in an asylum, accused of Danny's murder]]. To be fair, would you have believed him?
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The elderly tenant.
* DiabolusExMachina: At the end, [[spoiler:Walter is killed by Brown Jenkins while interned in a mental asylum]].
* DownerEnding
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After the plan to stop Danny's sacrifice fails, the elderly tenant hangs himself.]]
* EyeScream: The way Walter [[spoiler:brings down the witch]].
* {{Familiar}}: Brown Jenkin.
* {{Fanservice}}: The witch's way to bring Walter to the dark side surely worked on a great number of viewers... although it quickly becomes FanDisservice.
* GenderFlip: Frank Elwood from the original short story is changed into a woman named Frances in this episode.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Brown Jenkin, the [[BrainBleach human-faced rat]] that accompanies the witch.
* HotMom: Frances. Walter's definitely attracted to her.
* HumanResources: The Necronomicon has tapes of human skin.
* HumanSacrifice: With a twist. According to the old tenant, what the witch is after in reality is the soul of the man that performs the sacrifice, not the child's.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted. The witch has been manipulating unfortunate men into killing children for centuries, and poor Danny meets his end at the teeth of Brown Jenkin.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr. Dombrowski, the manager.
* LargeHam: Brown Jenkin.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: At one point, Walter ponders that the witch's abilities came from having mastered [[MagicFromTechnology quantum mechanics to travel within dimensions]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Just as Walter kills the witch and saves little Danny, Brown Jenkins comes out of nowhere and kills the baby]].
* ShoutOut: [[Film/TheShining The witch takes the form of an attractive naked woman to seduce the protagonist, and reveals her true old, hideous image after she has done it]]. Also, the OminousLatinChanting heard during this scene contains the line [[CthulhuMythos "Iah! Iah!"]]
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler:The elderly tenant reveals to Walter that he killed an unspecified amount of children under the influence of the witch, and is, understandably, deeply regretful about it.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Necronomicon.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Walter and Frances.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[Film/ReAnimator Frequent]] [[Film/FromBeyond collaborator]] JeffreyCombs was Gordon's original pick for the role of Mr. Dombrowski, but was unavailable.
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[[folder:Dance of the Dead]]
Directed by TobeHooper and based InNameOnly on a short story by RichardMatheson. Peggy (Jessica Lowndes) is a 17 year-old girl who lives with her overprotective mother Kate (Marylyn Norry) in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] US TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Her father died in WorldWarThree and her older sister Anna went missing some years after that. Shortly after meeting a teenage punk named Jak ([[TheRuins Jonathan Tucker]]), Peggy ignores the advice of her mother and accompanies him to The Doom Room, a nightclub in the nearby town of Muskeet run by an eccentric manager known only as "the MC" (Creator/RobertEnglund), where the main attraction is the so called ''[[TitleDrop Dance of the Dead]]''.

* AfterTheEnd: The setting.
* DenOfIniquity: The Doom Room.
* {{Fanservice}}: Many of the workers in The Doom Room go topless.
* ForScience: Used as an apparent legal cover by the MC, as he likes to remind the audience before [[spoiler: showing them some reanimated cadavers that his assistants make "dance" with electric shocks]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[ThePowerOfLove Jak joins Peggy]] against the MC [[spoiler:and helps her "rescue" her zombified sister Anna]]. Ironically, this act sets off the chain of events that ends with [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Peggy becoming one of the regulars]] at The Doom Room, and her dead mother becoming the Doom Room's newest "dancer"]].
* HumanResources: [[spoiler: Jak and his friends are blood harvesters, who steal fresh blood from hospitals (and occasionally from live people) and sell it to the MC.]]
* ILoveTheDead: The MC performs oral sex on an animated female cadaver, and then later receives oral sex from a different animated cadaver.
* JerkAss: Kate, hands down.
* LargeHam: Creator/RobertEnglund, a master of the trope.
* MyBelovedSmother: Kate.
* MyNaymeIs: Jak spells his name with no C.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: In this case they are only vaguely reanimated corpses.
* PhlebotinumDependence: In order to "dance", the Doom Room's zombie dancers need to be regularly injected with fresh blood -- preferably from older people who are unlikely to have ever done drugs or have an STD. Additionally, the MC keeps a private stash of blood [[IDoNotDrinkWine for his own purposes.]]
* ShoutOut: The bouncers at the Doom Room are dressed in the "droog" style (derby hats, white jumpsuits, etc.) featured in the film ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Kate, fed up with Anna's hard-partying lifestyle, allowed her to die of a drug overdose and sold her corpse to the MC. Trouble was, she [[NotQuiteDead wasn't quite dead]] when her mother sold her.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* TheUnfavorite: Anna.
* WretchedHive: Cruising down the main drag of Muskeet at night makes Dodge City look like Disneyland.
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[[folder:Jenifer]]
Directed by DarioArgento and based on a comic by Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson. While out on assignment, Detective Frank Spivey (Steven Weber) shoots a deranged homeless man as he is attempting to kill a gorgeous, but hideously disfigured and apparently mentally retarded woman, Jenifer (Carrie Fleming). When informed that she will be interned in a mental asylum, Frank takes pity of Jenifer and brings her home instead, something that his family doesn't take very well. It only gets worse after that, as Frank becomes obsessed with Jenifer's body while she begins to show her true colors.

* AdaptationExpansion: The last act of the episode includes a HopeSpot where Frank seems to be getting his life back on track only for Jenifer to ruin it again.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: A quite brutal {{deconstruction}}. [[spoiler: Boy warms to Ghoul first out of pity, then becomes ''sexually'' obsessed with it. Ghoul pretends to love Boy to provide for it while Ghoul keeps murdering people.]]
* {{Butterface}}: The eponymous Jenifer, possibly to the point of [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggeration]], in that her face looks downright monstrous while still having a model's body.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Cat]]: A clear indication that Jenifer is evil is Frank's cat being terrified of her.
* {{Fanservice}}: Every time they show Jenifer's body.
** {{Fandisservice}}: Every time her face is seen.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The first indication that Frank is becoming obsessed with Jenifer is when he can't stop fantasizing about her while having a bout of rough sex with his wife, which she clearly isn't enjoying.
* {{Gorn}}: Jennifer's hunger fits.
* IdiotBall: Frank, when a lady [[spoiler: eats your cat alive in front of you]], it's time to kick her out of home.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted with the neighbourhood girl and Frank's cat]].
* NightmareFace: Jenifer.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Literally, although it wasn't somebody important to the main character.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Jenifer devours a little girl. This is when it finally gets too much for Frank.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: This is how Jenifer attracts her new caretakers, by making it seem like the previous one is a deranged psychopath who is trying to brutally murder a bound woman.
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[[folder:Chocolate]]
Directed by Mick Garris and based on his own short story. Jamie (Henry Thomas) works in a laboratory that develops flavors for a food company. One day, he begins to suffer a series of apparent hallucinations until he realizes that he's actually living the experiences of a woman in another city as if they were his own.

* TheDulcineaEffect: Jamie falls in love with the woman before actually meeting her.
* {{Fanservice}}: A man, looking through the eyes of a woman... [[MaleGaze it was bound to happen]].
* HowWeGotHere: The episode begins with Jamie covered in blood and being interrogated by the police.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Jamie gets through the final scene and tells [[FridgeLogic the whole story]] with an untreated shot through the leg.
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[[folder:Homecoming]]
Directed by Creator/JoeDante and based on a short story by Dale Bailey. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything America is fighting an unpopular war]] as the next presidential election is nearing. When confronted by the mother of a fallen soldier on live TV, David Murch (John Tenney), a publicity agent for the current government whose own brother was killed in TheVietnamWar, declares his conviction that the fallen soldiers would support the war if given the choice to come back. Unfortunately for him, they're about to. And they don't.

* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Jane Cleaver, played by Thea Gill.
* CasualKink: David's phone rings while he is having a BDSM session with Jane. He answers the phone, but she keeps whipping him a bit just to embarrass him in front of his boss.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There are references to the Iraq War, Guantanamo and the 2000 Florida voting controversy.
* GhostlyGoals: The undead soldiers only drop dead after being allowed to vote. They come back to life when the government decides to not consider their votes valid.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: President Shelly is an obvious stand-in for GeorgeWBush while Jane is a parody of Ann Coulter.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Talking (though it hurts), fully conscious, can't be killed and do not want brains.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Philip didn't die in the war. He was killed at home by the infant David, who was playing with his gun.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Philip and, arguably, several of the undead soldiers.
* StrawmanPolitical: Several characters, with Jane being the most notable.
* TheVietnamWar: David's older brother Philip fought in it [[spoiler: though contrary to what David had always believed, he wasn't killed there]].
* WarIsHell: Invoked in the final line of the episode.
* TheWarOnTerror: Not directly named, but clearly set during it.
* WriterOnBoard: '''Duh.'''
* ZombieApocalypse: Averted. The undead soldiers make it pretty clear they aren't mindless bodies there to eat people. They're entirely civilized (though a little grumpy for obvious reasons) and the only people they are shown killing did something to deserve it.
** In a hilarious turn, they settle for occupying Washington D.C. and forcing the re-elected Shelley to flee as a way to show their continuing discontent.
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[[folder:Deer Woman]]
Directed by JohnLandis. In a small town, disgraced detective Dwight Faraday (Brian Benben) and his friend Officer Jacob Reed (Anthony Griffith) are given the opportunity to investigate a series of mysterious deaths where the victim was apparently trampled by an unknown animal. All the victims were male and were last seen while in company of a mysterious, beautiful, Native American woman (Cinthya Moura).

* {{Bambification}}: Averted.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:It's unclear whether it's either this or DownerEnding. Reed has been killed, the Deer Woman has claimed her victims, and vanishes when Faraday tracks her down. There's no indication that she won't come back in a few years, but at least won't kill any more people for the time being.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Faraday seems like a well-adjusted guy for most of the episode, but when a guy on the street tries to rob him, [[CowboyCop he plants the guy's own knife in his shoulder after overpowering him]], even forbidding him to take it out instead letting the doctors do it. Makes for a great BrickJoke later on.
* BlackWidow: One of the quickest examples with the Deer Woman.
* BrickJoke: "Do any of you guys know anything about this guy who claims he was attacked by a cop with a knife?"
* ButtMonkey: Detective Fuchs.
-->'''Every other character, including his partner:''' Shut up, Fuchs!
* CuteMute: The Deer Woman (before she reveals her intentions).
* DeathBySex: The Deer Woman's MO.
* {{Fanservice}}: The Deer Woman always goes topless before she kills.
* ForTheEvulz: Just like in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Woman original legend]], the Deer Woman kills horny men for absolutely no reason. This is lampshaded by Faraday when he is first introduced to the legend.
* {{Gorn}}: The Deer Woman's victims, most notably when Faraday picks up what's left of the trucker's lower jaw at the beginning.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Deer Woman has the upper body of an attractive Native American woman, and the lower body of a deer.
* ImagineSpot: In a particularly funny bit Faraday muses about the possible scenarios that could have resulted in the crime scene where the trucker got stamped into a bloody pile, one involving a skimpy girl beating the inexplicably helpless trucker to death with a fake deer leg ("[[ReactionShot ...Stupid]]"), another the girl and the trucker being attacked by a [[{{Bambification}} Bambified]] deer ("...Retarded"), and the third the trucker being killed and the girl abducted by a humongous deer man ("...Fuck").
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Subverted. While the person that provides the clue to solving the mystery is a Native American, he's just a casino owner who thinks that the legend is stupid.
* MuggingTheMonster: The street robber who tries to hold up Faraday.
* NativeAmericanCasino: Faraday and Reed go there on their off time, but actually manage to solve the mystery because one of the staff knows about the old legend.
* OhCrap: [[WhamLine "Have you seen her feet?"]]
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: The first indication to the Deer Woman's identity.
* ShoutOut: Suspecting an incidence of animal transformation, Faraday cites the events of ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', also directed by Landis, as a documented case.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Reed, knowing full well that there might be a mythological monster woman running around killing hapless men, doesn't bat an eye when a gorgeous, mute, girl whose feet he hasn't seen swoons over him, and wants to come back to his place with him. When Faraday calls him up and points this out [[OhCrap he finally realizes]], but it's already too late.]]
** For his fair, he was already a bit drunk when the Deer Woman shows around and then only get more wasted.
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[[folder:John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns]]
[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Directed by]] JohnCarpenter. Kirby (Norman Reedus) is the owner of a run-down cinema whose girlfriend Annie (Zara Taylor) recently committed suicide. In order to pay a debt he owns to Annie's hateful father Walter (Gary Hetherington), Kirby accepts the request of eccentric millionaire Bellinger (Udo Kier) to locate the only surviving copy of ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' (The Absolute End of the World) for him, a film ShroudedInMyth that is said to be the ultimate BrownNote. It's sort of a contemporary version of William Chambers' anthology ''TheKingInYellow''.

* AntiHero: Kirby, of the "brooding hero with a dark past" type. Formerly a drug junkie who got his girlfriend addicted and eventually drove her to suicide, he still has few heroic qualities in the present day, and is only doing the job for the money and his obsession with the film. He still cares for his dead girlfriend, though.
* ArtifactOfDeath: ''La Fin Absolue du Monde''. Pretty much anyone involved in the production died because of it, as do people who go after it.
* ArtifactOfDoom: ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' of course.
* BaldOfEvil: Dalibor.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack:
** [[spoiler:Annie is covered head to toe in blood when she emerges out of the theater screen at the end.]]
** Downplayed with Dalibor after he decapitates [[spoiler:the taxi driver]].
* [[spoiler:BrokenAngel]]: Kirby encounters a pale, gaunt, vaguely male figure with healed stumps at its shoulder blades. [[spoiler:It is strongly implied that this was the angel that was mutilated in ''La fin absolue du monde'', the short film that the protagonist seeks.]]
* BrownNote: ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' drives people crazy just from ''thinking too much about it''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Bellinger's suicide. Intestines + film projector = not a pretty combination.]]
* DecapitationPresentation: Dalibor creates a SnuffFilm by filming himself decapitating [[spoiler:Kirby's taxi driver]] right in front of Kirby, and presenting the severed head to him.
* DownerEnding
* DrivenToSuicide:
** Annie killed herself by [[BathSuicide slicing her own wrists in the bathtub]].
** [[spoiler:Kirby later AteHisGun under the effects of ''La Fin Absolue Du Monde''.]]
** [[spoiler:Bellinger, who cuts out his small intestines and inserts them into a film projector. We don't see him breathe out his last breath, but not much else could have come of it.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Bellinger's butler cuts out his own eyes after seeing the film.]]
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler:In a hallucination, Annie is completely stark naked... and covered in blood.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Quite possibly the most Carpenter has ever put into a single feature since ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]''.
* ImAHumanitarian: When the film is presented at the end, [[spoiler:Annie emerges out of the theater screen. Her father comforts her, but she's "hungry", and takes a bite out of his neck. It's a hallucination.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Annie's father. Kirby treats him like an unreasonable jerkass, but Kirby did get his daughter killed by indulging her drug habit, abysmally failed to get her on the right track despite agreeing with him to do so, is still massively in debt to him, and just evades him whenever the topic of repaying the loan comes up. [[spoiler:It's only when he resolves to kill Kirby that he [[MoralEventHorizon crosses the line into outright villainy]].]]
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: The only characters to survive are Kirby's theatre assistant, Bakovic's widow and Henri, none of whom were present at the climax. The angel also survives.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The search for ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' starts out as this for Kirby, to pay off his enormous debts. Later on he becomes increasingly obsessed with the film itself.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:In this case, angels are corporeal creatures and can be tortured, and the one seen in the episode is quite uglier than one would expect at first. It's heavily implied that the film's evil is the result of documenting the desecration of said angel.]]
* SanitySlippage: Anyone who watches or is involved with ''La Fin Absolue du Monde''.
* SnuffFilm: Dalibor, one of the persons visited by Kirby while searching for the film is a Snuff director, while ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' features the torture and mutilation of [[spoiler:an angel]].
* ShoutOut: The film playing at Kirby's cinema is DarioArgento's ''DeepRed''.
* ShroudedInMyth: The movie itself.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''.
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[[folder:The Fair-Haired Child]]
Directed by William Malone. 13 year-old Tara (Lindsay Pulsipher) is kidnapped by a couple of retired musicians, Anton (William Samples) and Judith (Lori Petty), and imprisoned in their run-down basement. While in there, she learns that she is to be sacrificed as part of a DealWithTheDevil in exchange of resuscitating the couple's teenage son, Johnny (Jesse Hadock).

* DecapitationPresentation: The monster keeps the heads of its victims in a drawer in the basement.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Johnny is so sick about the whole thing that he makes another DealWithTheDevil himself to take his parents in exchange for their latest victim]].
* HumanResources: The garden corridor used during the ritual to bring Johnny back to life is made of human bones.
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[[folder:Sick Girl]]
Originally going to be directed by RogerCorman, who was later replaced by Lucky [=McKee=], and based on the short story ''The Feather Pillow'' by Horacio Quiroga. Shy Dr. Ida Teeter (Angela Bettis) is a lesbian entomologist that can't find a companion that also shares (or merely tolerates) her love for bugs before she meets the weird artist Misty Falls (Misty Mundae). That same day, Ida receives a package from Brazil containing a newly-discovered insect that is a parasite for warm-blooded animals. HilarityEnsues.

* {{Adorkable}}: Both Misty and Ida.
* TheDanza: Averted. Misty Mundae is credited under her real name Erin Brown.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A synopsis in {{Imdb}} described it as a metaphor of "the dangers of moving too quickly into a relationship".
* [[BoyMeetsGirl Girl Meets Girl]]
* [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Ear Full Of Insect Wing-Wong]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Ida's partner Max constantly pokes fun at his colleague's sexuality and begs her to tell him everything about her dates in time for [[ADateWithRosiePalms the morning shower]]. He also keeps his hand in a "special place" while talking to her on the phone.
* LipstickLesbian: Both Misty and Ida.
* NightmareFetishist: Ida has a most unladylike fascination with insects and her apartment filled with various insectoid pets. It creates a lot of friction with her landlady and makes it downright impossible for her to land a date.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The happy music at the end.
* StrawmanPolitical: The landlady.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: While not an actual ghost, Misty fits the image several times during the episode.
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[[folder:Pick Me Up]]
Directed by LarryCohen and based on a short story by David J. Schow. A bus containing a small number of passengers breaks down in the middle of nowhere. They are soon visited by a trucker, Wheeler (Michael Moriarty) and a hitchhiker, Walker (Warren Kole). Both of them are [[SerialKiller serial killers]]. When the passengers are reduced to only one left, Stacia (Fairuza Balk), the hunt also becomes a feud between the two.

* ActorAllusion: Wheeler claims to be a cop and [[LawAndOrder to have served in New York years ago]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Stacia, near the end.
* DiabolusExMachina: Just after causing a road accident and getting rid of Walker and Wheeler, [[spoiler: Stacia is picked up by two paramedics who turn out to also be serial killers themselves]].
* EvilVersusEvil: A serial killer versus another serial killer, perfectly fitting each other's MOs. Subverted later on when they decide to work together. [[spoiler: Double subverted in the end, when they're both killed by a pair of killer ambulance drivers.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Marie.
* {{Gorn}}: "You sure are more confortable without all those clothes... and all that skin..."
* ImprovisedWeapon: Walker strangles a person with a dead snake and Wheeler decapitates another with the door of the bus' suitcase compartment.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Walker and Wheeler become the victims of two other serial killers]].
* MeaningfulName: Walker and Wheeler.
* ProperlyParanoid: Marie's first thought about Walker and Wheeler is that they are serial killers. She's right. Ironically, both of them decide ''not'' to kill her... [[spoiler:but leave her tied to a tree with barbed wire in the middle of nowhere instead]].
* SerialKiller: The drifter and the truck driver. [[spoiler:And the ambulance crew.]]
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[[folder:Haeckel's Tale]]
Directed by [[HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller John McNaughton]] and based on a short story by CliveBarker. At the end of the 19th century, a man who has just lost his wife comes to the house of Miss Carnation, the Necromancer (Micki Maunsell) and begs her to bring his love BackFromTheDead. She hesitates, but when he insists she proposes to revive her if he still wants her to do so after he hears the tale of medical student Ernst Haeckel (Derek Cecil), that happened 50 years before.

* BrainBleach: One word: [[spoiler: Necrophilia]]
** Also: [[spoiler:Pederast's ''juice'']].
* DarkestAfrica: Montesquino claims to have learned necromancy from "the Shaman of Zanzibar".
* {{Fanservice}} / {{Fandisservice}}: Elise's sex scene.
* HollywoodAtheist: Haeckel.
* ILoveTheDead
* ShoutOut: In the beginning, Haeckel and his teacher discuss the experiments performed by some German doctor called {{Frankenstein}}. Haeckel tries to replicate then his attempt to revive a cadaver using electricity but only manages [[TakeThat to burn it]].
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: [[NarratorAllAlong Miss Carnation is Elise]].]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Wolfram and Elise, as he admits himself. [[spoiler: Even moreso when he becomes a zombie.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Both [[Film/DawnOfTheDead George A. Romero]] and RogerCorman were offered to direct this episode.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Imprint]]
Directed by TakashiMiike and based on a novel by Shimako Iwai. In 19th century Japan, an American journalist named Christopher (Billy Drago) arrives at a remote island looking for Komomo (Michie), a woman he's in love with that was sold to a brothel by her adoptive family. While there he comes across a disfigured prostitute (Youki Kudoh) that tells him the story of her life. This episode was filmed in Japan by Kadokawa Pictures and was never broadcast unedited due to its ridiculously high BrainBleach quotient.

* BadBoss: The madame.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: [[spoiler: The disfigured prostitute's siamese "sister" is clearly the one in charge]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The nicest thing to say about the disfigured prostitute's one.
* BloodFromTheMouth: The disfigured prostitute's father.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The disfigured prostitute's "sister"]].
* BrainBleach: From beginning to end.
* BrotherSisterIncest: The disfigured prostitute's parents were sibblings. Christopher also had a relationship with his younger sister.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Inflicted on Komomo after she is falsely accused of robbing a ring.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The disfigured prostitute [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair has blue hair]] and clothes, the other prostitutes red, and the madame greenish-black.
* CreatorCameo: Watch for Shimako Iwai, writer of the original novel. '''''She plays the torturer.'''''
* DrivenToSuicide: The disfigured prostitute claims first that this was what happened to Komomo. After Christopher says he doesn't believe her, she admits that [[spoiler: she actually killed Komomo (and was also the one that committed the robbery and falsely accused Komomo in the first place).]]
* {{Fingore}}: Done to Komomo. With needles.
* GlasgowGrin: The disfigured prostitute has half of one as a result of a genetic defect.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: The only character that is good in the episode is Komomo, and she is [[PosthumousCharacter dead before it begins]].
* ImperialJapan: The setting.
* MadeASlave: All the women (in particular, the disfigured prostitute was sold to a brothel by her mother).
* NoNameGiven: The disfigured prostitute, who is credited as "woman".
* TranslationConvention: Unlike the second season's ''Dream Cruise'', this episode was filmed in English but with all the characters presumed to be speaking Japanese the entire time. Christopher is first though to be Dutch[[note]]The story is set shortly after the end of Japan's Sakoku period, when the only Western traders allowed were Dutch[[/note]].
* WretchedHive: The remote island is "only inhabited by demons and whores".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: a few scenes depicting the disfigured girl have her with dark blue hair, especially noticeable in her childhood.
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!!Season Two

[[folder:The Damned Thing]]
Directed by TobeHooper and based on a short story by AmbroseBierce. In 1981, a peaceful family man in a small Texas town went crazy the night of his 40th brithday and killed his wife before being killed himself by an invisible force. Twenty four years later, his still traumatized son Kevin ([[TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles Sean Patrick Flannery]]) is sheriff of the same town and nearing 40 himself when the same unknown force seems to appear again and turn his fellow countrymen against each other.

* AHouseDivided: Unsurprisingly, it doesn't end well.
* BodyHorror: The MirrorScare.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Father Tulli, played by Ted Raimi, seems to be the only priest in town despite it being an entirely Anglo-Saxon settlement in a notorious member of the American Bible Belt.
* ClusterFBomb: ''Everyone'' after they get possessed.
* DropTheHammer: One of the crazed residents commits suicide this way.
* EldritchAbomination: [[TitleDrop The Damned Thing]].
* InTheBlood: Tulli suggests Kevin a confession after reminding him that he is about to reach the age when his father and grandfather died.
* SinisterMinister: Tulli, although he wasn't himself.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Family]]
Directed by JohnLandis. On the surface, Harold (George Wendt) is a friendly man that lives alone in a quiet Midwestern neighborhood. But underneath, he's a crazed SerialKiller obsessed with forming the perfect "family" and he has set his eyes on the new young couple, the Fullers (Meredith Monroe and Matt Kesslar) that have moved across the street.

* ActionGirl: Celia Fuller.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Everything the Fullers did was part of a plan to capture Harold.]]
* [[spoiler: TheBait]]: Celia.
* ChekhovsSkill: The Fullers' professions.
* DemBones: Not the animated ones, but Harold collects skeletons and treats them as actual persons.
* DisposingOfABody: Subverted, Harold is introduced while using [[HollywoodAcid acid]] to disolve a corpse, but it's because he wants it StrippedToTheBone to ''keep'' the [[DemBones skeletons]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Harold.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: The Fullers keep Harold alive for two weeks, torturing him from beginning to end before they kill him.]]
* ImagineSpot: Harold has several when he talks to Celia. He also has full conversations with his "family".
** FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: It's possible that he ''wasn't'' imagining the scenes with Celia. Think about it: the Fullers already ''knew'' Harold was a serial killer. They wanted to catch him in the act so they could find out what he had done with their daughter's body. So Celia was ''actually'' flirting with him, as a way of baiting him so that he'd try going after her next.]]
* MommyIssues: Harold.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The Fullers argue if they should have another child, while Harold sees Celia as a better "wife" than the one he has now.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The Fuller's daughter didn't die of cancer. She was Sarah, the little girl that Harold "adopted". Everything they did was part of a plan to capture Harold and unleash their bloody vengeance.]]
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Harold's "mom" during one ImagineSpot.
* SerialKiller: Harold.
* SoundtrackDissonance: TheSociopath Harold is introduced with the uplifting gospel song "Jesus Gave me Water". (but it wasn't from the well)
* StepfordSuburbia: Harold's home.
* TakeThat[=/=]StealthPun: The camera highlights TheSociopath SerialKiller has a portrait of Dick Cheney in his living room.
* TheOner: The episode starts with a long camera shot from Harold's house door to his basement.
* VillainProtagonist: Harold.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The V Word]]
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson. Two bored teenagers, Kerry (Arjay Smith) and Justin (Branden Nadon), sneak into a morgue one night and are attacked by a vampire, [[ShoutOut Mr. Chaney]] (MichaelIronside).

* AndStarring: Michael Ironside.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler: "[[IWishedYouWereDead Cut my old man's throat]]".]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Mr. Chaney thought kidnapping Justin's little sister and forcing him to feed on her would work. He was wrong.
* BlackBestFriend: Kerry.
* BlackBlood: Only the vampires.
* DepravedHomosexual: Mr. Chaney is a (former?) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephebophilia ephebophile]]. Conveniently, he is only interested in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything turning male teens]].
* EarlyFilms: [[UniversalHorror Universal's]] ''{{Dracula}}'' is playing on the TV when Justin arrives home.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Used to bring down Chaney]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Justin]]
* NoodleIncident: We do learn a ''lot'' more of Mr. Chaney's backstory than we ever cared to know, but we never find out exactly how he became a vampire.
-->Justin: "How'd you get like this? You bite the wrong dick or something?"
-->Mr. Cheney: "'''''Or something'''''."
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: These have black eyes and extremely pale skin, but normal looking teeth and do reflect on mirrors. Also, staking them in the heart does not kill them [[spoiler: but decapitation and sunlight does.]]
* ShoutOut:
** "[[NightOfTheLivingDead They are coming to get you, Barbara!]]"
** "[[{{Dracula}} I do not drink... wine]]"
** The vampire is named Mr. Chaney, after Lon Chaney Jr., the UniversalHorror legend.
** When Mr. Chaney first goes after the boys, his hand's shadow reproduces the trademark scene of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
* SophisticatedAsHell:
-->Mr. Chaney: Anyway, he told me that your dad was a mean, evil, bastard, that he was a... (''to Kerry'') what'd you call him? Ah, a '''''dickface'''''! Yes, a dickface, how wonderful."
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: [[spoiler: Justin commits suicide by exposing himself to the sun while being strapped to a cross-shaped table. His last words are in fact "God, make it stop soon".]]
* YouWillBeSpared: [[spoiler: Justin refuses to feed on his family, and makes Kerry promise he will stay away from them too.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sounds Like]]
Directed by Brad Anderson, the director of ''Session9'' and ''TheMachinist'', and based on a short story by Mike O'Driscoll. Larry Pearce (Chris Bauer) is a supervisor in a tech support company that begins to descend into madness as his fine sense of hearing only gets [[GoneHorriblyRight better]].

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "Please! Make it stop!"
* BlessedWithSuck: Larry's superhearing makes him discover that his son has a cardiac affliction, but only too late to save him; it also makes him better at his job, but not good enough to meet his boss' expectations, while his subordinates hate him for it; and finally, it drives him crazy as it just keeps getting better, and better, ''[[GoneHorriblyRight and better]]''...
* JerkAss: Larry comes as this several times.
* MeaningfulName: Larry ''Pearce''. And, yes, it's pronounced "pierce". [[DontExplaintheJoke As in "ear-piercing".]]
* MistakenForGay: In a total break with his usual character, Larry acts ''too'' friendly to one new employee that he sees as a ReplacementGoldfish for his son. The employee is creeped and resigns the next day.
* TheNothingAfterDeath: [[spoiler: Larry's main source of angst is that while he only keeps hearing better and better he never manages to hear his son's ghost]]
* SinisterScrapingSound: After a while, literally everything.
* {{Workaholic}}: Larry, to the point of refusing a leave when his son dies. He also keeps mentioning stuff from work when talking to his wife.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:John Carpenter's Pro-Life]]
Directed by JohnCarpenter. 15 year-old Angelique Burcell (Caitlin Wachs) arrives at a remote abortion clinic convinced that she is pregnant with the spawn of the Devil. Shortly after, her [[TheFundamentalist Christian fundamentalist]] father Dwayne (RonPerlman) and three brothers come with the intention of getting her out and stopping the abortion at any cost.

* BadassNormal: Dr. Kiefer faces the Burcells alone and wins the first two assaults against them.
* BoomHeadshot: Not one, not two, but '''three''' of them!
* CanYouHearMeNow: The Burcells cut the clinic's phone line before getting in. Still, [[FridgeLogic it was very convenient that nobody was carrying a cellular]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Dwayne Burcell does this to Kiefer when he finally gets him.
* EldritchAbomination: [[HalfHumanHybrid The baby]], less so its father.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: "The Father" clearly breaks down when he sees that his baby has died, and leaves, carrying its body, without killing more people.]]
* ExpressDelivery: Angelique goes into labor less than a week after conception.
* FootFocus: The impregnation and torture scenes.
* TheFundamentalist: Dwayne.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The baby.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: "Support abortion, or else Satan's child will be born."
** How 'bout this one: "If you [[HearingVoices hear a voice]] telling you to do things like torture a doctor or shoot up an abortion clinic, then maybe you shouldn't listen to it"?
* StrawmanPolitical: Dwayne.
* VirginPower: Subverted. [[spoiler: All the survivors are non-virgins]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pelts]]
Directed by DarioArgento and based on a short story by F. Paul Wilson. Sleazy small time fur trader Jake Feldman (MeatLoaf) gets his hands on some priceless raccoon pelts that might be his ticket to win a fortune and with it the attention of sexy stripper Shanna (Ellen Ewusie). Too bad the furs are not just priceless, but cursed.

* ArtifactOfDeath: The raccoon pelts.
* AttemptedRape: Feldman tries to rape Shanna in their first scene together.
* BatterUp: Jeb teaches Larry to kill the raccoons this way. [[spoiler: Then Larry kills Jeb in the same manner.]]
* BearTrap: Used by Larry [[spoiler: to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill commit suicide]]. [[{{Gorn}} Head first]].]].
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Averted. Shanna claims to have been hurt by Feldman's size when they finally get together.
* BillingDisplacement: John Saxon gets top billing along Meat Loaf on the DVD cover, despite playing a very minor character.
* BiTheWay: Shanna.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack:
** Larry Jameson isn't all that disturbed about all the blood on his face and arms.
** [[spoiler:Feldman, the twist being that ''it is all his own blood''. He skinned ''himself''.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Either this or KarmicDeath depending on whether you belong to the "Fur is Murder" crowd or not.
* EthnicMenialLabor: Feldman's workshop is staffed by exactly one Hispanic employee and a lot of Chinese women.
* FreudianSlip:
-->'''Feldman:''' I've gotta find something sharp.
-->'''Shanna:''' What?
-->'''Feldman:''' I've gotta freshen up.
* FurAndLoathing: Complete with SpaceWhaleAesop.
* {{Gorn}}: The inevitable result of the raccoon fur's effect on people.
* HowWeGotHere: The episode opens with the police looking at [[ForegoneConclusion Feldman's and Shanna's dead bodies]].
* HunterTrapper: John Saxon's character, Jeb Jameson.
* LonersAreFreaks: Mrs. Mayter.
* MsFanservice: Shanna.
* PrettyInMink: Shanna opens to Feldman after being given the chance to wear the coat made out of the raccoons fur.
* ShoutOut: The [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0779496/ DVD cover]] is reminiscent of PETA ads starring Naomi Campbell.
* TempleOfDoom: The ancient city is either a very ruined version of this or an IndianBurialGround.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Thirteen raccoons get caught in the traps.
* {{Youkai}}: The raccoons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Screwfly Solution]]
Directed by Creator/JoeDante and based on a short story by James Tiptree Jr.. A Michigan family tries to survive while a pandemic of unknown origin expands through the world turning the male population into woman-murdering psychopaths.

* [[spoiler:AlienInvasion]]: It is revealed in the end that the plague was engineered by [[spoiler:[[EnergyBeings glowing aliens]] presumably]] as part of a plan to [[spoiler: take over Earth without actually having to fight for it.]]
* AllMenArePerverts: The plague explicitely switches the men's sexual urges to violent ones. The only way for men to resist it is by different types of castration (chemical and ''actual'', to be specific). Once all the women are dead they turn their attention to the younger boys with a man shrugging off the fact that he murdered his teenage son.
* DaydreamSurprise: [[spoiler:Alan heads home on a flight, and arrives there at night. He and his wife Anne put their daughter to sleep, and then make love to each other. Alan becomes violent, starts strangling Anne, and pulls a knife on her. Then he wakes up back on the plane.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: The sex scenes and the strip club.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler:Firmly on its way by the end. By December all women on the planet are either dead or dying, leaving the men to slowly die off one by one.]]
* {{Gendercide}}: Of the women.
* HatePlague: A male-centered one, [[spoiler:engineered by aliens]].
* HumanResources: Anne, [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a man]], reveals herself to the male clients of a hunting shop when she can't hide her horror at looking at a bag made out of a woman's breast. This prompts the men to go after her.
* IgnoredExpert: Alan and Barney have a meeting in Washington D.C. with members of the government and the military. They explain that the ongoing gendercide is a concerted attempt to exterminate the human race, that the women in the infected areas need to be evacuated, and that the men, especially those in important positions, need to take medication that will lead to chemical castration to prevent them from turning into murderers. All their advice is ignored.
* InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: Used completely straight, as a mother trains her daughter to fire a gun.
* NeckSnap: Used by a male flight assistant to "control" a scared woman.
* NotHimself: Anne's husband after he becomes infected. Defied with [[spoiler:Barney, who chemically castrated himself to prevent this]].
* NoWomansLand: Quite literally in the "liberated" areas of the world.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Sons of Adam.
* ShoutOut: In one scene, a group of test subjects is shown different types of porn to investigate the development of the disease. The violent porn movie is actually footage from season one's ''Imprint'', an episode that was censored from broadcast in the US.
* SinisterMinister: The priest in the Canadian hospital.
* SweetPollyOliver: Anne disguises herself as a man to prevent being murdered on sight by the next infected man.
* TooDumbToLive: Amy is oblivious to the situation from beginning to end, to the point of [[spoiler:abandoning her mother in the forest to come back to her already deranged father, who promptly murders her]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Valerie on the Stairs]]
Directed by Mick Garris and based on a short story by CliveBarker. Rob Hanisey (Tyron Leitso) is a young man who has just gone through a terrible break up, and who is struggling to publish his first novel, when he is accepted in the Highberger House for aspiring writers. Soon after moving there he begins to have repeated encounters with a mysterious woman, Valerie (Clare Grant), who pleads him to save her from the demon-like creature known as The Beast (TonyTodd). However, [[YouHaveToBelieveMe none of the other residents believe him and think that he's just crazy]], although a small group led by the oldest resident, Everett Neely (ChristopherLloyd), seems to know more than they say.

* AuthorAppeal: In-universe example, since the story is set in a boarding-house for aspiring writers.
* TheBrute: The Beast.
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler: Rob takes Valerie out of the house, upon which she vanishes. Rob realizes then that ''he'' is a fictional character and everything he did was written by the boarding house residents. [[GainaxEnding He dissolves then in a pile of written papers]], whose last line is "And so it came to pass that Rob Hanisey never became a published author".]]
* DistressedDamsel: Valerie.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Rob and Valerie.
* {{Fanservice}}: Valerie's nude scenes.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It begins as your average HauntedHouse story [[spoiler: but turns out to be a RefugeeFromTVLand plot]].
* TheHero: Rob.
* InterspeciesRomance: Valerie and The Beast.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The Beast collects women and is particularly interested in Valerie.
* MirrorScare: Valerie's first scene.
* NeutralFemale: Valerie never attempts to free herself, and just stares at Rob and The Beast during the final battle.
* OldShame: Everett's only published work was the script of a B-Movie starring a ManInARubberSuit.
* [[spoiler: RefugeeFromTVLand]]: [[spoiler: Valerie, The Beast and ''Rob himself'' are fictional characters created by the house residents.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Rob tells Everett that he is crazy, prompting him to reply "You too! We are writers."
* TomatoInTheMirror: See CruelTwistEnding above.
* WritersBlock: After moving, Rob can't write beyond the first line.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Right to Die]]
Directed by [[Film/WrongTurn Rob Schmidt]]. The marriage of Cliff Addison (Martin Donovan) and his wife Abbey (Julia Benson) is going through dire times when the couple suffers a dramatic car accident. Cliff only gets minor wounds but Abbey is burned alive completely, losing all her skin and senses and falling into a coma. Resolved to end his wife's suffering, Cliff disconnects Abbey's life support, only to discover that her ghost has come back with a vengeance.

* AmoralAttorney: Ira.
* BandageMummy: Abbey after the accident.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Cliff.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Ira burns alive after being stuck to a supermagnet, Trish [[spoiler: is skinned and quartered while still alive]], and [[TheUnreveal we can only speculate]] about what happens to Cliff in the end.
* DeathBySex: Trish. [[spoiler: In a twist of events, it is ''Cliff'' who murders her, not Abbey.]] And [[{{gorn}} not in a tame way]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: It's hard to watch this episode and not think of the Terri Schiavo case.
* EyesAreUnbreakable: Averted.
* {{Fanservice}}: Abbey's actress has some very spectacular assets and is completely naked when her spirit first appears to Cliff. However, this image switches rapidly to FanDisservice when [[{{squick}} her skin begins to fall off]].
* GreyAndGrayMorality: None of the characters are genuinely good.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Cliff is carrying [[spoiler: Trish's dismembered corpse]] in a bag on top of his car when some pieces fall off. He stops to pick them and a police car immediately appears only [[CrowningMomentOfFunny for the driver to scream at him to get out of the way and disappears as quickly]].
* JacobMarleyApparel: Present or averted depending of Abbey's wish.
* ManOnFire: Abbey, Ira.
* MedicalHorror: Trish's death.
* TheMistress: Trish.
* NightmareFace: Abbey after the accident.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Abbey's mother.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Ira, [[spoiler: Cliff]].
* SpookyPhotographs: Trish sends some erotic photos to Cliff's cell phone, with Abbey appearing behind her.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Trish.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: The car's combustion wasn't spontaneous. It was actually done by Cliff with the explicit purpose of murdering Abbey - who, to make things worse, was pregnant with his child at the time.]] This completely changes the viewer's opinion about Cliff and his early actions, as it is now obvious that [[spoiler: his intention to disconnect Abbey wasn't because of her will, but his.]]
* TheUnreveal: Cliff's fate.
* WomanScorned: From the grave!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We All Scream for Ice Cream]]
Directed by [[Film/ChildsPlay Tom Holland]] and based on a short story by John Farris. Layne (Lee Tergesen) returns to his childhood neighborhood just as his former friends begin to disappear one by one, leaving nothing but their clothes soaked in a milky substance. The reason seems to be linked to an ice cream delivery clown, Buster (William Forsythe), who died around that time.

* TheAlcoholic: Toot.
* AssholeVictim: Virgil.
* BackFromTheDead: Buster is back... [[TheUnreveal somehow]].
* BadHumorTruck
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Buster is defeated by making a [[ItMakesSenseInContext voodoo ice cream]] of him.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: The [[TheBully young Virgil]] pissed his pants when he discovered that [[spoiler: Buster [[FacialHorror had no real nose]] under the fake one.]]
* DepravedBisexual: Virgil.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler: Buster wants to kill the children (now grown men) that killed him.]]
* ImMelting: Type A on the victims and [[spoiler: Buster.]]
* MonsterClown: Buster.
* MusicalTrigger: The children go into trances when they hear the ice cream truck music.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Virgil.
* TeamDad: Papa Joe.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Black Cat]]
Directed by Stuart Gordon and based on a short story by EdgarAllanPoe. Set in Philadelphia around 1840, EdgarAllanPoe (Jeffrey Combs) is going through a bad case of WritersBlock as he begins to hit the bottle more than usual and his young wife Virginia (Elyse Levesque) contracts tuberculosis. To make things worse, their pet black cat Pluto begins to act a lot [[CatsAreMean meaner than usual]].

* TheAlcoholic: Poe.
* [[spoiler: AllJustADream]]
* AnAxeToGrind: By the end, Poe tries to kill the cat with an ax. It doesn't end well.
* AnswerCut: "Really, Mr. Poe, where does all the money go?" [[TheAlcoholic Glug glug glug]].
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Virginia, the cat]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Virginia, coupled with IncurableCoughOfDeath.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Poe accidentally hacks Virginia on the head. She doesn't die instantly.]]
* ColorWash: Red is very bright, while other colors are toned down.
* EyeScream: Poe attacks the cat with a cutter.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Poe and his wife.
* IndulgentFantasySegue: Poe goes through one when talking to his editor.
* JacobMarleyApparel: No matter what happens to the cat, it just comes back with the mark of it.
* JerkAss: Poe.
* KindheartedCatLover: Virginia.
* KissingCousins: One of the men [[spoiler: attending Virginia's funeral]] remarks that the Poes are first cousins. "Something perhaps acceptable in [[DeepSouth Richmond]], but not here".
* LivingShadow: The cat, when he follows Poe to his second home.
* MeaningfulName: In Greek mythology, Pluto is the king of the Underworld.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Poe tries to use this at the bar, and fails because ''everybody'' knows who he is. And that he doesn't pay.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Washingtonians]]
Directed by Peter Medak and based on a short story by Bentley Little. Mike Franks (Johnathon Schaech) moves with his family into his late grandmother's house in rural Virginia. There he finds an ancient portrait of GeorgeWashington, and hiding behind it a fork [[HumanResources made of human bone]] and a letter where the first president of the United States declares his love for [[ChildEater eating children]]. Soon they are the target of [[TitleDrop The Washingtonians]], a secret society devoted to keep alive and hidden the "[[ImAHumanitarian tradition]]" set by their founding father.

* AncientConspiracy: Parodied.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: GeorgeWashington was a cannibal. Also, the secret clique he founded ate JohnAdams.
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes: At the last minute, Professor Harkinson (SaulRubinek) brings a three-person SWAT team to rescue the Franks family and kill all the Washingtonians.]]
* CannibalClan: A whole village of them.
* ChildEater: The Washingtonians price children as a meal.
* CorruptHick: The two cops that answer Mike's call are Washingtonians themselves.
* HumanResources: Washington's special cutlery.
* ImAHumanitarian: George Washington as well as several other founding fathers and their descendants. This was due to Washington and the founding fathers eating some of the troops (causing an acquired taste for human flesh) during the Valley Forge incident in 1777.
* RockBeatsLaser: Averted.
* SlasherSmile: The Washingtonian by the window.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dream Cruise]]
Directed by [[TheRing Norio Tsuruta]] and based on a short story by [[Film/DarkWater Koji Suzuki]]. Jack Miller (Daniel Gillies) is an American lawyer in Tokyo who is deathly afraid of water and has recurrent nightmares about the drowning death of his brother Sean when they were children. He's also having an affair with Yuri Saito (Yoshino Kimura), the wife of his colleague Eiji (Ryo Ishibashi). When Eiji invites Jack to a cruise on his yacht, he finds soon that Eiji already knows about the affair, but that's not the biggest of his and Yuri's problems.

* CanYouHearMeNow: One of the first signs that something's wrong is that the yacht's radio stops working.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: Jack's undead brother only wants to protect him from the actual vengeful ghost he stumbles upon later]].
* DrowningPit: Yuri is trapped in the yacht's bathroom as it fills with water.
* TheReveal: The vengeful female ghost [[spoiler: was Eiji's first wife. He murdered her in that same spot of the sea, and she's been haunting it ever since.]]
* TranslationConvention: Averted. The Japanese characters only speak Japanese between themselves.
* UndeadChild: Sean.
* WalkOnWater: The ghost near the end.
* YourCheatingHeart: Yuri cheats on Eiji, while Eiji [[spoiler: cheated on his first wife and killed her before marrying Yuri]].
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->''Their wildest dreams are your worst nightmares.''
-->--'''Tagline'''

'''''Masters of Horror''''' was a GenreAnthology on {{Showtime}}, created by horror film director Mick Garris.

The idea sprung from a series of dinners that Garris had held with other horror film directors, and the satisfying experience and the directors' admiration of each other's works lead Garris to create this series in 2005. The basic idea was a series of one-hour films, each directed by a well-known horror director. The series featured contributions from directors as diverse as DarioArgento, TobeHooper, JohnCarpenter and TakashiMiike, and received wide critical acclaim.

The series ran for two seasons on Showtime. ''Series/FearItself'', another GenreAnthology in the same format and created by the same team, premiered on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2008, and was cancelled after its first season. Another similar show called ''Masters of Science Fiction'' (again from the same creators) premiered on ABC in 2007, but only ran six episodes before being cancelled. ''Masters of Italian Horror'' is also in the works, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin focusing solely on Italian directors]]. IDW Publishing is also adapting several of the episodes as comic books.

The episodes, in order of broadcast, and the tropes they contained were as follows:

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!!Season One

[[folder:Incident On and Off a Mountain Road]]
Directed by [[Film/{{Phantasm}} Don Coscarelli]] and based on a short story by [[BubbaHoTep Joe R. Lansdale]]. While driving in the night by a lonely mountain road, young Ellen (Bree Turner) suffers a car crash and comes across a deranged, monster-like SerialKiller nicknamed "Moonface" (John deSantis). In order to survive, Ellen must put in practice the lessons she received from her CrazySurvivalist husband Bruce (Ethan Embry).

* ActionGirl: Ellen.
* {{Asexuality}}: According to Buddy, Moonface is not interested in "sexual things".
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Ellen murders Bruce after he rapes her.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Moonface.
* {{Bookends}}: [[spoiler:The film begins and ends with a closeup of Ellen's eye as she drives down the road.]]
* TheBrute: Moonface.
* CrazySurvivalist: Bruce, bordering ProperlyParanoid.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Moonface meets his end after falling into a ravine.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Subverted with Ellen. Played straighter with the Young Woman.
* DomesticAbuser: Bruce becomes an emotional abuser towards Ellen as their marriage disintegrates, [[spoiler:then, after she leaves him, he resorts to physical abuse, including rape.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: [[spoiler:Ellen, after all the shit she's been through, becomes this at the end.]]
* EvilAlbino: Moonface.
* EyeScream: Moonface uses a drill press to remove the eyes of his victims. While still alive.
* GoingCommando: Ellen, after using her panties for a BoobyTrap.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The camera quickly cuts away before any actual [[EyeScream eyeball penetration]] is shown, though the blood-soaked drill is shown afterwards.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Ellen is implied to have become this at the end.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The Young Woman is imapled through the thigh by one of Ellen's traps, which was intended for Moonface.]]
* IronicEcho: ''Sssshhhh...!''
* MacGyvering: Ellen manages to quickly fashion a booby trap for Moonface using some sticks and her own panties.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Ellen killed Bruce and was going to dispose of his body when she suffered the accident. She ends making it look like Bruce was another victim of Moonface.]]
* SerialKiller: Moonface again.
* StockholmSyndrome: Buddy became incredibly loyal to Moonface after being his captive for so long.
* TalkativeLoon: Buddy.
* TwistEnding
* TheVoiceless: Moonface.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Courtesy of Ellen after she wakes up in Moonface's cabin.
* WouldHurtAChild: A dessicated baby corpse is amongst Moonface's "trophies".
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[[folder:Dreams in the Witch-House]]
Directed by [[ReAnimator Stuart Gordon]] and based on a short story by Creator/HPLovecraft. College student Walter Gillman (Ezra Godden) rents a room in a colonial house looking for a quiet environment wherein to study his grade on Quantum Mechanics. However, he soon begins to experience some weird and very vivid dreams till he is convinced that a 17th century witch wants him to sacrifice the baby of the woman next door (Chelah Horsdal).

* BilingualBonus: The OminousLatinChanting that is heard during the two apparitions of the witch is actually a Spanish song about HumanSacrifice.
* CassandraTruth: Nobody believes Walter's claims about the witch, especially [[spoiler:after he is arrested and interred in an asylum, accused of Danny's murder]]. To be fair, would you have believed him?
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The elderly tenant.
* DiabolusExMachina: At the end, [[spoiler:Walter is killed by Brown Jenkins while interned in a mental asylum]].
* DownerEnding
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After the plan to stop Danny's sacrifice fails, the elderly tenant hangs himself.]]
* EyeScream: The way Walter [[spoiler:brings down the witch]].
* {{Familiar}}: Brown Jenkin.
* {{Fanservice}}: The witch's way to bring Walter to the dark side surely worked on a great number of viewers... although it quickly becomes FanDisservice.
* GenderFlip: Frank Elwood from the original short story is changed into a woman named Frances in this episode.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Brown Jenkin, the [[BrainBleach human-faced rat]] that accompanies the witch.
* HotMom: Frances. Walter's definitely attracted to her.
* HumanResources: The Necronomicon has tapes of human skin.
* HumanSacrifice: With a twist. According to the old tenant, what the witch is after in reality is the soul of the man that performs the sacrifice, not the child's.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted. The witch has been manipulating unfortunate men into killing children for centuries, and poor Danny meets his end at the teeth of Brown Jenkin.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr. Dombrowski, the manager.
* LargeHam: Brown Jenkin.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: At one point, Walter ponders that the witch's abilities came from having mastered [[MagicFromTechnology quantum mechanics to travel within dimensions]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Just as Walter kills the witch and saves little Danny, Brown Jenkins comes out of nowhere and kills the baby]].
* ShoutOut: [[Film/TheShining The witch takes the form of an attractive naked woman to seduce the protagonist, and reveals her true old, hideous image after she has done it]]. Also, the OminousLatinChanting heard during this scene contains the line [[CthulhuMythos "Iah! Iah!"]]
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler:The elderly tenant reveals to Walter that he killed an unspecified amount of children under the influence of the witch, and is, understandably, deeply regretful about it.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Necronomicon.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Walter and Frances.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[Film/ReAnimator Frequent]] [[Film/FromBeyond collaborator]] JeffreyCombs was Gordon's original pick for the role of Mr. Dombrowski, but was unavailable.
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[[folder:Dance of the Dead]]
Directed by TobeHooper and based InNameOnly on a short story by RichardMatheson. Peggy (Jessica Lowndes) is a 17 year-old girl who lives with her overprotective mother Kate (Marylyn Norry) in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] US TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Her father died in WorldWarThree and her older sister Anna went missing some years after that. Shortly after meeting a teenage punk named Jak ([[TheRuins Jonathan Tucker]]), Peggy ignores the advice of her mother and accompanies him to The Doom Room, a nightclub in the nearby town of Muskeet run by an eccentric manager known only as "the MC" (Creator/RobertEnglund), where the main attraction is the so called ''[[TitleDrop Dance of the Dead]]''.

* AfterTheEnd: The setting.
* DenOfIniquity: The Doom Room.
* {{Fanservice}}: Many of the workers in The Doom Room go topless.
* ForScience: Used as an apparent legal cover by the MC, as he likes to remind the audience before [[spoiler: showing them some reanimated cadavers that his assistants make "dance" with electric shocks]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[ThePowerOfLove Jak joins Peggy]] against the MC [[spoiler:and helps her "rescue" her zombified sister Anna]]. Ironically, this act sets off the chain of events that ends with [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Peggy becoming one of the regulars]] at The Doom Room, and her dead mother becoming the Doom Room's newest "dancer"]].
* HumanResources: [[spoiler: Jak and his friends are blood harvesters, who steal fresh blood from hospitals (and occasionally from live people) and sell it to the MC.]]
* ILoveTheDead: The MC performs oral sex on an animated female cadaver, and then later receives oral sex from a different animated cadaver.
* JerkAss: Kate, hands down.
* LargeHam: Creator/RobertEnglund, a master of the trope.
* MyBelovedSmother: Kate.
* MyNaymeIs: Jak spells his name with no C.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: In this case they are only vaguely reanimated corpses.
* PhlebotinumDependence: In order to "dance", the Doom Room's zombie dancers need to be regularly injected with fresh blood -- preferably from older people who are unlikely to have ever done drugs or have an STD. Additionally, the MC keeps a private stash of blood [[IDoNotDrinkWine for his own purposes.]]
* ShoutOut: The bouncers at the Doom Room are dressed in the "droog" style (derby hats, white jumpsuits, etc.) featured in the film ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Kate, fed up with Anna's hard-partying lifestyle, allowed her to die of a drug overdose and sold her corpse to the MC. Trouble was, she [[NotQuiteDead wasn't quite dead]] when her mother sold her.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* TheUnfavorite: Anna.
* WretchedHive: Cruising down the main drag of Muskeet at night makes Dodge City look like Disneyland.
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[[folder:Jenifer]]
Directed by DarioArgento and based on a comic by Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson. While out on assignment, Detective Frank Spivey (Steven Weber) shoots a deranged homeless man as he is attempting to kill a gorgeous, but hideously disfigured and apparently mentally retarded woman, Jenifer (Carrie Fleming). When informed that she will be interned in a mental asylum, Frank takes pity of Jenifer and brings her home instead, something that his family doesn't take very well. It only gets worse after that, as Frank becomes obsessed with Jenifer's body while she begins to show her true colors.

* AdaptationExpansion: The last act of the episode includes a HopeSpot where Frank seems to be getting his life back on track only for Jenifer to ruin it again.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: A quite brutal {{deconstruction}}. [[spoiler: Boy warms to Ghoul first out of pity, then becomes ''sexually'' obsessed with it. Ghoul pretends to love Boy to provide for it while Ghoul keeps murdering people.]]
* {{Butterface}}: The eponymous Jenifer, possibly to the point of [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggeration]], in that her face looks downright monstrous while still having a model's body.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Cat]]: A clear indication that Jenifer is evil is Frank's cat being terrified of her.
* {{Fanservice}}: Every time they show Jenifer's body.
** {{Fandisservice}}: Every time her face is seen.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The first indication that Frank is becoming obsessed with Jenifer is when he can't stop fantasizing about her while having a bout of rough sex with his wife, which she clearly isn't enjoying.
* {{Gorn}}: Jennifer's hunger fits.
* IdiotBall: Frank, when a lady [[spoiler: eats your cat alive in front of you]], it's time to kick her out of home.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted with the neighbourhood girl and Frank's cat]].
* NightmareFace: Jenifer.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Literally, although it wasn't somebody important to the main character.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Jenifer devours a little girl. This is when it finally gets too much for Frank.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: This is how Jenifer attracts her new caretakers, by making it seem like the previous one is a deranged psychopath who is trying to brutally murder a bound woman.
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[[folder:Chocolate]]
Directed by Mick Garris and based on his own short story. Jamie (Henry Thomas) works in a laboratory that develops flavors for a food company. One day, he begins to suffer a series of apparent hallucinations until he realizes that he's actually living the experiences of a woman in another city as if they were his own.

* TheDulcineaEffect: Jamie falls in love with the woman before actually meeting her.
* {{Fanservice}}: A man, looking through the eyes of a woman... [[MaleGaze it was bound to happen]].
* HowWeGotHere: The episode begins with Jamie covered in blood and being interrogated by the police.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Jamie gets through the final scene and tells [[FridgeLogic the whole story]] with an untreated shot through the leg.
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[[folder:Homecoming]]
Directed by Creator/JoeDante and based on a short story by Dale Bailey. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything America is fighting an unpopular war]] as the next presidential election is nearing. When confronted by the mother of a fallen soldier on live TV, David Murch (John Tenney), a publicity agent for the current government whose own brother was killed in TheVietnamWar, declares his conviction that the fallen soldiers would support the war if given the choice to come back. Unfortunately for him, they're about to. And they don't.

* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Jane Cleaver, played by Thea Gill.
* CasualKink: David's phone rings while he is having a BDSM session with Jane. He answers the phone, but she keeps whipping him a bit just to embarrass him in front of his boss.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There are references to the Iraq War, Guantanamo and the 2000 Florida voting controversy.
* GhostlyGoals: The undead soldiers only drop dead after being allowed to vote. They come back to life when the government decides to not consider their votes valid.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: President Shelly is an obvious stand-in for GeorgeWBush while Jane is a parody of Ann Coulter.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Talking (though it hurts), fully conscious, can't be killed and do not want brains.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Philip didn't die in the war. He was killed at home by the infant David, who was playing with his gun.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Philip and, arguably, several of the undead soldiers.
* StrawmanPolitical: Several characters, with Jane being the most notable.
* TheVietnamWar: David's older brother Philip fought in it [[spoiler: though contrary to what David had always believed, he wasn't killed there]].
* WarIsHell: Invoked in the final line of the episode.
* TheWarOnTerror: Not directly named, but clearly set during it.
* WriterOnBoard: '''Duh.'''
* ZombieApocalypse: Averted. The undead soldiers make it pretty clear they aren't mindless bodies there to eat people. They're entirely civilized (though a little grumpy for obvious reasons) and the only people they are shown killing did something to deserve it.
** In a hilarious turn, they settle for occupying Washington D.C. and forcing the re-elected Shelley to flee as a way to show their continuing discontent.
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[[folder:Deer Woman]]
Directed by JohnLandis. In a small town, disgraced detective Dwight Faraday (Brian Benben) and his friend Officer Jacob Reed (Anthony Griffith) are given the opportunity to investigate a series of mysterious deaths where the victim was apparently trampled by an unknown animal. All the victims were male and were last seen while in company of a mysterious, beautiful, Native American woman (Cinthya Moura).

* {{Bambification}}: Averted.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:It's unclear whether it's either this or DownerEnding. Reed has been killed, the Deer Woman has claimed her victims, and vanishes when Faraday tracks her down. There's no indication that she won't come back in a few years, but at least won't kill any more people for the time being.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Faraday seems like a well-adjusted guy for most of the episode, but when a guy on the street tries to rob him, [[CowboyCop he plants the guy's own knife in his shoulder after overpowering him]], even forbidding him to take it out instead letting the doctors do it. Makes for a great BrickJoke later on.
* BlackWidow: One of the quickest examples with the Deer Woman.
* BrickJoke: "Do any of you guys know anything about this guy who claims he was attacked by a cop with a knife?"
* ButtMonkey: Detective Fuchs.
-->'''Every other character, including his partner:''' Shut up, Fuchs!
* CuteMute: The Deer Woman (before she reveals her intentions).
* DeathBySex: The Deer Woman's MO.
* {{Fanservice}}: The Deer Woman always goes topless before she kills.
* ForTheEvulz: Just like in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Woman original legend]], the Deer Woman kills horny men for absolutely no reason. This is lampshaded by Faraday when he is first introduced to the legend.
* {{Gorn}}: The Deer Woman's victims, most notably when Faraday picks up what's left of the trucker's lower jaw at the beginning.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Deer Woman has the upper body of an attractive Native American woman, and the lower body of a deer.
* ImagineSpot: In a particularly funny bit Faraday muses about the possible scenarios that could have resulted in the crime scene where the trucker got stamped into a bloody pile, one involving a skimpy girl beating the inexplicably helpless trucker to death with a fake deer leg ("[[ReactionShot ...Stupid]]"), another the girl and the trucker being attacked by a [[{{Bambification}} Bambified]] deer ("...Retarded"), and the third the trucker being killed and the girl abducted by a humongous deer man ("...Fuck").
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Subverted. While the person that provides the clue to solving the mystery is a Native American, he's just a casino owner who thinks that the legend is stupid.
* MuggingTheMonster: The street robber who tries to hold up Faraday.
* NativeAmericanCasino: Faraday and Reed go there on their off time, but actually manage to solve the mystery because one of the staff knows about the old legend.
* OhCrap: [[WhamLine "Have you seen her feet?"]]
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: The first indication to the Deer Woman's identity.
* ShoutOut: Suspecting an incidence of animal transformation, Faraday cites the events of ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', also directed by Landis, as a documented case.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Reed, knowing full well that there might be a mythological monster woman running around killing hapless men, doesn't bat an eye when a gorgeous, mute, girl whose feet he hasn't seen swoons over him, and wants to come back to his place with him. When Faraday calls him up and points this out [[OhCrap he finally realizes]], but it's already too late.]]
** For his fair, he was already a bit drunk when the Deer Woman shows around and then only get more wasted.
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[[folder:John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns]]
[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Directed by]] JohnCarpenter. Kirby (Norman Reedus) is the owner of a run-down cinema whose girlfriend Annie (Zara Taylor) recently committed suicide. In order to pay a debt he owns to Annie's hateful father Walter (Gary Hetherington), Kirby accepts the request of eccentric millionaire Bellinger (Udo Kier) to locate the only surviving copy of ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' (The Absolute End of the World) for him, a film ShroudedInMyth that is said to be the ultimate BrownNote. It's sort of a contemporary version of William Chambers' anthology ''TheKingInYellow''.

* AntiHero: Kirby, of the "brooding hero with a dark past" type. Formerly a drug junkie who got his girlfriend addicted and eventually drove her to suicide, he still has few heroic qualities in the present day, and is only doing the job for the money and his obsession with the film. He still cares for his dead girlfriend, though.
* ArtifactOfDeath: ''La Fin Absolue du Monde''. Pretty much anyone involved in the production died because of it, as do people who go after it.
* ArtifactOfDoom: ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' of course.
* BaldOfEvil: Dalibor.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack:
** [[spoiler:Annie is covered head to toe in blood when she emerges out of the theater screen at the end.]]
** Downplayed with Dalibor after he decapitates [[spoiler:the taxi driver]].
* [[spoiler:BrokenAngel]]: Kirby encounters a pale, gaunt, vaguely male figure with healed stumps at its shoulder blades. [[spoiler:It is strongly implied that this was the angel that was mutilated in ''La fin absolue du monde'', the short film that the protagonist seeks.]]
* BrownNote: ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' drives people crazy just from ''thinking too much about it''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Bellinger's suicide. Intestines + film projector = not a pretty combination.]]
* DecapitationPresentation: Dalibor creates a SnuffFilm by filming himself decapitating [[spoiler:Kirby's taxi driver]] right in front of Kirby, and presenting the severed head to him.
* DownerEnding
* DrivenToSuicide:
** Annie killed herself by [[BathSuicide slicing her own wrists in the bathtub]].
** [[spoiler:Kirby later AteHisGun under the effects of ''La Fin Absolue Du Monde''.]]
** [[spoiler:Bellinger, who cuts out his small intestines and inserts them into a film projector. We don't see him breathe out his last breath, but not much else could have come of it.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Bellinger's butler cuts out his own eyes after seeing the film.]]
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler:In a hallucination, Annie is completely stark naked... and covered in blood.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Quite possibly the most Carpenter has ever put into a single feature since ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]''.
* ImAHumanitarian: When the film is presented at the end, [[spoiler:Annie emerges out of the theater screen. Her father comforts her, but she's "hungry", and takes a bite out of his neck. It's a hallucination.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Annie's father. Kirby treats him like an unreasonable jerkass, but Kirby did get his daughter killed by indulging her drug habit, abysmally failed to get her on the right track despite agreeing with him to do so, is still massively in debt to him, and just evades him whenever the topic of repaying the loan comes up. [[spoiler:It's only when he resolves to kill Kirby that he [[MoralEventHorizon crosses the line into outright villainy]].]]
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: The only characters to survive are Kirby's theatre assistant, Bakovic's widow and Henri, none of whom were present at the climax. The angel also survives.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The search for ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' starts out as this for Kirby, to pay off his enormous debts. Later on he becomes increasingly obsessed with the film itself.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:In this case, angels are corporeal creatures and can be tortured, and the one seen in the episode is quite uglier than one would expect at first. It's heavily implied that the film's evil is the result of documenting the desecration of said angel.]]
* SanitySlippage: Anyone who watches or is involved with ''La Fin Absolue du Monde''.
* SnuffFilm: Dalibor, one of the persons visited by Kirby while searching for the film is a Snuff director, while ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' features the torture and mutilation of [[spoiler:an angel]].
* ShoutOut: The film playing at Kirby's cinema is DarioArgento's ''DeepRed''.
* ShroudedInMyth: The movie itself.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''.
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[[folder:The Fair-Haired Child]]
Directed by William Malone. 13 year-old Tara (Lindsay Pulsipher) is kidnapped by a couple of retired musicians, Anton (William Samples) and Judith (Lori Petty), and imprisoned in their run-down basement. While in there, she learns that she is to be sacrificed as part of a DealWithTheDevil in exchange of resuscitating the couple's teenage son, Johnny (Jesse Hadock).

* DecapitationPresentation: The monster keeps the heads of its victims in a drawer in the basement.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Johnny is so sick about the whole thing that he makes another DealWithTheDevil himself to take his parents in exchange for their latest victim]].
* HumanResources: The garden corridor used during the ritual to bring Johnny back to life is made of human bones.
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[[folder:Sick Girl]]
Originally going to be directed by RogerCorman, who was later replaced by Lucky [=McKee=], and based on the short story ''The Feather Pillow'' by Horacio Quiroga. Shy Dr. Ida Teeter (Angela Bettis) is a lesbian entomologist that can't find a companion that also shares (or merely tolerates) her love for bugs before she meets the weird artist Misty Falls (Misty Mundae). That same day, Ida receives a package from Brazil containing a newly-discovered insect that is a parasite for warm-blooded animals. HilarityEnsues.

* {{Adorkable}}: Both Misty and Ida.
* TheDanza: Averted. Misty Mundae is credited under her real name Erin Brown.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A synopsis in {{Imdb}} described it as a metaphor of "the dangers of moving too quickly into a relationship".
* [[BoyMeetsGirl Girl Meets Girl]]
* [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Ear Full Of Insect Wing-Wong]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Ida's partner Max constantly pokes fun at his colleague's sexuality and begs her to tell him everything about her dates in time for [[ADateWithRosiePalms the morning shower]]. He also keeps his hand in a "special place" while talking to her on the phone.
* LipstickLesbian: Both Misty and Ida.
* NightmareFetishist: Ida has a most unladylike fascination with insects and her apartment filled with various insectoid pets. It creates a lot of friction with her landlady and makes it downright impossible for her to land a date.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The happy music at the end.
* StrawmanPolitical: The landlady.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: While not an actual ghost, Misty fits the image several times during the episode.
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[[folder:Pick Me Up]]
Directed by LarryCohen and based on a short story by David J. Schow. A bus containing a small number of passengers breaks down in the middle of nowhere. They are soon visited by a trucker, Wheeler (Michael Moriarty) and a hitchhiker, Walker (Warren Kole). Both of them are [[SerialKiller serial killers]]. When the passengers are reduced to only one left, Stacia (Fairuza Balk), the hunt also becomes a feud between the two.

* ActorAllusion: Wheeler claims to be a cop and [[LawAndOrder to have served in New York years ago]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Stacia, near the end.
* DiabolusExMachina: Just after causing a road accident and getting rid of Walker and Wheeler, [[spoiler: Stacia is picked up by two paramedics who turn out to also be serial killers themselves]].
* EvilVersusEvil: A serial killer versus another serial killer, perfectly fitting each other's MOs. Subverted later on when they decide to work together. [[spoiler: Double subverted in the end, when they're both killed by a pair of killer ambulance drivers.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Marie.
* {{Gorn}}: "You sure are more confortable without all those clothes... and all that skin..."
* ImprovisedWeapon: Walker strangles a person with a dead snake and Wheeler decapitates another with the door of the bus' suitcase compartment.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Walker and Wheeler become the victims of two other serial killers]].
* MeaningfulName: Walker and Wheeler.
* ProperlyParanoid: Marie's first thought about Walker and Wheeler is that they are serial killers. She's right. Ironically, both of them decide ''not'' to kill her... [[spoiler:but leave her tied to a tree with barbed wire in the middle of nowhere instead]].
* SerialKiller: The drifter and the truck driver. [[spoiler:And the ambulance crew.]]
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[[folder:Haeckel's Tale]]
Directed by [[HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller John McNaughton]] and based on a short story by CliveBarker. At the end of the 19th century, a man who has just lost his wife comes to the house of Miss Carnation, the Necromancer (Micki Maunsell) and begs her to bring his love BackFromTheDead. She hesitates, but when he insists she proposes to revive her if he still wants her to do so after he hears the tale of medical student Ernst Haeckel (Derek Cecil), that happened 50 years before.

* BrainBleach: One word: [[spoiler: Necrophilia]]
** Also: [[spoiler:Pederast's ''juice'']].
* DarkestAfrica: Montesquino claims to have learned necromancy from "the Shaman of Zanzibar".
* {{Fanservice}} / {{Fandisservice}}: Elise's sex scene.
* HollywoodAtheist: Haeckel.
* ILoveTheDead
* ShoutOut: In the beginning, Haeckel and his teacher discuss the experiments performed by some German doctor called {{Frankenstein}}. Haeckel tries to replicate then his attempt to revive a cadaver using electricity but only manages [[TakeThat to burn it]].
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: [[NarratorAllAlong Miss Carnation is Elise]].]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Wolfram and Elise, as he admits himself. [[spoiler: Even moreso when he becomes a zombie.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Both [[Film/DawnOfTheDead George A. Romero]] and RogerCorman were offered to direct this episode.
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[[folder:Imprint]]
Directed by TakashiMiike and based on a novel by Shimako Iwai. In 19th century Japan, an American journalist named Christopher (Billy Drago) arrives at a remote island looking for Komomo (Michie), a woman he's in love with that was sold to a brothel by her adoptive family. While there he comes across a disfigured prostitute (Youki Kudoh) that tells him the story of her life. This episode was filmed in Japan by Kadokawa Pictures and was never broadcast unedited due to its ridiculously high BrainBleach quotient.

* BadBoss: The madame.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: [[spoiler: The disfigured prostitute's siamese "sister" is clearly the one in charge]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The nicest thing to say about the disfigured prostitute's one.
* BloodFromTheMouth: The disfigured prostitute's father.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The disfigured prostitute's "sister"]].
* BrainBleach: From beginning to end.
* BrotherSisterIncest: The disfigured prostitute's parents were sibblings. Christopher also had a relationship with his younger sister.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Inflicted on Komomo after she is falsely accused of robbing a ring.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The disfigured prostitute [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair has blue hair]] and clothes, the other prostitutes red, and the madame greenish-black.
* CreatorCameo: Watch for Shimako Iwai, writer of the original novel. '''''She plays the torturer.'''''
* DrivenToSuicide: The disfigured prostitute claims first that this was what happened to Komomo. After Christopher says he doesn't believe her, she admits that [[spoiler: she actually killed Komomo (and was also the one that committed the robbery and falsely accused Komomo in the first place).]]
* {{Fingore}}: Done to Komomo. With needles.
* GlasgowGrin: The disfigured prostitute has half of one as a result of a genetic defect.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: The only character that is good in the episode is Komomo, and she is [[PosthumousCharacter dead before it begins]].
* ImperialJapan: The setting.
* MadeASlave: All the women (in particular, the disfigured prostitute was sold to a brothel by her mother).
* NoNameGiven: The disfigured prostitute, who is credited as "woman".
* TranslationConvention: Unlike the second season's ''Dream Cruise'', this episode was filmed in English but with all the characters presumed to be speaking Japanese the entire time. Christopher is first though to be Dutch[[note]]The story is set shortly after the end of Japan's Sakoku period, when the only Western traders allowed were Dutch[[/note]].
* WretchedHive: The remote island is "only inhabited by demons and whores".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: a few scenes depicting the disfigured girl have her with dark blue hair, especially noticeable in her childhood.
[[/folder]]

!!Season Two

[[folder:The Damned Thing]]
Directed by TobeHooper and based on a short story by AmbroseBierce. In 1981, a peaceful family man in a small Texas town went crazy the night of his 40th brithday and killed his wife before being killed himself by an invisible force. Twenty four years later, his still traumatized son Kevin ([[TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles Sean Patrick Flannery]]) is sheriff of the same town and nearing 40 himself when the same unknown force seems to appear again and turn his fellow countrymen against each other.

* AHouseDivided: Unsurprisingly, it doesn't end well.
* BodyHorror: The MirrorScare.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Father Tulli, played by Ted Raimi, seems to be the only priest in town despite it being an entirely Anglo-Saxon settlement in a notorious member of the American Bible Belt.
* ClusterFBomb: ''Everyone'' after they get possessed.
* DropTheHammer: One of the crazed residents commits suicide this way.
* EldritchAbomination: [[TitleDrop The Damned Thing]].
* InTheBlood: Tulli suggests Kevin a confession after reminding him that he is about to reach the age when his father and grandfather died.
* SinisterMinister: Tulli, although he wasn't himself.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Family]]
Directed by JohnLandis. On the surface, Harold (George Wendt) is a friendly man that lives alone in a quiet Midwestern neighborhood. But underneath, he's a crazed SerialKiller obsessed with forming the perfect "family" and he has set his eyes on the new young couple, the Fullers (Meredith Monroe and Matt Kesslar) that have moved across the street.

* ActionGirl: Celia Fuller.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Everything the Fullers did was part of a plan to capture Harold.]]
* [[spoiler: TheBait]]: Celia.
* ChekhovsSkill: The Fullers' professions.
* DemBones: Not the animated ones, but Harold collects skeletons and treats them as actual persons.
* DisposingOfABody: Subverted, Harold is introduced while using [[HollywoodAcid acid]] to disolve a corpse, but it's because he wants it StrippedToTheBone to ''keep'' the [[DemBones skeletons]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Harold.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: The Fullers keep Harold alive for two weeks, torturing him from beginning to end before they kill him.]]
* ImagineSpot: Harold has several when he talks to Celia. He also has full conversations with his "family".
** FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: It's possible that he ''wasn't'' imagining the scenes with Celia. Think about it: the Fullers already ''knew'' Harold was a serial killer. They wanted to catch him in the act so they could find out what he had done with their daughter's body. So Celia was ''actually'' flirting with him, as a way of baiting him so that he'd try going after her next.]]
* MommyIssues: Harold.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The Fullers argue if they should have another child, while Harold sees Celia as a better "wife" than the one he has now.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The Fuller's daughter didn't die of cancer. She was Sarah, the little girl that Harold "adopted". Everything they did was part of a plan to capture Harold and unleash their bloody vengeance.]]
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Harold's "mom" during one ImagineSpot.
* SerialKiller: Harold.
* SoundtrackDissonance: TheSociopath Harold is introduced with the uplifting gospel song "Jesus Gave me Water". (but it wasn't from the well)
* StepfordSuburbia: Harold's home.
* TakeThat[=/=]StealthPun: The camera highlights TheSociopath SerialKiller has a portrait of Dick Cheney in his living room.
* TheOner: The episode starts with a long camera shot from Harold's house door to his basement.
* VillainProtagonist: Harold.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The V Word]]
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson. Two bored teenagers, Kerry (Arjay Smith) and Justin (Branden Nadon), sneak into a morgue one night and are attacked by a vampire, [[ShoutOut Mr. Chaney]] (MichaelIronside).

* AndStarring: Michael Ironside.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler: "[[IWishedYouWereDead Cut my old man's throat]]".]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Mr. Chaney thought kidnapping Justin's little sister and forcing him to feed on her would work. He was wrong.
* BlackBestFriend: Kerry.
* BlackBlood: Only the vampires.
* DepravedHomosexual: Mr. Chaney is a (former?) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephebophilia ephebophile]]. Conveniently, he is only interested in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything turning male teens]].
* EarlyFilms: [[UniversalHorror Universal's]] ''{{Dracula}}'' is playing on the TV when Justin arrives home.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Used to bring down Chaney]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Justin]]
* NoodleIncident: We do learn a ''lot'' more of Mr. Chaney's backstory than we ever cared to know, but we never find out exactly how he became a vampire.
-->Justin: "How'd you get like this? You bite the wrong dick or something?"
-->Mr. Cheney: "'''''Or something'''''."
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: These have black eyes and extremely pale skin, but normal looking teeth and do reflect on mirrors. Also, staking them in the heart does not kill them [[spoiler: but decapitation and sunlight does.]]
* ShoutOut:
** "[[NightOfTheLivingDead They are coming to get you, Barbara!]]"
** "[[{{Dracula}} I do not drink... wine]]"
** The vampire is named Mr. Chaney, after Lon Chaney Jr., the UniversalHorror legend.
** When Mr. Chaney first goes after the boys, his hand's shadow reproduces the trademark scene of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
* SophisticatedAsHell:
-->Mr. Chaney: Anyway, he told me that your dad was a mean, evil, bastard, that he was a... (''to Kerry'') what'd you call him? Ah, a '''''dickface'''''! Yes, a dickface, how wonderful."
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: [[spoiler: Justin commits suicide by exposing himself to the sun while being strapped to a cross-shaped table. His last words are in fact "God, make it stop soon".]]
* YouWillBeSpared: [[spoiler: Justin refuses to feed on his family, and makes Kerry promise he will stay away from them too.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sounds Like]]
Directed by Brad Anderson, the director of ''Session9'' and ''TheMachinist'', and based on a short story by Mike O'Driscoll. Larry Pearce (Chris Bauer) is a supervisor in a tech support company that begins to descend into madness as his fine sense of hearing only gets [[GoneHorriblyRight better]].

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "Please! Make it stop!"
* BlessedWithSuck: Larry's superhearing makes him discover that his son has a cardiac affliction, but only too late to save him; it also makes him better at his job, but not good enough to meet his boss' expectations, while his subordinates hate him for it; and finally, it drives him crazy as it just keeps getting better, and better, ''[[GoneHorriblyRight and better]]''...
* JerkAss: Larry comes as this several times.
* MeaningfulName: Larry ''Pearce''. And, yes, it's pronounced "pierce". [[DontExplaintheJoke As in "ear-piercing".]]
* MistakenForGay: In a total break with his usual character, Larry acts ''too'' friendly to one new employee that he sees as a ReplacementGoldfish for his son. The employee is creeped and resigns the next day.
* TheNothingAfterDeath: [[spoiler: Larry's main source of angst is that while he only keeps hearing better and better he never manages to hear his son's ghost]]
* SinisterScrapingSound: After a while, literally everything.
* {{Workaholic}}: Larry, to the point of refusing a leave when his son dies. He also keeps mentioning stuff from work when talking to his wife.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:John Carpenter's Pro-Life]]
Directed by JohnCarpenter. 15 year-old Angelique Burcell (Caitlin Wachs) arrives at a remote abortion clinic convinced that she is pregnant with the spawn of the Devil. Shortly after, her [[TheFundamentalist Christian fundamentalist]] father Dwayne (RonPerlman) and three brothers come with the intention of getting her out and stopping the abortion at any cost.

* BadassNormal: Dr. Kiefer faces the Burcells alone and wins the first two assaults against them.
* BoomHeadshot: Not one, not two, but '''three''' of them!
* CanYouHearMeNow: The Burcells cut the clinic's phone line before getting in. Still, [[FridgeLogic it was very convenient that nobody was carrying a cellular]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Dwayne Burcell does this to Kiefer when he finally gets him.
* EldritchAbomination: [[HalfHumanHybrid The baby]], less so its father.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: "The Father" clearly breaks down when he sees that his baby has died, and leaves, carrying its body, without killing more people.]]
* ExpressDelivery: Angelique goes into labor less than a week after conception.
* FootFocus: The impregnation and torture scenes.
* TheFundamentalist: Dwayne.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The baby.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: "Support abortion, or else Satan's child will be born."
** How 'bout this one: "If you [[HearingVoices hear a voice]] telling you to do things like torture a doctor or shoot up an abortion clinic, then maybe you shouldn't listen to it"?
* StrawmanPolitical: Dwayne.
* VirginPower: Subverted. [[spoiler: All the survivors are non-virgins]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pelts]]
Directed by DarioArgento and based on a short story by F. Paul Wilson. Sleazy small time fur trader Jake Feldman (MeatLoaf) gets his hands on some priceless raccoon pelts that might be his ticket to win a fortune and with it the attention of sexy stripper Shanna (Ellen Ewusie). Too bad the furs are not just priceless, but cursed.

* ArtifactOfDeath: The raccoon pelts.
* AttemptedRape: Feldman tries to rape Shanna in their first scene together.
* BatterUp: Jeb teaches Larry to kill the raccoons this way. [[spoiler: Then Larry kills Jeb in the same manner.]]
* BearTrap: Used by Larry [[spoiler: to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill commit suicide]]. [[{{Gorn}} Head first]].]].
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Averted. Shanna claims to have been hurt by Feldman's size when they finally get together.
* BillingDisplacement: John Saxon gets top billing along Meat Loaf on the DVD cover, despite playing a very minor character.
* BiTheWay: Shanna.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack:
** Larry Jameson isn't all that disturbed about all the blood on his face and arms.
** [[spoiler:Feldman, the twist being that ''it is all his own blood''. He skinned ''himself''.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Either this or KarmicDeath depending on whether you belong to the "Fur is Murder" crowd or not.
* EthnicMenialLabor: Feldman's workshop is staffed by exactly one Hispanic employee and a lot of Chinese women.
* FreudianSlip:
-->'''Feldman:''' I've gotta find something sharp.
-->'''Shanna:''' What?
-->'''Feldman:''' I've gotta freshen up.
* FurAndLoathing: Complete with SpaceWhaleAesop.
* {{Gorn}}: The inevitable result of the raccoon fur's effect on people.
* HowWeGotHere: The episode opens with the police looking at [[ForegoneConclusion Feldman's and Shanna's dead bodies]].
* HunterTrapper: John Saxon's character, Jeb Jameson.
* LonersAreFreaks: Mrs. Mayter.
* MsFanservice: Shanna.
* PrettyInMink: Shanna opens to Feldman after being given the chance to wear the coat made out of the raccoons fur.
* ShoutOut: The [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0779496/ DVD cover]] is reminiscent of PETA ads starring Naomi Campbell.
* TempleOfDoom: The ancient city is either a very ruined version of this or an IndianBurialGround.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Thirteen raccoons get caught in the traps.
* {{Youkai}}: The raccoons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Screwfly Solution]]
Directed by Creator/JoeDante and based on a short story by James Tiptree Jr.. A Michigan family tries to survive while a pandemic of unknown origin expands through the world turning the male population into woman-murdering psychopaths.

* [[spoiler:AlienInvasion]]: It is revealed in the end that the plague was engineered by [[spoiler:[[EnergyBeings glowing aliens]] presumably]] as part of a plan to [[spoiler: take over Earth without actually having to fight for it.]]
* AllMenArePerverts: The plague explicitely switches the men's sexual urges to violent ones. The only way for men to resist it is by different types of castration (chemical and ''actual'', to be specific). Once all the women are dead they turn their attention to the younger boys with a man shrugging off the fact that he murdered his teenage son.
* DaydreamSurprise: [[spoiler:Alan heads home on a flight, and arrives there at night. He and his wife Anne put their daughter to sleep, and then make love to each other. Alan becomes violent, starts strangling Anne, and pulls a knife on her. Then he wakes up back on the plane.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: The sex scenes and the strip club.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler:Firmly on its way by the end. By December all women on the planet are either dead or dying, leaving the men to slowly die off one by one.]]
* {{Gendercide}}: Of the women.
* HatePlague: A male-centered one, [[spoiler:engineered by aliens]].
* HumanResources: Anne, [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a man]], reveals herself to the male clients of a hunting shop when she can't hide her horror at looking at a bag made out of a woman's breast. This prompts the men to go after her.
* IgnoredExpert: Alan and Barney have a meeting in Washington D.C. with members of the government and the military. They explain that the ongoing gendercide is a concerted attempt to exterminate the human race, that the women in the infected areas need to be evacuated, and that the men, especially those in important positions, need to take medication that will lead to chemical castration to prevent them from turning into murderers. All their advice is ignored.
* InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: Used completely straight, as a mother trains her daughter to fire a gun.
* NeckSnap: Used by a male flight assistant to "control" a scared woman.
* NotHimself: Anne's husband after he becomes infected. Defied with [[spoiler:Barney, who chemically castrated himself to prevent this]].
* NoWomansLand: Quite literally in the "liberated" areas of the world.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Sons of Adam.
* ShoutOut: In one scene, a group of test subjects is shown different types of porn to investigate the development of the disease. The violent porn movie is actually footage from season one's ''Imprint'', an episode that was censored from broadcast in the US.
* SinisterMinister: The priest in the Canadian hospital.
* SweetPollyOliver: Anne disguises herself as a man to prevent being murdered on sight by the next infected man.
* TooDumbToLive: Amy is oblivious to the situation from beginning to end, to the point of [[spoiler:abandoning her mother in the forest to come back to her already deranged father, who promptly murders her]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Valerie on the Stairs]]
Directed by Mick Garris and based on a short story by CliveBarker. Rob Hanisey (Tyron Leitso) is a young man who has just gone through a terrible break up, and who is struggling to publish his first novel, when he is accepted in the Highberger House for aspiring writers. Soon after moving there he begins to have repeated encounters with a mysterious woman, Valerie (Clare Grant), who pleads him to save her from the demon-like creature known as The Beast (TonyTodd). However, [[YouHaveToBelieveMe none of the other residents believe him and think that he's just crazy]], although a small group led by the oldest resident, Everett Neely (ChristopherLloyd), seems to know more than they say.

* AuthorAppeal: In-universe example, since the story is set in a boarding-house for aspiring writers.
* TheBrute: The Beast.
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler: Rob takes Valerie out of the house, upon which she vanishes. Rob realizes then that ''he'' is a fictional character and everything he did was written by the boarding house residents. [[GainaxEnding He dissolves then in a pile of written papers]], whose last line is "And so it came to pass that Rob Hanisey never became a published author".]]
* DistressedDamsel: Valerie.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Rob and Valerie.
* {{Fanservice}}: Valerie's nude scenes.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It begins as your average HauntedHouse story [[spoiler: but turns out to be a RefugeeFromTVLand plot]].
* TheHero: Rob.
* InterspeciesRomance: Valerie and The Beast.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The Beast collects women and is particularly interested in Valerie.
* MirrorScare: Valerie's first scene.
* NeutralFemale: Valerie never attempts to free herself, and just stares at Rob and The Beast during the final battle.
* OldShame: Everett's only published work was the script of a B-Movie starring a ManInARubberSuit.
* [[spoiler: RefugeeFromTVLand]]: [[spoiler: Valerie, The Beast and ''Rob himself'' are fictional characters created by the house residents.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Rob tells Everett that he is crazy, prompting him to reply "You too! We are writers."
* TomatoInTheMirror: See CruelTwistEnding above.
* WritersBlock: After moving, Rob can't write beyond the first line.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Right to Die]]
Directed by [[Film/WrongTurn Rob Schmidt]]. The marriage of Cliff Addison (Martin Donovan) and his wife Abbey (Julia Benson) is going through dire times when the couple suffers a dramatic car accident. Cliff only gets minor wounds but Abbey is burned alive completely, losing all her skin and senses and falling into a coma. Resolved to end his wife's suffering, Cliff disconnects Abbey's life support, only to discover that her ghost has come back with a vengeance.

* AmoralAttorney: Ira.
* BandageMummy: Abbey after the accident.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Cliff.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Ira burns alive after being stuck to a supermagnet, Trish [[spoiler: is skinned and quartered while still alive]], and [[TheUnreveal we can only speculate]] about what happens to Cliff in the end.
* DeathBySex: Trish. [[spoiler: In a twist of events, it is ''Cliff'' who murders her, not Abbey.]] And [[{{gorn}} not in a tame way]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: It's hard to watch this episode and not think of the Terri Schiavo case.
* EyesAreUnbreakable: Averted.
* {{Fanservice}}: Abbey's actress has some very spectacular assets and is completely naked when her spirit first appears to Cliff. However, this image switches rapidly to FanDisservice when [[{{squick}} her skin begins to fall off]].
* GreyAndGrayMorality: None of the characters are genuinely good.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Cliff is carrying [[spoiler: Trish's dismembered corpse]] in a bag on top of his car when some pieces fall off. He stops to pick them and a police car immediately appears only [[CrowningMomentOfFunny for the driver to scream at him to get out of the way and disappears as quickly]].
* JacobMarleyApparel: Present or averted depending of Abbey's wish.
* ManOnFire: Abbey, Ira.
* MedicalHorror: Trish's death.
* TheMistress: Trish.
* NightmareFace: Abbey after the accident.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Abbey's mother.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Ira, [[spoiler: Cliff]].
* SpookyPhotographs: Trish sends some erotic photos to Cliff's cell phone, with Abbey appearing behind her.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Trish.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: The car's combustion wasn't spontaneous. It was actually done by Cliff with the explicit purpose of murdering Abbey - who, to make things worse, was pregnant with his child at the time.]] This completely changes the viewer's opinion about Cliff and his early actions, as it is now obvious that [[spoiler: his intention to disconnect Abbey wasn't because of her will, but his.]]
* TheUnreveal: Cliff's fate.
* WomanScorned: From the grave!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We All Scream for Ice Cream]]
Directed by [[Film/ChildsPlay Tom Holland]] and based on a short story by John Farris. Layne (Lee Tergesen) returns to his childhood neighborhood just as his former friends begin to disappear one by one, leaving nothing but their clothes soaked in a milky substance. The reason seems to be linked to an ice cream delivery clown, Buster (William Forsythe), who died around that time.

* TheAlcoholic: Toot.
* AssholeVictim: Virgil.
* BackFromTheDead: Buster is back... [[TheUnreveal somehow]].
* BadHumorTruck
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Buster is defeated by making a [[ItMakesSenseInContext voodoo ice cream]] of him.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: The [[TheBully young Virgil]] pissed his pants when he discovered that [[spoiler: Buster [[FacialHorror had no real nose]] under the fake one.]]
* DepravedBisexual: Virgil.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler: Buster wants to kill the children (now grown men) that killed him.]]
* ImMelting: Type A on the victims and [[spoiler: Buster.]]
* MonsterClown: Buster.
* MusicalTrigger: The children go into trances when they hear the ice cream truck music.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Virgil.
* TeamDad: Papa Joe.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Black Cat]]
Directed by Stuart Gordon and based on a short story by EdgarAllanPoe. Set in Philadelphia around 1840, EdgarAllanPoe (Jeffrey Combs) is going through a bad case of WritersBlock as he begins to hit the bottle more than usual and his young wife Virginia (Elyse Levesque) contracts tuberculosis. To make things worse, their pet black cat Pluto begins to act a lot [[CatsAreMean meaner than usual]].

* TheAlcoholic: Poe.
* [[spoiler: AllJustADream]]
* AnAxeToGrind: By the end, Poe tries to kill the cat with an ax. It doesn't end well.
* AnswerCut: "Really, Mr. Poe, where does all the money go?" [[TheAlcoholic Glug glug glug]].
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Virginia, the cat]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Virginia, coupled with IncurableCoughOfDeath.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Poe accidentally hacks Virginia on the head. She doesn't die instantly.]]
* ColorWash: Red is very bright, while other colors are toned down.
* EyeScream: Poe attacks the cat with a cutter.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Poe and his wife.
* IndulgentFantasySegue: Poe goes through one when talking to his editor.
* JacobMarleyApparel: No matter what happens to the cat, it just comes back with the mark of it.
* JerkAss: Poe.
* KindheartedCatLover: Virginia.
* KissingCousins: One of the men [[spoiler: attending Virginia's funeral]] remarks that the Poes are first cousins. "Something perhaps acceptable in [[DeepSouth Richmond]], but not here".
* LivingShadow: The cat, when he follows Poe to his second home.
* MeaningfulName: In Greek mythology, Pluto is the king of the Underworld.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Poe tries to use this at the bar, and fails because ''everybody'' knows who he is. And that he doesn't pay.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Washingtonians]]
Directed by Peter Medak and based on a short story by Bentley Little. Mike Franks (Johnathon Schaech) moves with his family into his late grandmother's house in rural Virginia. There he finds an ancient portrait of GeorgeWashington, and hiding behind it a fork [[HumanResources made of human bone]] and a letter where the first president of the United States declares his love for [[ChildEater eating children]]. Soon they are the target of [[TitleDrop The Washingtonians]], a secret society devoted to keep alive and hidden the "[[ImAHumanitarian tradition]]" set by their founding father.

* AncientConspiracy: Parodied.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: GeorgeWashington was a cannibal. Also, the secret clique he founded ate JohnAdams.
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes: At the last minute, Professor Harkinson (SaulRubinek) brings a three-person SWAT team to rescue the Franks family and kill all the Washingtonians.]]
* CannibalClan: A whole village of them.
* ChildEater: The Washingtonians price children as a meal.
* CorruptHick: The two cops that answer Mike's call are Washingtonians themselves.
* HumanResources: Washington's special cutlery.
* ImAHumanitarian: George Washington as well as several other founding fathers and their descendants. This was due to Washington and the founding fathers eating some of the troops (causing an acquired taste for human flesh) during the Valley Forge incident in 1777.
* RockBeatsLaser: Averted.
* SlasherSmile: The Washingtonian by the window.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dream Cruise]]
Directed by [[TheRing Norio Tsuruta]] and based on a short story by [[Film/DarkWater Koji Suzuki]]. Jack Miller (Daniel Gillies) is an American lawyer in Tokyo who is deathly afraid of water and has recurrent nightmares about the drowning death of his brother Sean when they were children. He's also having an affair with Yuri Saito (Yoshino Kimura), the wife of his colleague Eiji (Ryo Ishibashi). When Eiji invites Jack to a cruise on his yacht, he finds soon that Eiji already knows about the affair, but that's not the biggest of his and Yuri's problems.

* CanYouHearMeNow: One of the first signs that something's wrong is that the yacht's radio stops working.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: Jack's undead brother only wants to protect him from the actual vengeful ghost he stumbles upon later]].
* DrowningPit: Yuri is trapped in the yacht's bathroom as it fills with water.
* TheReveal: The vengeful female ghost [[spoiler: was Eiji's first wife. He murdered her in that same spot of the sea, and she's been haunting it ever since.]]
* TranslationConvention: Averted. The Japanese characters only speak Japanese between themselves.
* UndeadChild: Sean.
* WalkOnWater: The ghost near the end.
* YourCheatingHeart: Yuri cheats on Eiji, while Eiji [[spoiler: cheated on his first wife and killed her before marrying Yuri]].
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* AntiHero: Kirby.Kirby, of the "brooding hero with a dark past" type. Formerly a drug junkie who got his girlfriend addicted and eventually drove her to suicide, he still has few heroic qualities in the present day, and is only doing the job for the money and his obsession with the film. He still cares for his dead girlfriend, though.
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[Film/ReAnimator Frequent]] [[FromBeyond collaborator]] JeffreyCombs was Gordon's original pick for the role of Mr. Dombrowski, but was unavailable.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[Film/ReAnimator Frequent]] [[FromBeyond [[Film/FromBeyond collaborator]] JeffreyCombs was Gordon's original pick for the role of Mr. Dombrowski, but was unavailable.
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** For his fair, he was already a bit drunk when the Deer Woman shows around and then only get more wasted.
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Mr. Chaney thought kidnapping Justin's little sister and forcing him to feed on her would work. He was wrong.
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* DeadLittleSister: Annie, Kirby’s dead girlfriend. She killed herself for reasons that are never quite explained, but her copious drug abuse seemed to have sent her in a downward spiral.



* DeadLittleSister: Christopher's little sister, [[spoiler: who was apparently abused and killed by him]].



* DeadLittleSister: The Fullers lost their first daughter.



* DeadLittleSister: Larry's dead little son.
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** In a hilarious turn, they settle for occupying Washington D.C. and forcing the re-elected Shelley to flee as a way to show their continuing discontent.
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Unclear whether it's either this or DownerEnding. Reed has been killed, the Deer Woman has claimed her victims, and vanishes when Faraday tracks her down. There's no indication that she won't come back in a few years, but at least won't kill any more people for the time being.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Unclear [[spoiler:It's unclear whether it's either this or DownerEnding. Reed has been killed, the Deer Woman has claimed her victims, and vanishes when Faraday tracks her down. There's no indication that she won't come back in a few years, but at least won't kill any more people for the time being.]]
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