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"Masters of Horror" Dreams in the Witch-House (2005)

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Masters of Horror:  Dreams in the Witch-House: Season 1: Episode 2 -- 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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Mick Garris (creator)
H.P. Lovecraft (short story)
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Original Air Date:
4 November 2005 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stuart Gordon 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

H.P. Lovecraft (short story)

Dennis Paoli (teleplay) &
Stuart Gordon (teleplay)

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Bo Altherr .... producer: special features
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Stephen R. Brown .... executive producer (as Steve Brown)
Ben Browning .... co-producer
Andrew Deane .... executive producer
Mick Garris .... executive producer
Adam Goldworm .... co-producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Grant Rosenberg .... consulting producer
Tom Rowe .... producer
Pascal Verschooris .... co-producer
Original Music by
Richard Band 
Cinematography by
Jon Joffin 
Film Editing by
Marshall Harvey 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
Kelly Wagner  (as Kelly Martin Wagner)
Production Design by
David Fischer 
Art Direction by
Don Macaulay 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle 
Costume Design by
Lyn Kelly 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Mark Boley .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Mark Bolie)
Michael Deak .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Mike Deak)
Mike Fields .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Michael Fields)
Robert Freitas .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Rob Freitas)
Cleo Gagner .... first assistant hair stylist (as Cleo Gagne)
Sarah Graham .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Dana Hamel .... makeup artist
Grady Holder .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Jim Leonard .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Amanda McGowan .... first assistant makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist (as Gregory Nicotero)
Ron Pipes .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Frank Rydberg .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Frank Ryberg)
Shannon Shea .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Adina Shore .... hair stylist
Veronica Torres .... special effects makeup crew: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: IDT Entertainment
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Marie Norton .... administrative manager: IDT Entertainment
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production: IDT Entertainment
Pascal Verschooris .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Behrenz .... third assistant director (as Karen Behrenz)
Mick MacKay .... first assistant director
Ian Samoil .... second assistant director
Yannick Leray .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Trevor Ralph .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Andrei Andrianko .... assistant art director
Doris Deutschmann .... art department coordinator
Nick Dibley .... property master (as Nicholas Dibley)
Jim Geddes .... construction coordinator
Leesa Hanna .... assistant set decorator (as Leesa McNalley)
Jake Miller .... assistant property master
Dylan Dowd .... lead greens person (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (uncredited)
Robert Foreman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sean McGee .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Power .... leadman (uncredited)
Regan Steele .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound supervisor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Kevin Konarzewski .... adr mixer
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post coordinator
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean Raymond .... foley mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor (as Matt Wilson)
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Derek Heselton .... special effects best boy (as Derek Heselston)
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Corey Bastiaans .... cg artist: Anthem Visual Effects
Matt Belbin .... visual effects editor: Anthem Visual Effects
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Paul Chapman .... digital compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Craig Clarke .... senior compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Darren MacKay .... digital compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Stu McRae .... digital compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects coordinator: Anthem Visual Effects (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer: Anthem Visual Effects (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Mladen Miholjcic .... senior cgi artist: Anthem Visual Effects (uncredited)
Stephen Paschke .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bradley S. Creasser .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Brad Creasser)
Stewart Henshaw .... best boy lighting
Kieran Humphries .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tom Kaczmarski .... key grip
Christina Kasperczyk .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike Kolafa .... gaffer (as Michael Kolafa)
Dean Schwingboth .... best boy grip
Peter Wilke .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rob Cantin .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Chris Cove .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ian Gariepy .... grip (uncredited)
Jeff Grimshire .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Seth Hettrick .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Jos Oman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting (as Sandra Ken-Freeman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Leduc .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Richard Cordes .... color timer
Andrea Dixon .... color timer
David Reale .... assistant editor
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Lisa Brown .... music supervisor
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: main title music (as Edward Shearmur)
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
James Fogel .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fraser Sutherland .... transportation coordinator
John Swetlikoe .... transportation captain
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Vince Morden .... driver: cable truck (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... office driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Barbara Barnes .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Best .... assistant to director
Kristi Blicharski .... unit publicist
Sheri Buckham .... assistant accountant
Andrzej Dec-Williams .... assistant location manager (as Andrzej Dec)
Kathryn Drew .... production accountant (as Kath Drew)
Shalia Edl .... production coordinator
Tracey Gardhouse .... rat trainer
Gary Garfinkel .... network executive
Louisa Gradnitzer .... location manager
Kristin Harris .... production coordinator: IDT Entertainment
Dave Harvey .... assistant accountant
Alison Hunter .... script supervisor
Katy Lew .... assistant to producers
Ross Redhead .... assistant to producers
Louie Schwartzberg .... stock footage (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Alison Stephen .... assistant to producers
Alison Stephen .... script coordinator
Bonnie Sutherland .... set supervisor
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in (as Stephen Tibbets)
Raj Uppal .... assistant to producers (as Rajvinder Uppal)
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager
Desiree Zurowski .... stand-in
Krista Johnston .... clearances (uncredited)
Connie Rusgen .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

55 min | Argentina:60 min
Argentina:18 | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (DVD) (self applied) (2007) | Italy:VM14 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | USA:TV-MA
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In this movie it's the second time Ezra Godden has a character that wears a 'Miskatonic University' t-shirt in a Stuart Gordon film. The first one was Dagon (2001) where they both were involved.See more »
Masurewicz:Are you having the dreams?
Walter Gilman:They are not dreams. They're real.
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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Best Lovecraft-Translation to-date, 9 April 2006
Author: Matthew Janovic ( from United States

Amazing is the only-word I can find to express how good this short-film is. Mick Garris deserves thunderous-applause for initiating what will probably be the most-important development in horror in over 20-years. While Stuart Gordon has done Lovecraft proud with "ReAnimator", "from Beyond" and "Dagon", this simply excels-them in capturing the dread and cosmic-horror. Insofar as horror goes, this is Gordon's finest-addition so far. I read the short-story 20-years-ago, and this summarizes it well. Lovecraft-purists are going to have their hackles-up, but the omissions and changes still capture the spirit of the original and do not detract from the basic-thrust its plot.

Yes, the cloven "Black Man", and a trip to the surface of another planet are not-present, which is fine. Do we really want to see Lovecraft's racism on-display, especially when he rejected-it at the end of his life? The answer is no. People also tend-to-forget that in some areas, Lovecraft gets-tedious, often going-on for too-long with descriptions of things, or he just meanders. Yes, you can actually improve-upon some of his work, I contend. Dennis Paoli and Stuart Gordon have achieved this feat, and where Lovecraft was bad at warm-characters, the writer(s) and director compensate. I truly love and care about the characters in this story, especially the mother and her child. The fears of this story are so primal and basic--everyone fears for a baby in a movie, it's true.

What excites me so-much about this short-film is how effectively it conveys many of Lovecraft's themes: the fear of losing-one's-mind, the fear of women, the fear of the unknown, the fear of a loss-of-control, the fear of mortality, and-then-some. Also very-exciting is how well Gordon and Paoli realize the Witch--I would say this is the best-depiction of what the Puritans, and Medieval Europeans thought witches were, and what they did. Usually, they try to steal-babies to sacrifice to some dark-power. But Lovecraft's true-genius was taking physics-theory to explain witchcraft, and a witch's powers.

To the uninitiated, H.P. Lovecraft's tomes seem to have appeared, fully-formed, but he was an avid-scholar of New England folklore. Much of the rule-book he uses for the witch and her powers and actions are from the writings of Cotton Mather, and other Puritanical leaders, thinkers and witch-hunters. It's likely he even consulted the witchfinder's-manual, "Malleus Malificarum". Lovecraft didn't believe in the supernatural as a reality, but did accept the possibility that odd-phenomena did exist, and could be explained by science at some point.

So, while this tale and many-others written by him seem fantastical, some elements are not-entirely implausible based on his scientific-philosophies! "Dreams in the Witch House" is not-unlike a rational-mind trying to grasp how a witch could be possible. This little crumb-of-plausibility is a component of what makes the writings of H.P. Lovecraft so scary, and contemporary. Even educated-adults can entertain their reality, and this film captures this reality in every-respect. People tend-to-forget that modern-science comes from alchemy, after-all! The story concerns Walter Gilman, a Physics-major, who has found a room at 300-year-old house in Providence. Yes, in the short-story, Walter already knows the reputation of the house, but I think it was wise for film to omit this. Walter represents we, the audience, and this is a story of curiosity, discovery, and tragedy. Walter notices that his theories on multiple-universes, and his mathematical-maps resemble the shape of a corner of his room. In-time, he begins to have-dreams of meeting a familiar--a rat with a human-face, perfectly in-keeping with witch-lore! Eventually, it becomes-clear from an older-tenant, and other-dreams, that the witch is very-much alive within the house. She wants Walter (us) to fetch her a child, the infant-son his neighbor.

There is a sense of dread, sorrow and inevitability in Walter's situation that echoes the victims of witches in lore. It is a situation without-much-hope, the only exit being death or insanity, so very Lovecraftian. Anchor Bay/IDT have done a perfect DVD, no-complaints here. The transfer is perfect, the audio is perfect, and the extras are incredibly-generous and substantial for the most die-hard-fan of Stuart Gordon. Richard Band's score is wonderful, and makes this story all-the-more timeless in its sorrow, grimness and evocation of mystery. It has been 12-years since Band has done a score for Gordon with his excellent score for "Castle Freak" in 1994. It has been too-long, and thank-God it happened. The entire Masters of Horror series promises to be superb, a great-day for true fans of horror.

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