Sleazy fur trader Jake Feldman will do anything for quality skin. When Jake crosses paths with fur trapper Jameson offering raccoon pelts caught at the sight of an ancient burial place, Jake jumps at the chance to cash in by stealing them in order to win the heart of a stripper named Shanna. But little does Jake know is that the raccoon pelts are cursed and will bring bloody revenge against anyone who touches them. Written by
Looking back in my vaults of horror I came across the fabulous Masters Of Horror series. And they are indeed amazing. Back then I never reviewed stuff but I also came across season two and noticed I hadn't seen it. My best friend and horror buff told me to be ashamed of that fact and face it, it's summer so nothing is on the telee or at theatres. What else could a geek do then go back in time.
I just picked one DVD out, Let it be this one. Immediately you are into the stories and this follows the same line. Masters Of Horror are known to indeed having the best horror directors on board and having some famous names from the genre in it. This time it's John Saxon as thespian and Dario Argento as director. And Dario doesn't go for a Giallo this time but for a gorefest. Somewhere I was a bit lost when the story slowly turned into a Stephen King look-a-like with the racoons looking through a window just like they had a 'Disney' life. Luckily it picked up strong again to end in a gory final. No boundaries were made, it do has some cruel gore made by the KNB boys and it looks fabulous. We also have a lot of nudity and nothing is cut. So far Imprint from season one was brought out cut in Europe but at this writing it's out there in Germany full uncut on Blu Ray.
On part of the gore it has a strange feeling because when they are smashing heads or a head is being cut in pieces by a trap you can easily spot it was some rubber face. And the ending wasn't realistic at all but to be honest, somehow you take it. John Saxon looks great in his role as Jeb 'Pa' Jameson, face it, he was 71 then, I have seen him in flesh around that time and he was walking with sticks so go figure that one out.
But for me Meat Loaf as Jake Feldman did an excellent job. What a great performance he gives here. Melissa Gonzalez (Mira) is the one who strips and is walking around naked a lot of times. But while walking in the flesh she not only looks great but performs great too. The end scene with her in the elevator when she got in trouble with her hand did remind me of Tenebre (1982), I don't know if it was a wink by Dario intended for the geeks out there or if I'm too deep into the genre. Nevertheless, this was an outstanding episode not that typical Dario but surely one to pick up. I wont go that far to say that Dario's entries in Masters Of Horror are a statement against animal abuse but there's a small message to catch for those wearing fur...
Gore 3,5/5 Nudity 2,5/5 Effects 4/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
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