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YMMV: Masters Of Horror
  • Anvilicious:
    • While the series tends toward good old-fashioned gore and nudity, Season One's "Homecoming", directed by Joe Dante (of Gremlins and The Howling fame), is anvilicious to the extreme. For no clear reason, the soldiers killed in Iraq rise from their graves as shambling zombies — not to eat us, but simply to vote against the current president. The supporting characters are all pastiches of Real Life political heavyweights (Karl Rove becomes "Kurt Rand," Ann Coulter is "Jane Cleaver"). When the zombies garner enough sympathy to sway public opinions, and the election outcome favors the opposition, the zombies' votes are thrown out to skew the results (in Ohio and Florida, natch). Of course, the zombies won't stand for this, and suddenly all of America's war dead (all the way back to the Civil War) rise from the grave to get revenge.
    • Some say "Pro-Life" as well.
  • Complete Monster: The horror anthology series usually has various monsters and serial killers as villains, but there are those who eclipse any others on the show in terms of sheer evil:
    • From "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," the silent Evil Albino serial killer dubbed "Moonface" lives in a remote cabin in the woods. He periodically kidnaps people from the nearby road to brutally torture and murder them, taking care to dispose of their cars so no one will catch him. He typically uses an electric drill in his torture cellar to perforate his victims through the skull, eyes first. Then he crucifies the corpses and displays them around his lawn. He has also kept an elderly man captive for an untold amount of time to the point that the guy went completely crazy and became slavishly devoted to him. There are even some infant skeletons stashed around his cabin, still in their baby carriages.
    • From "Dreams in the Witch-House," the Wicked Witch of the episode habitually sacrifices babies for her magic rituals. She uses her abilities to force various men to kill them for her, destroying countless more lives in the process. She also uses a Shapeshifting Seducer trick to have sex with the protagonist by impersonating his neighbor, apparently to further mess with his mind for kicks. It's later discovered that there were at least 80 baby corpses hidden in the walls of the house going back all the way to the 1600s, so she has been willingly doing this for centuries and for seemingly no other reason than For the Evulz.
    • From "The V Word," Mr. Chaney is a blood-thirsty vampire who sees his new transformation into a creature of the night as a great opportunity to murder people to his heart's content. He was also a pedophile before his undeath who sexually abused many boys at the school he worked at. He slaughters a mortuary's entire staff, turns two teenage boys in the age group he previously targeted to become his new obedient vamp minions and tries to force one of them to murder his little sister to prove himself to his new "master".
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Different for everyone. Common picks are Imprint, The Fair-Haired Child, Jenifer, Cigarette Burns, Homecoming and Family.
    • Imprint gets a nod just because Takashi Miike went so far into the extreme that they couldn't even air the episode!
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • It probably shouldn't have been funny, but the main heroine finding the killer's skeletons in Family is funny mostly because of how excited the skulls look to meet her.
    • A couple other episodes are pretty funny if you take them tongue in cheek. An example might be the ending to Pick Me Up.
    • Landis' other contribution, Deer Woman, we are treated to three hilarious Imagine Spots.
  • Ear Worm: "Jesus Gave Me Water" song from Family. Hear
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Sick Girl plays its ending completely straight... except we know the bug's offspring explode out of their parents, so the girls are going to die horribly in a matter of days. You call that liberating?!?
  • Fridge Brilliance: In Family, when David (who is a doctor) casually meets Harold in the hospital waiting room with a nasty cut in his forehead after having suffered a car accident, he lets him jump the line saying that Celia wouldn't forgive him if Harold bled to death because that would deprive her of the chance to torture and kill him herself.
  • Hollywood Homely: Women try to distract male attention by wearing unflattering clothes, with varying degrees of success in The Screwfly Solution.
  • Ho Yay: Dalibor and Kirby in Cigarette Burns.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Depending on one's interpretation, Jenifer could either be a Siren or some kind of demonic temptress who lures men to their doom, or she could just be a severely disfigured and severely disturbed young woman. In particular, her ability to repeatedly make men lust and obsess over her (oftentimes to the point of insanity) despite her monstrous face is something that can be interpreted in quite a few different ways.
    • Shredding people to pieces with her bare hands (or teeth), even the armed man who was hired to catch her seems to be more supernatural than manipulating men with sex.
  • Narm:
    • Brown Jenkin camps hilariously in Dreams in the Witch-House, even going "boo!" at a passing police officer for no reason whatsoever after brutally murdering the main protagonist.
    • While Imprint is supposed to be a serious story, some of the actors' thick accents make it kind of hilarious.
    • The Screwfly Solution is rife with this, especially Amy, who's got to be the most suicidally stupid teenager ever portrayed in fiction.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 2 is held up as this.
  • She Really Can Act: Erin Brown, previously known as Misty Mundae in a lot of softcore lesbian videos (often Mockbusters), does a surprisingly good job in Sick Girl.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The episode "Homecoming" is a brick-through-plate-glass rant against needless wars, and government corruption and duplicity. It doesn't just drop an anvil on the viewers, it drops a railroad car full of pig iron — and it only works because the message isn't hidden. Unfortunately, it spawned a Misaimed Fandom that were screaming about how Ann Coulter wasn't eaten by zombies...note  They also have Karl Rove's ersatz having his eyes gouged out and his head repeatedly slammed on a metal table until he dies. This happens 10 minutes after he says,
    Kurt Rand: The three of us sold a war, dammit! We sold a war based on nothing but horseshit and elbow grease! We are the best in the goddamn game!
    David Murch: It's not a goddamn game, Kurt!
  • Squick:
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: We All Scream for Ice Cream is about a ghost clown that kills people by giving voodoo ice cream of them to their children.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: In The V Word, the vampire 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".
  • The Woobie:
    • Stacia in "Pick Me Up". Fresh out of an abusive relationship, she hits the road—and her bus gets a flat tire, forcing her to get out and walk. Shortly thereafter, she gets kidnapped by a serial killer, used as bait to catch a rival serial killer, survives a truck crash, and promptly gets kidnapped again, when the two paramedics who show up at the crash site turn out to be serial killers themselves ...Jeez, this girl just cannot catch a break.
    • The angel in "Cigarette Burns" has been tortured and mutilated to make an Artifact of Doom, and kept in chains by a deranged art collector for years. He ends up regaining his freedom and taking the film with him to prevent further destruction.
    • The elderly tenant in "Dreams in the Witch-House". Years prior, he too was seduced by the witch and forced by her to sacrifice several children, something he is understandably regretful of, and has spent his remaining years as a recluse in his apartment (which is filled with crucifixes), praying every night and trying to drive the witch away. In the end, he hangs himself after the sacrifice of Danny goes ahead.
    • In "Imprint" The disfigured prostitute's life story is astoundingly tragic. First of all her face is horribly disfigured due to a genetic defect. She is abused as a "freak" by everyone around her and was sold into sexual slavery by her own mother. Then it's revealed that the parents were incestuous siblings and the defect is because she's an inbred child. The father was a violent man who regularly beat her mother and also raped his daughter during one of his violent episodes. A local Budhist monk also raped her. And she has a mutated evil "sister" growing out of her head who hurts her and forces her to do evil things.


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