Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child (2006) – By Brian Morton

 Every time I think that the Masters of Horror series has hit it’s peak, they manage to find a new height to reach and that doesn’t change with the latest entry from the first season, William Malone’s Fair Haired Child.

Fair Haired Child is the story of a couple that have lost their son. Now, nothing compares with the loss of a child, I think we can all agree. It’s enough grief to drive the strongest person to the depths of despair and to do a thing that would, normally, be inconceivable and that’s what happens here. When 15-year-old Johnny dies in a boating accident, mom and dad decide to make a deal with the devil to bring him back. The deal? Well, once a year, for twelve years, a virgin must be given to Johnny. At that time, Johnny turns into a demon and eats them alive. Well, it’s only twelve years, right? Well, our story begins in the 12th year, and young Tara. Mom and Dad kidnap Tara, make sure that she’s pure (by tricking her, you perv!!), and then drop her into the basement with Johnny.

Fair Haired Child provides everything that a good episode of Masters of Horror promises, frights, a few shocks and a great ending. I would love to tell you how well done the end is, but I don’t want to ruin it for you, this is a movie that deserves your attention…in fact, the whole series is that good too! If you’d like to check Fair Haired Child, or any of the episodes of Masters of Horror out for yourself, you can go to the Anchor Bay web site for all the details. So, until next time, when we’ll talk about how, not only am I NOT a master of horror, but I’m barely a master of my own destiny, remember that the best movies are bad movies.