Masters of Horror Box Set

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

For two magnificent seasons, fans of horror had the crap scared out of them on a weekly basis. I’m talking, of course, about the Masters of Horror anthology series that ran on Showtime from 2005 to 2007. Sadly, it’s no longer on the air, but you can still enjoy all the gore and spiritual mayhem thanks to the Masters of Horror box sets available from Amazon.

The whole thing started in 2002 when director Mick Garris (The Stand) got a bunch of pals together for dinner. The group in attendance read like a Who’s Who of the horror genre: Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, Guillermo Del Toro, Don Coscarelli, Stuart Gordon, John Landis, and Bill Malone. Everyone had a blast swapping stories and sharing experiences in the industry, and Del Toro dubbed the group “The Masters of Horror.”

Garris had such a great time that he organized additional gatherings, hosting horror luminaries including Dario Argento, Lloyd Kaufman, Eli Roth, David Cronenberg, Robert Rodriguez, and Wes Craven. Then, in 2005, he took the whole thing to another level.

The concept was simple: Get legends from the world of horror to make a series of one-hour movies. Showtime jumped at the opportunity, and Masters of Horror was born. In some foreign countries, many of these self-contained episodes were even released in theatres.

Debuting three days before Halloween in 2005, the series drew rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. Each Friday, a new episode would air, and a total of 25 tales of terror were eventually released. Actually, 26 episodes were made, but Takashi Miike’s “Imprint” was deemed too disturbing to be broadcast. Luckily, it is included as part of the Masters of Horror box set.

The series won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Television Presentation, and in 2007 it picked up another Satellite Award for Best Television Series Released on DVD. But more importantly, Masters of Horror helped rejuvenate the careers of a number of actors and directors. This list includes such notable figures as Ron Perlman, Sean Patrick Flanery, John Carpenter, William Forsythe, and Ted Raimi.

While not available together, Amazon carries both of the Masters of Horror boxed sets. That means you can purchase Masters of Horror: The Complete First Season, then turn right around and add Masters of Horror: The Complete Second Season to your shopping cart. And thanks to their low prices, you’ll be able to save about $40 in the process. Those of you with Blu-ray players will also be thrilled to know that the first season is available in this format, and it’s exclusive to Amazon. Just click on the link to enjoy Masters of Horror on Blu-ray.

Masters of Horror: Season One Box Set

Presented on 14 discs, this Masters of Horror box set includes each episode from Season One, including the controversial and unaired “Imprint” by Takashi Miike. In addition, there’s a ton of bonus material available, including deleted scenes, a round-table discussion of horror at L.A.’s Magic Castle, and series creator Mick Garris talking about the genre with a whole host of Hollywood celebrities.

Here’s a detailed list of the episodes from Season One in the order they were aired. Since the directors were an integral part of the marketing for the show, I’ve also included their names in each entry.

Masters of Horror: Season Two Box Set

Eleven discs are included, and the whole thing is packaged in a cool replica of a human skull. Bonus material is available on each disc, and the entire affair can be counted on to provide 764 minutes of terrifying fun. If you buy Masters of Horror: Season Two from Amazon, you’ll save around $15 versus the list price.

The following episodes are included:

If you enjoy being frightened, head over to Amazon and order Masters of Horror: Season One and Masters of Horror: Season Two. We do get a small commission when you make a purchase, but it all goes right back into our site (and costs you nothing extra).

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