- Ax 2013
Masters of Horror - Deer Woman
Stephen R.Brown (executive), Morris Berger (executive), John W.Hyde (executive), Mick Garris (executive), Keith Addis (executive), Andrew Deane (executive) for IDT Entertainment, Nice Guy Productions, Industry Entertainment/Showtime
directed by John Landis
starring Brian Benben, Anthony Griffith, Cinthia Moura, Sonja Bennett, Julian Christopher, Don Thompson, Alex Zahara, Walter High, Michael P.Northey, John B.Destry, John Bear Curtis, Maxine Miller, John R.Taylor, Edmond Kato Wong, Steve Archer, Ben Cotton, Lisa Marie Caruk, Zoltan Buday, Andy Thompson, Travis Dugas, Jordan MacKay, Clint Andrew
written by Max Landis, John Landis, music by Peter Bernstein
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Detective Farraday (Brian Benben) - a cop who once accidently shot his
partner and is now assigned to animal attack cases - and officer Reed
(Anthony Griffith) are asigned to a rather peculiar case: A man was found
trampled to death by a deer - the hoofmarks are clearly visible - inside
of his truck, and what's even stranger, the deer or whatever it was ripped
out the truck's door from the inside - but then took great care in putting
it back. The two cops soon realize that whichever way they look at it, the
case makes no sense ... and while they are still investigating, the deer
or whatever it is kills more people, and it all seems to be connected to
an amazingly beautiful woman (Cinthia Moura), who was last seen with all
of the victims - which doesn't mean the case akes any more sense now.
Finally, in an Indian Casino, the two cops stumble upon an old Indian
legend about a creature half woman half deer, who - in the olden days -
mingled with the Indians at their festivities, picked out a healthy young
man ... and ultimately brutally killed him using her deer hoofs.
Unfortunately though, Reed doesn't take the legend seriously enough, and
when he later in the casino meets a beautiful woman, he does not hesitate
to take her to his appartment for you-know-what, without checking her feet
first (just to see if they are hoofs).
Of course he is trampled to death like all the others, but not before
he can call Farraday for backup.
Soon, a car chase ensues, but Farraday can stop the deer woman only
when he blinds her with his headlights (it seems to work on all deer,
mythological or not), after which he just runs her over. But just when he
thinks he has shut the case, the deer woman disappears into thin air.
If you think this plot sounds silly, you are absolutely right.
Fortunately though, director John Landis, who was always more of a comedy
director than a horror director, seems to know exactly how silly his story
sounds and turns it into a surprisingly amusing horror comedy that picks
out the story's shortcomings one by one and makes fun of them.
Probably not the best but possibly the funniest episode of the
(generally speaking mediocre) Masters of Horror-series.