Masters of Horror: Season 1, Episode 7

Deer Woman (9 Dec. 2005)

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A harried, burned-out cop believes that a recent string of murders prove that the murderer might be a deer-like creature in the form of a beautiful woman right from a local Native America folklore legend.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Walter High ...
Pool Player
Peeing Trucker
Detective Dwight Faraday
Officer Jacob Reed
John B. Destry ...
Trucker Witness (as John Destry)
John 'Bear' Curtis ...
Truckstop Owner
Detective Patterson
Maxine Miller ...
Dog Lady
Dead Monkey Man
Edmond Kato Wong ...
Desk Cop (as Edmond Wong)
Cinthia Moura ...
Deer Woman
Steve Archer ...
Business Man
Theoretical Trucker
Theoretical Girl


When the body of a truck driver is found trampled in his truck, the burnt-out detective Dwight Faraday is assigned for the bizarre case. He arrives to the crime scene in a parking area with Officer Jacob Reed and their investigation discloses that the victim had left a tavern with a gorgeous woman and apparently had been trampled by a heavy animal in the truck cabin. Later, two other bodies of men arrive in the morgue in the same conditions, and the coroner Dana notes that all of them had erection in the moment of death, and Dwight notes hooves in the body. Dana investigates further and finds deer footprints and hair in the corpses. When Dwight and Reed talks to an Indian descendent in a casino, they unravel a Pohancan legend about a deer woman, half woman but having deer hooves and trampling men after seducing them. Without any other lead, they begin to believe that every legend is based on facts. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Did You Know?


Part of the story takes place in the "River Rock Casino Resort". In many shows like "CSI", a named Casino is usually a fictitious one. But this is a real Casino - the River Rock Casino Resort, in Richmond Canada. What confuses some viewers is that there is another Casino named "River Rock Casino Resort" in Geyserville, California, U.S.A. See more »


Near the end of the episode when Detective Faraday leaves Officer Reed's apartment, he gets into his car which has the red light on top still flashing (as he left it when he arrived). As he enters the car, the red light appears to turn off, only to be back on in the next shot. Minutes later in the woods, Deer Woman kicks his car, which causes the light to fall off the roof and fall to the side while still flashing. Presumably it fell off the car and is lying in the road as we never see it on top of the car or see the red flashing light ever again. However, as Detective Faraday pins Deer Woman to a tree using the car, we can see the reflection of the red flashing light in the windshield on a close-up of Detective Faraday. In the very next show we can still see that the light is not on the car. See more »


Dwight Faraday: A new kind of animal, one we haven't seen before. In London, in 1981 a series of brutal animal attacks were directly linked to a freak wolf that was gunned down in Piccadilly Circus.
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References An American Werewolf in London (1981) See more »

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Landis on his way back
2 April 2006 | by (Perth, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

After spending far too long making comedies, another genre for which he is well known, John Landis makes a bit of a comeback with this amusing entry in the popular Masters Of Horror series. Deer Woman is definitely a Landis horror flick. Much in the same way that An American Werewolf In London did almost 30 years ago, Deer Woman mixes a steady helping of humour in with its horror. Its kinda nifty to see a native American legend that perhaps was not the easy route to take make an appearance as the monster for this episode. It would have been much easier for the writer (Landis's son, Max) to just make it a werewolf or vampire. Brian Benben is hilarious as the cop who always seems to get the weird cases. He is put upon but still has his dignity. Fans will get a kick out of a reference to American Werewolf's key setpiece. While certainly not the scariest entry, Deer Woman makes for a fun one and a welcome return for Landis.

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