FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thirteen Legendary Directors -
Thirteen Shocking Excursions Into the Heart of Horror -
The Ground-Breaking, Award-Winning Series That Redefined Terror
Is Available as a Package for the First Time!
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT PROUDLY PRESENTS
THE MASTERS OF HORROR
SEASON ONE BOX SET
Limited Edition "Mausoleum" Packaging Houses
All 13 Terrifying Episodes and 30-Plus Hours of Bonus Features,
14th Disc Features Never-Before-Seen Extras;
Laying To Rest on DVD August 28, 2007
BURBANK, CA (June 25, 2007) - The wait is over! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes season one of Masters of Horror
, the innovative film anthology series that assembled the greatest practitioners of horror to create 13 unforgettable journeys into the unknown and the unnatural, as a complete box set for the first time.
Just like the series itself, the Masters of Horror Season One Box Set
breaks all the rules again! Housed in a specially designed "mausoleum," the box set contains all 13 DVDs from MOH Season One
-- each disc boasting 2-3 hours of bonus features -- as well as a "14th disc" of all-new, never-before-seen footage including an insider's glimpse at the gatherings that inspired the series: a specially assembled MOH
dinner with the Season One directors, taped at Hollywood's famed Magic Castle!
Winner of numerous accolades, including an Emmy™ and two Saturn™ awards, the Masters of Horror Season One Box Set
will be limited to 20,000 units – once the mausoleums are gone, there's no resurrecting them! SRP for this treasure tomb is $79.97 and pre-book is July 31st.
"We really wanted to give the fans something special for the Season One box set, as a thank you for their unwavering support of the series," said Mick Garris, series creator and executive producer. "We've always strived to make Masters of Horror
something truly unique within the genre, far from the remakes and sequels synonymous with modern horror, and now fans can enjoy Season One in its entirety and as a single experience."
The Masters of Horror Season One Box Set
presents each episode complete and in its entirety, in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) and riveting Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Housed on separate discs, the 13 episodes each feature up to 3 hours' worth of value-added supplements, including commentaries from the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, career retrospectives, festival interviews conducted by Mick Garris himself, still and storyboard galleries, trailers, screenplays (DVD-ROM) and more. The "14th Disc" - available exclusively with the Box Set – contains such never-before-seen footage as:
- Masters of Horror Dinner – Mick Garris assembles the Season One directors for a special MOH dinner at Hollywood's legendary Magic Castle;
- Masters of Horror DGA Panel discussion
- Fantasy Film Festival: Mick Garris Interviews Steven Spielberg
- Fantasy Film Festival: Mick Garris Interviews John Boorman
The 13 Masters of Horror Season One
episodes, in alphabetical order by director:
- Dario Argento's "Jenifer"
Steven Weber ("Wings") stars in and adapts the shocking comic book about a modern-day Lolita, disfigured beyond description but possessing siren-like powers to enthrall the bodies and souls of men unfortunate enough to cross her path. Co-starring Carrie Anne Fleming (Good Luck Chuck).
- John Carpenter's "Cigarette Burns"
A film collector's search for a notorious film leads to a cinematic conspiracy that stretches from life to death and from Heaven to Hell. Written by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, this unforgettable look at the dark side of artistic expression stars Norman Reedus and genre fave Udo Kier (Rob Zombie's Halloween).
- Larry Cohen's "Pick Me Up"
A battle royale ensues along a desolate road between two serial killers who prey on unsuspecting travelers. Caught between these two psychopaths is Stacia, (Fairuza Balk, The Craft, The Waterboy) who will need to choose her ally carefully, lest she become another casualty in their deadly game of cat(s) and mouse.
- Don Coscarelli's "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road"
Based on Joe Lansdale's short story and adapted by Stephen Romano, "Incident" pits Ellen (Bree Turner, American Pie 2), a seemingly defenseless young woman, against Moonface (John DeSantis, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), a deformed and demented serial killer. Chained to the floor of Moonface's horrific cabin with his unsavory roommate (Angus Scrimm, the "Tall Man" from the Phantasm films), Ellen must marshal all her survival skills as she races against the clock to escape a grisly fate.
- Joe Dante's "Homecoming"
The subject of intense debate ever since its debut, "Homecoming" blends zombie horror and contemporary political satire with chilling -- and timely -- results. Terror and scandal grip the nation when dead soldiers rise en masse to have their voices heard one more time during the Presidential election. Based on the award-winning short story "Death and Suffrage" by Dale Bailey and adapted by Sam Hamm (Batman), "Homecoming" stars Jon Tenney ("The Closer") and veteran Dante collaborator Robert Picardo ("Star Trek: Voyager").
- Mick Garris' "Chocolate"
Written and directed by the show's Creator and Executive Producer, "Chocolate" concerns Jamie (Henry Thomas, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Gangs of New York), a newly divorced young man who inexplicably starts to experience brief and random sensory flashes from someone –and somewhere – unknown. Eventually, he discovers a horrifying secret that engages him in an erotic dance of death.
- Stuart Gordon's "Dreams in the Witch House"
Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft's short story by Gordon and his frequent collaborator Dennis Paoli, "Dreams" spins the strange tale of college student Walter Gilman (Ezra Godden) who rents an attic room in a quaint but dilapidated building. When Walter accidentally uncovers the gateway to a parallel universe, he begins to suspect that he might be an unwitting pawn in a satanic ritual that demands the life of his neighbor's infant!
- Tobe Hooper's "Dance of the Dead"
"Dance of the Dead," adapted from the Richard Matheson short story, depicts a post-apocalyptic dystopia wherein re-animated corpses of former friends and enemies dance on stage at The Doom Room for the entertainment of the few that survived a nuclear holocaust. Robert Englund ("Freddy Krueger" from the Nightmare on Elm Street films) makes an unforgettable appearance as The Doom Room's twisted MC.
- John Landis' "Deer Woman"
Blending humor and horror, "Deer Woman" stars Brian Benben ("Dream On," Radioland Murders) as cynical detective Dwight Faraday who, while investigating a series of grisly murders, suspects that the culprit may be an ancient Native American mythological creature, bridging human and nature with deadly consequences. Written by John and Max Landis – John's son.
- William Malone's "Fair Haired Child"
Starring Lori Petty (Tank Girl and A League of Their Own), "Fair Haired Child" spins the bizarre tale of a thirteen-year-old outcast named Tara who is kidnapped by a strange couple and locked in a basement with their teenage son Johnny. Determined to learn the reason behind the kidnapping, Tara forms a special bond with the boy, both of them hoping to survive the unrelenting night to come. Written by Matt Greenberg (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later).
- Lucky McKee's "Sick Girl"
Angela Bettis (Girl Interrupted) plays Ida Teeter, a dedicated entomologist, whose only respite from her loneliness is her love of bugs. When Ida falls for the beautiful but mysterious Misty (Erin Brown), she cannot believe her good fortune. But is there more than meets her eye? Both genre and gender bending, "Sick Girl" tells the sad tale of a rather unique love triangle between two women…and the bug that got between them!
- Takashi Miike's "Imprint"
Perhaps the most controversial of all the Season One episodes. Banned from broadcast due to its' visual intensity, the DVD presents the film exactly as intended by its creators. An American journalist (Billy Drago, The Untouchables) searches 19th century Japan for a love he left behind years earlier. Spending the night with a mesmerizing but enigmatic prostitute (Youki Kudoh, Memoirs of a Geisha), he learns the danger of dredging up old ghosts and that sometimes the sins of the parents truly are passed on to their children.
- John McNaughton's "Haeckel's Tale"
Based on a short story by Clive Barker and adapted for the screen by series executive producer Mick Garris in association with horror legend George A. Romero. When Ernst Haeckel (Derek Cecil) finds shelter in a secluded cabin deep in the New England countryside, he's welcomed but with a warning: no matter what he hears outside, he must not leave. When he hears the cries of an unseen baby, mixed with horrifyingly guttural groans, Haeckel impulsively disobeys and becomes embroiled in an orgy of the undead. Jon Polito (Miller's Crossing, "Desperate Housewives") co-stars.
Premiering on the Showtime cable network in October 2005 to critical and public acclaim, each one-hour Masters of Horror
film set a new standard in terror, written and directed by some of the genre's leading practitioners.
The executive producers of Masters of Horror
are Morris Berger and Steve Brown; Starz Media's John W. Hyde; Industry Entertainment's Keith Addis and Andrew Deane; and Nice Guy Productions' Mick Garris. Reunion Pictures' Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe are producers. Industry Entertainment's Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning are co-producers on the series.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is distributed by Starz Home Entertainment, a division of Starz Media. Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming -- including theatrical films -- and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.
Industry Entertainment Partners, a leading talent management and production company, has produced award-winning films including sex, lies and videotape, Drugstore Cowboy, The Player, Requiem for a Dream
, and Quills