Monsters: Season 2, Episode 10

The Mandrake Root (10 Dec. 1989)

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Good men don't just grow on trees
31 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman and her husband move into her grandmother's house and find a plant growing in the basement that needs more than just water to grow...

"The Mandrake Root" has some fun moments. It's certainly one of the racier episodes of the series. Overall, it has some serious flaws though.

The acting is not spectacular, but gets the job done. The only really annoying character introduced is a real estate agent, but mercifully, she is dispatched rather quickly.

The biggest problem here is with the story. First, Melba Moore pricks her finger on the plant. Apparently, this is enough blood to sprout a fully grown human? Then she just willingly jumps into bed with the mandrake for no apparent reason. There's some talk and accusations about her being unhappy in her marriage, but from what we see of the woman and her husband beforehand, there's nothing to suggest serious marital discord.

Then there's the mandrake's inexplicably increasing appetite for human blood. First, she pricks her finger and that's enough. Then he draws blood from her breast and that's enough. Next time, he says that he can no longer take blood from her. Enter the annoying real estate agent. Then he says he wants her to keep her husband captive in the basement so he can repeatedly suck the blood out of him. She actually does this, which I can't understand because from what we see of him, he seems like a nice guy and clearly doesn't deserve this. Fortunately, she comes to her senses at the end. Also, there's the plot hole concerning the real estate agent. The mandrake kills her and it's never brought up again. I guess nobody missed this woman or noticed she was gone. What did they do, bury her in the backyard?

It's an original story and has some fairly risqué moments (for Monsters anyway) but other than that, "The Mandrake Root" is not really anything special. The motivations for the woman having an affair are a bit manufactured and forced.


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