A woman finds her deceased mother kept an exotic plant in the basement.

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The Mandrake Root
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A woman finds her deceased mother kept an exotic plant in the basement.

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10 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Offbeat humour in an all-black episode
17 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another 'black' episode of the MONSTERS TV show with an all-black cast. I find it a little odd that episodes were segregated into 'black' and 'white' stories with little mixing of race in between. This one is a rather silly comedy piece in which an unhappy housewife discovers a strange mandrake root growing in the basement. Before long the mandrake has turned into a magical being who takes her into his bed, but unfortunately it turns out he has vampiric tendencies...

THE MANDRAKE ROOT is played for quirky laughs although truth be told it isn't very funny. Acting-wise, I recognised Frankie Faison (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) playing the long-suffering husband. The special effects are limited although not bad, although this is definitely more of a racy sexual story than a true horror as you'd expect from the premise.


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