Hello, my name is Akari. Akari Kekse. Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about horror on television. I talked about great shows like Masters of Horror, Monsters and Tales From The Dark Side.
Today, I bring you the sequel of that article. Like last time, I will limit myself by only talking about one episode per show. Also, I will only talk about anthology series, so I will not include great shows like X-Files, Buffy or American Horror Story. I am really sorry.
As always, if you have great memories of these or other shows which have left an imprint on your brain, please let me know in the comments section below.
I hope you enjoy it!
Masters of Horror - Season 1, Episode 8 - John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns
There are a great quantity of damned objects around the world. Cursed paintings, cursed songs, cursed dolls. Objects that can ruin you for life. Objects that can kill you.
Enter La Fin Absolue du Monde. The cursed movie.
Kirby Sweetman is about to lose his theater due to debts. He needs $200,000 to keep it open. He is desperate. So when a rich man asks him to find a legendary film that had only brought damnation, decadency and death, he has no option but to accept.
One of the best episodes of this magnificent show. It was directed by the genial John Carpenter and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) is in it. Need I say more?
La Hora Marcada - Hamburguesas
Welcome to the Holy Grail of Horror.
What is La Hora Marcada (The Marked Hour)?. Well, it's a little Mexican horror TV show from the 90's. Why should you care? Well, what if I tell you that several Oscar winners participated in this amazing show?
Do names like Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki ring a bell? Yes, they all won Oscars. Also, they all participated in La Hora Marcada.
But they weren't the only ones to bring their incredible talent to this show; Guillermo del Toro did too. Maybe you have heard of him.
Hamburguesas (Burgers) was written and directed by Del Toro. It's a horrific tale of zombies and human greed. Sadly, it's actually quite hard to find. There is a version on Youtube without subtitles, but the quality of the image is horrible. Also, the ending is not available (an episode of The Simpsons was recorded over it on the tape). I still remember the conclusion, but I will not spoil it to you.
Guillermo Cano finds a lost woman working at a burger restaurant. He contacts her parents, only to discover that she was declared dead a few weeks ago. Guillermo will try to find the truth that lies behind the amiable facade of this perverse restaurant . . .
So, we can only hope that they release this episode again on Blue -Ray or DVD. The fans would love that. Please.
"Tales from the Crypt" - Season 3, Episode 11 - Split Second
Liz Kelly-Dixon dreams of a life of adventure and excitement. Sadly, after she marries an ugly, jealous and violent, but rich man, she finds that her life would not be as she hoped. One day, she meets a handsome and noble lumberjack who is asking for a job. To get rid of her boredom, she seduces him, without realizing that it could be her last mistake . . .
This is not one of the most famous episodes of the series, but I think it is one of the best. The plot is highly unconventional and the pay-off is amazing. The moral of the story? Don't mess with lumberjacks.
Tales from the Darkside - Season 3, Episode 11 - Seasons of Belief
Myths and legends are powerful things. The more you talk about them, the more real they become.
A couple of pesky children are bored on Christmas Eve. Their parents, to calm them down, decide to tell them a story about a sinister creature known as The Grither. It lives in the North Pole and every time a person says its name, it gets closer and closer until it gets you and kills you. The good part is that it is only a made-up story, so it can't hurt, right?
A classic episode that terrorized our childhood. Beware of the things that come out of your mouth . . .
Fear Itself - Season 1, Episode 5 - Eater
Fear Itself is the spiritual successor of Masters of Horrors. Sadly, it never reached its magnificent levels of dreadfulness. But still, we can find some excellent episodes in here.
Danny Bannerman is a rookie officer who is about to face the most dreadful experience of her short career. A perverse serial killer known for eating his victims arrives at the precinct to spend the night locked up. This evil man will do anything to escape and Danny will stand on the edge of reality while facing a true nightmare. Can she survive the horrors of this terrible night?
An episode packed with action and suspense. Also, I loved the ending.
Night Visions - Season 1, Episode 3 - A View Through the Window
Army Major Ben Darnell is called to investigate an incredible and strange event: a lovely and romantic farm had appeared in the middle of the hot desert. The catch is that nobody can access it; an invisible barrier prevents it. A lovely family lives in there, in tranquility and peace, without realizing that they are being watched . The Major will try to find a way to cross this barrier to get to this fantastic land that can make his dream come true. At least, that's what he believes . . .
This episode is special for me because I read the short tale that inspired it years before I watched it on TV. It was an incredible surprise to see one of my favorite horror stories ever adapted to the screen.
The Twilight Zone - Season 1, Episode 20 Sanctuary
Imagine that you arrive to the perfect place, a real paradise on Earth. You have delicious food and clothes that fit you perfectly. You have a great view and everything that you ever dreamed of. Except for all the distractions of this modern world. Would you stay there, or you would try to return to this ordinary and perverse reality?
This is the dilemma that Scott Turner has to face, after finding an idyllic mansion in the middle of the forest. In there, he will find a lovely and intelligent woman who has accepted to spend the rest of her life with him. Soon, a mysterious girl arrives. Their tranquility and stability are at risk because of her, and they will have to face a great test . . .
Sanctuary may not be a horrific episode, but if you like themes like religion and spirituality, I am sure that you will dig it.
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