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"Masters of Horror" Haeckel's Tale (2006)

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Mick Garris (creator)
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Original Air Date:
27 January 2006 (Season 1, Episode 12)
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Plot:
While on his way to see his sick father, a man takes shelter with an elderly man and his young wife but soon discovers their horrible secret. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Haeckel: Portrait of a Serial Necromancer See more (31 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Steve Bacic ... John Ralston
Micki Maunsell ... Miz Carnation

Gerard Plunkett ... Dr. Hauser (as Gerrard Plunkett)

Derek Cecil ... Ernst Haeckel
Pablo Coffey ... Chester

Jon Polito ... Montesquino
Warren Kimmel ... Faron

Jill Morrison ... Rachel

Elizabeth McQuade ... Young Woman
Tom McBeath ... Wolfram
Leela Savasta ... Elise Wolfram
Christopher DeLisle ... Elise's Dead Husband
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Episode Crew
Directed by
John McNaughton 
 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

Mick Garris (teleplay)

Clive Barker (short story)

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
Nicholas Pike 
 
Cinematography by
Attila Szalay (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Cohen 
 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Sean Cossey 
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 (key set decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Lyn Kelly 
 
Makeup Department
Mike Fields .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Michael Fields)
Cleo Gagner .... assistant hair stylist
Sarah Graham .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Amanda McGowan .... assistant makeup artist
Adina Shore .... key hair stylist
Margaret Solomon .... key makeup artist
Calla Syna Dreyer .... daily assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: IDT Entertainment (as Margo Zimmerman)
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Marie Norton .... administrative manager
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production
Pascal Verschooris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Behrenz .... third assistant director (as Karen Behrenz)
Brian Giddens .... first assistant director
Ian Samoil .... second assistant director
Larissa Ballstadt .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Yannick Leray .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Trevor Ralph .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Nick Dibley .... property master
Dylan Dowd .... lead greens person
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer
Jim Geddes .... construction coordinator
Leesa Hanna .... assistant set decorator (as Leesa McNalley)
John McIntosh .... greensman
Jake Miller .... assistant property master
Vicky Peters .... assistant art director
Zbibgniew Scheller .... construction foreman (as Zbish Scheller)
Regan Steele .... set dresser
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Cody Larson .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sean McGee .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound effects editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound supervisor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Dave Hibbert .... sound re-recording mixer
Gord Hillier .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Konarzewski .... adr mixer
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post coordinator
Jean Raymond .... foley mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant dialogue editor
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor (as Matt Wilson)
Kevin Konarzewski .... walla recordist (uncredited)
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jaremy Aiello .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Howard Berger .... special effects makeup
Michael Deak .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Robert Freitas .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Rob Freitas)
Derek Heselton .... best boy special effects
Grady Holder .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jim Leonard .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Scott Patton .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Frank Rydberg .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Frank Ryberg)
Andy Schoneberg .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Andy Schoenberg)
Shannon Shea .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Mark Tavares .... effects crew: K.N.B EFX Group
Veronica Torres .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Lino Stavole .... special effects technician: mold department, K.N.B Effects Group (uncredited)
Lindsay Vivian .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Au .... CG artist
Matt Belbin .... digital effects editor
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Annabelle Kent .... digital compositor
Darren MacKay .... digital compositor
Mladen Miholjcic .... senior CGI artist: Anthem Visual Effects
Stephen Paschke .... CG artist
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects coordinator (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
 
Stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Auger .... gaffer
Trevor Carabin .... best boy lighting
Chris Cove .... second assistant camera
Bradley S. Creasser .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Brad Creasser)
Jeff Grimshire .... dolly grip
Tom Kaczmarski .... key grip
Christina Kasperczyk .... first assistant camera
Lane Koch .... first assistant camera
Diyah Pera .... stills photographer
Dean Schwingboth .... best boy grip
Richard Wilson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Seth Hettrick .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Paul Matsalla .... lighting technician (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
Marc Pollon .... assistant editor
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Lisa Brown .... music supervisor
James Fogel .... assistant score engineer
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: theme music (as Edward Shearmur)
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Duane Shearer .... driver
Fraser Sutherland .... transportation coordinator
John Swetlikoe .... transportation captain
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... office driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steve Best .... assistant: John Naughton
Kristi Blicharski .... unit publicist
Sheri Buckham .... assistant production accountant
Genessa Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Kathryn Drew .... production accountant (as Kath Drew)
Shalia Edl .... production coordinator
Gary Garfinkel .... network executive
Kristin Harris .... production coordinator: IDT Entertainment
Dave Harvey .... assistant production accountant
Alison Hunter .... script supervisor
Katy Lew .... assistant to producers
Sheri Mayervich .... location manager
Ross Redhead .... assistant to producers
Zaida Rodriguez .... assistant manager: IDT Entertainment
Louie Schwartzberg .... stock footage (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Dinean Stayk .... assistant location manager
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)
Nadia Venesse .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mick Garris  creator

Makeup Department
Leanne Rae Podavin .... special makeup effects artist
Sherry Van Gool .... additional assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raj Uppal .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Martin P. Blaine .... lead carpenter
Bill Morrill .... lead carpenter
 
Sound Department
Kris Casavant .... assistant sound editor
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor
Talvinder Gill .... assistant sound editor
Shawn Miller .... sound mixer: second unit
 
Special Effects by
Ozzy Alvarez .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jenny Wallace .... special effects runner
 
Stunts
Byron Briscoe .... stunt double
Clint Carleton .... stunt double: Ethan Embry
Janina Dall .... stunt double
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes)
Ashlea Earl .... stunt double: Bree Turner
Lani Gelera .... stunt double
Jon Kralt .... stunt rider
James Ralph .... stunt double: William Forsythe
Jeff Sanca .... stunt driver
Sharon Simms .... stunt double
Eli Zagoudakis .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Brown .... rigging lamp operator
Jeff Cassidy .... second assistant camera
T.C. Chapman .... rigging gaffer
Glen A. Dickson .... camera operator: "b" camera (episode: "Deer Woman")
David Gray .... still photographer
Gary Stamford .... gaffer: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dawn Grey .... dresser
 
Music Department
Amanda Sobeck .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
John Sorenson .... driver
Larry Tardif .... driver: camera car and process trailer
 
Other crew
Ron Buck .... technical advisor: military
Simon Chin .... extras wrangler
Andrzej Dec-Williams .... assistant location manager (odd episodes) (as Andrzej Dec)
Pancho Mansfield .... network executive
Sandra Montgomery .... script supervisor: second unit
Rainer Scheelisch .... special equipment
Stephen Sobisky .... interactive designer
Ryan Steacy .... armorer
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
59 min
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Language:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (self applied) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (DVD) (self applied) (2007) | France:-16 (DVD rating) | France:-12 (TV rating) | Germany:18 | Italy:VM14 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Trivia:
George A. Romero was originally going to direct, but couldn't fit it in his schedule. Then Roger Corman was approached to helm the episode, but health issues came up and he was then replaced by John McNaughton.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Wolfram brings Haeckel to the cabin for the first time, it's clear that there are no other cabins next to it. However, when Haeckel walks to the cabin in the morning after waking up in the graveyard, there is now a big rustic cabin next to Wolfram and Elisa's cabin in the background.See more »
Soundtrack:
Hush, Little BabySee more »

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Haeckel: Portrait of a Serial Necromancer, 12 August 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Having directed the one classic horror milestone "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" apparently was enough to include John McNaughton in the whole Masters of Horror project. This was originally meant to become George A. 'father of all zombie movies' Romero's episode, but McNaughton does a great job and the opening credits still refer to Romero as being some kind of inspiration source. That's cool. And it only gets better, as the writer of "Haeckel's Tale" is no less than Clive Barker; creator of such brilliant genre efforts like "Hellraiser" and "Candyman". So, is this really one the best entries of the entire first season? Well it's not in the top 3 but, yes, it is another very solid and worthwhile horror adventure with a neat Gothic atmosphere and a handful of genuine shocks. The script lacks a bit of structure and continuity but overall it's compelling and refers to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein quite often. The mini-movie opens with a little wraparound story about a young man that requests the help of an elderly witch to bring back his beloved bride from the dead. The witch wants to help him but warns him about the dangers of necromancy by telling the tale of Ernst Heackel... He was a talented and obnoxious young scientist, on his way home to visit his ill father, until he made acquaintance with a bizarre couple in the woods. Raising the dead was an important part of their lives every night and that had terrible consequences for Mr. Haeckel. This tale is a strange combination of stylish Gothic thrills, morbid science, Fulci-esquire zombie splatter and sleazy sex scenes. The film is occasionally scary, but at other times very humorous and truly eccentric. For a good half hour, you have no real idea where the story is going! It initially looks like Haeckel is another amateur-Frankenstein and his obsession with science will drive him one step too far, but then suddenly he becomes the victim in a dark world of black magic and the occult. The make-up effects are terrific and especially the supportive characters of the film are highly memorable. Notably the always-reliable Jon Polito and the breathtaking young actress Leela Savasta. Another very recommended Masters of Horror episode.

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