Monsters: Season 2, Episode 9

Reaper (26 Nov. 1989)

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An elderly man in a nursing home makes a deal with Death.



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Episode cast overview:
George Wallace ...
(as George D. Wallace)
Curt Lowens ...
Dr. Morton / The Reaper
Catherine Blue
Mary Dean


An elderly man in a nursing home makes a deal with Death.

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Good solid if unspectacular horror themed Monsters episode.

Monsters: Reaper is set at the Beachwood Guest House for the elderly, there an old man named Robert Ross (George Wallace) is visited by Death (Curt Lowens) who wants him but the two make a deal & Daeth lets Robert live in exchange for other soul's. Robert has to kill other people to satisfy Death or he will be next, Robert befriends & falls in love with a kind nurse named Sheila (Barbara Billingsley) & actually finds a reason to live & Robert becomes ever more desperate to stay alive & keep Death happy with the soul's of other's...

Episode nine from season two of Monsters this originally aired in the US during November 1989, directed by Jean Patenaude this is a fairly serious & straight ahead macabre horror tale with none of the silly comedic or bizarrely oddball fantasy elements that sometimes creep into various Monsters episodes. The script by Josef Anderson was based on a story by famed horror author Robert Bloch whose stories have contributed to other Monsters episodes including the excellent Mannikins of Horror (1989) & the not so good The Legacy (1988) both from the first season. Reaper is quite a good little darkly horror tale about an elderly man who makes a deal with Death to keep himself alive by taking the lives of other's but things go pear shaped in a satisfying but ultimately somewhat predictable twist ending in which Robert gets what he deserves in an a typically ironic horror anthology styled ending. Much more serious in tone than a lot of other Monsters episode with a good solid yet somewhat routine story on which it draws it's inspiration Reaper is definitely worth twenty odd minutes of anyone's time but just don't expect too much & there's a lot of scenes of people standing or sitting around explaining what is going on or has happened rather than us getting to see it.

This episode looks good & has the usual sound production values, while there's no monster in the traditional sense of the word Death is seen with a skeletal hand & skull like white face. There are one or two nice sequences as Death creeps up on Robert & haunts him on a couple of occasions although the ending with an old woman with glowing green eyes is a little silly looking. The acting is fine with veteran actor George Wallace who has well over two hundred acting credits to his name spanning over fifty years puts in a good performance.

Reaper is a good solid Monsters episode that tries to tell a dark horror story rather than put lots of monsters & horror imagery on screen & is somewhat successful on that basis, not the most memorable of Monsters episodes but worthwhile & watchable in it's own right I suppose.

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