Masters of Horror - HP Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witchhouse review by The Grim Ringler


"Masters of Horror"
H.P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House



Ya see, this is the entry that, so far, made my friends and I wonder how the hell messed up Takeshi Miike’s entry must be not to make the cut as, damn Stuart Gordon, this is some nasty stuff going on here.


A math nerd from Miskatonic University takes up residence in boarding house and gets the honor of having the Creepy Room with the Creepy Angles. While this may unnerve others, our boy is terribly excited to be in a room that has the exact angles that he has been seeking to inspire his theory – that ours is but one world of many and that worlds can intersect at certain angles. He will get a chance to prove this theory when a witch and her rat familiar (with an endearing human face) decide that this stressed out grad student is the perfect candidate to possess and make to do the witch’s bidding. This bidding would be to obtain a baby for sacrifice to the witch, and, wouldn’t you know it, there just happens to be one right…next…door! The man resists but the power of the witch is strong and he isn’t sure he can stop himself from doing as she asks, unless that is he acts before she can.


A very solid, very nasty episode with one major flaw – music that seems far too whimsical for this story. I like the scores of Charles Band but, really, this time he sorta botched it. And that’s a shame, as it’s a pretty good episode. And leave it to Stuart Gordon to make a grim story outright NASTY. And bully for him. The end seemed a bit much, though it matches the tone of what HPL liked to do, but I admire that he took it to the place he did here. What’s funny, too, is that Gordon saw that he could do anything he wanted and, dammit, he did just that, with nudity, gore, and, well, that ending. Well done sir, well done.

Very good episode, with so-so music.



8 out of 10 Jackasses
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