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DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Masters of Horror - John Landis - Deer Woman

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Michael Osadciw, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Michael Osadciw

    Michael Osadciw Screenwriter

    Jun 24, 2003
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    Distributed by: Anchor Bay Entertainment
    Original Air Date: 09 December 2005 (Season 1, Episode 7)
    Film Length: 57 minutes
    Genre: Horror/Thriller

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    Release Date: June 27, 2006.

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    Brian Benben (Dwight Faraday), Anthony Griffith (Officer Jacob Reed), Cinthia Moura (The Deer Woman)

    Written by: Max Landis & John Landis
    Directed by: John Landis

    HTF DVD Reviewer Matt Stone writes: Deer Woman is John Landis’s entry into Showtime’s excellent Masters of Horror collection. I’m much more familiar with Landis’s comedy work (Trading Places is still one of my all-time favourites), and I’ve only seen An American Werewolf in London a couple of times (and not for a good long while), but you can see his skill on display here. The film’s opening scene is moderately cliché for the horror genre, but his crafty use of visual storytelling really sells it. I was definitely sucked in from the start.

    The film’s main character is police detective Dwight Faraday (played by Brian Benben). Apparently the expert in “weird stuff” (and with a similar clichéd “dark past”), Dwight is assigned to the case of a dead (and heavily mutilated) trucker. I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking, “Hey, I bet the Deer Woman did it!” And you know what…BINGO, you’re right! The rest of the film is devoted to discovering this fact in its gory details.

    Benben is really solid as the lead. He’s done mostly B-level stuff in the past (I can’t see him without thinking of “I Come in Peace” or NBC’s Kingpin). He’s able to play the straight man and have nearly impeccable comedic timing at the same time. Cinthia Moura is sexy yet off-putting as the film’s antagonist (or “Deer Woman” if you will ). The film was shot and edited very effectively. It never rally stumbles past B-grade horror, but it’s put together very well. Landis’s sense of humour is definitely present during the film (he co-wrote the movie with his son). It’s obviously short and to the point, but doesn’t move too fast (as some other Masters of Horror entries have). Overall, Landis’s entry places toward the top of the already-released Masters of Horror titles. It’s far from grade-A horror, but the tongue-in-cheek tone makes it a very fun film to watch. A little cheesy at times, yes, but I’d still rank it second behind Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns. Definitely worth a watch if you’re into the horror-comedy thing.

    HTF DVD Reviewer Mike Osadciw comments: Out of the current Masters of Horror titles available, this is my favourite title of them all. It’s a perfect blend of jumps and humour that makes John Landis’s work so amusing. It makes me want to watch An American Werewolf in London again…

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    HTF DVD Reviewer Mike Osadciw writes: like all other Masters of Horror titles, this title is presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen. There is good colour in the picture showing the differences in skin tones between each character. The rough unshaven face of Faraday to the silky smooth cheeks (and other parts) of the Deer Woman are displayed well on screen. Contrast is good, but like many Anchor Bay discs, it suffers from a minor amount of artefacts…a digital haze…or compression artefacts are present throughout giving it a gritty look.

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    HTF DVD Reviewer Mike Osadciw writes: The use of 5.1 surround is limited to the front channels. There are a few instances of surround use but the effects aren’t that directional or noticeable. The surrounds are used mainly to make the front soundstage sound wider. The LFE channel is used minimally and all bass comes from the front channels. The sound design is good enough, I guess, with dialogue never sounding too forward and effects integrated nicely. The quality of the recording is good, although with 448kbps Dolby Digital we are missing a lot of the original recording.

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    HTF DVD Reviewer Mike Osadciw writes: Since there is very little LFE I’d have a tough time recommending the transducer. There is one effective moment though…and it involves a deer kick to the chest…that gave me a good wallop on the sofa!


    HTF DVD Reviewer Matt Stone Writes:

    Animal Hooves (26:10): A fun look at John Landis’s career through Deer Woman (I’m assuming the title is supposed to be a half-assed reference at Landis’s classic, Animal House). The featurette is essentially Landis speaking about his past and experience working on Deer Woman. This was very fun to watch, primarily because Landis is such an interesting guy.

    Working With A Master – John Landis (22:30): A more detailed look at Landis’s past comprised of interviews with people that he’s worked with. Like many of the other
  2. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    I'm glad to see you guys liked this one. I only heard bad word of mouth about this episode and when I saw it, I liked it. I can see how if you wanted HORROR then you'd be dissapointed but I never expected John Landis to even try to make a scary entry.
  3. Russell G

    Russell G Fake Shemp

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    I loved this one!!! It was goofy, and completely wallowed in the retarded concept, yet still had a few intense moments at the end.

    I loved Landis' coments in the featurette. "How would I describe my Masters Of Horror entry? Sillly..."

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