Masters of Horror: Season 1, Episode 2

Dreams in the Witch-House (4 Nov. 2005)

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A graduate student questions his sanity after he rents a room in an old boarding house which was the residence of a 17th Century witch, and he figures out that the evil forces still roam within the walls.

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Walter Gilman, a college student, rents out a very cheap room in an old house, but it proves to be no bargain. One of his neighbors prays loudly and bangs on the furniture. Another neighbor, a single mother, issues a blood-curdling scream soon after his arrival. It turns out that she and her baby are being attacked by a persistent rat. Walter plugs up the rat-hole, but they still aren't safe. Walter is having nightmares - dreams that seem to have been inspired by the first neighbor, who warns him of a witch and her familiar: a rat with a human face. Walter soon suspects that the witch of his nightmare is real and that she is going to force him to kill the baby. Written by J. Spurlin

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On the DVD commentary for another Stuart Gordon movie called From Beyond, Gordon and Brian Yuzna mention that they had planned to make an adaptation of Dreams in the Witch-House in the 1980s after the success of Re-Animator. From Beyond ended up getting made instead. See more »

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Mr. Dombrowski - Manager: No pets, no parties, no loud music. This is a quiet building.
Walter Gilman: I'm a grad student at the university doing my thesis. I just need a quiet place to study.
Mr. Dombrowski - Manager: Student! Then I'm gonna need an extra months rent in advance.
Walter Gilman: I can't afford another month's rent. You gotta... come on man, I really need this apartment.
Mr. Dombrowski - Manager: Well, I don't like renting to students. Young people, they have no respect.
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A brilliant adaptation of H.P Lovecrafts Classic tale by veteran director Stuart Gordon.
15 November 2010 | by (Kenya) – See all my reviews

This Is Horror at its very best.

Based on a short story by the undisputed master of the horror tale H.P Lovecraft first published in the July 1933 issue of Weird Tales .

The Dreams in the Witch House was likely inspired by the lecture "The Size Of The Universe" by Willem de Sitter which Lovecraft attended three months prior to writing the story.

Several prominent motifs—including the geometry and curvature of space, and a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe through pure mathematics—are covered in de Sitter's lecture. The idea of using higher dimensions of non-Euclidean space as short cuts through normal space can be traced to A. S. Eddington's The Nature of the Physical World which Lovecraft alludes to having read.

A graduate student Walter Gilman (played by Ezra Godden) rents a cheap room. The dimensions of Gilman's room in the house are unusual, and seem to conform to a kind of unearthly geometry that Gilman theorizes can enable travel from one plane or dimension to another.

Walter hers some shrieks coming from a neighboring room where a single mother Frances Elwood (played by Chelah Horsdal) lives with her baby boy. He immediately goes to see what the trouble is and finds her fending of a rat. He chases the rat away which disappears through a hole in the wall. Frances tells Walter that the rat has been plaguing her baby for some time.

He informs the unconcerned landlord who promptly tells him to sort out any problems he has by himself. It is her that he first meet Masurewicz (played by Campbell Lane) who asks him if the rat that he saw had a human face. Walter denied having seen a rat with a human face.

In a dream that he has he is visited by a rat-faced human familiar Brown Jenkin who tells him that "She will come for him".

He goes to Masurewicz and tells him about the dream. Masurewicz tells him that his life is in great peril.

What happens next in the film is for you to find out.

Expect nothing but the best from Stuart Gordon the director of The Re-animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Fortress (1992) and Dagon (2001). Special effects are solid along with terrific acting.

Buy the Masters Of Horror Complete Collection on DVD and enjoy horror by the greatest horror directors of all time.


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