Masters Of Horror: Pelts (2007) – By Brian Morton

 Okay, I have to say it, Mick Garris is a genius! Who else has ever had the idea to take a small budget, hand it over to the greatest minds in horror and tell them to make whatever movie they’d like with it? That’s exactly what Mr. Garris did with the Masters Of Horror series on Showtime. The first season was amazing, everything from zombies to overgrown bugs, but with the release of the first episode from the second season on DVD, it seems that season two will be equally as good. The first to hit shelves is from Dario Argento and if you’re one of those PETA nuts, this is definitely a horror movie for you!

Pelts is a strange little story that begins with John Saxon as a mountain man who makes his living by trapping animals for their fur, when he finds a place what’s teeming with raccoons, he believes he’s hit the jackpot. Little does he suspect that these particular animals are under the care of a witch, so when he trapped, kills and skins the animals their pelts become cursed. Shortly after contacting a buyer for his poached pelts, John is killed by his son, who’s been possessed by the furs, the son then kills himself, by shoving his head into a trap…it’s Argento at his gruesome best! Well, the story doesn’t end there, you see before he died, John contacted a furrier, played by Meat Loaf, who comes to the farm, ignored the dead bodies and takes the cursed pelts. Now, since anyone who comes in contact with the pelts comes to a horrific end, it’s only a matter of time before the bodies start piling up…and they do!

Besides being a commentary on the fur trade, Pelts is just a good old-fashioned Giallo-style horror movie. All the things that you love about a Dario Argento movie are here, the look of the movie is beautiful, there’s the constant overtone of sexuality throughout, and it all leads to the blood flowing. Masters Of Horror: Pelts is just another great installment to this great series. I may be starting to sound like a cheerleader for this series, but believe me it’s totally worth it! I’m giving Pelts 4 out of 4 cigars, the highest mark I give any movie…and Pelts deserves all that and more. If you’d like to grab a copy of Masters Of Horror: Pelts for yourself, you can head over to the Anchor Bay Web Site to find out how to get one for yourself. So, until next time, when I’ll declare myself a Master…not of Horror, of Twinkees, remember that the best movies are bad movies!