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"Masters of Horror" The Black Cat (2007)

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Masters of Horror: Season 2: Episode 11 -- "Perversity," wrote Edgar Allan Poe, is "the human thirst for self torture." Jeffrey Combs of RE-ANIMATOR fame delivers an electrifying performance as the legendary writer driven to debt and drunken folly by a world cruelly indifferent to his poetry. But is it his beloved wife's agonizing death by consumption or her deranged pet feline that will soon trigger the scribe's most ghastly acts of madness? Director Stuart Gordon and longtime collaborator Dennis Paoli (RE- ANIMATOR, DAGON, CASTLE FREAK) co-wrote this grisly exploration of horror fiction's dark genius, condemned to a living hell of illusion, insanity and beyond by THE BLACK CAT.

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Director:
Writers:
Mick Garris (creator)
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Original Air Date:
19 January 2007 (Season 2, Episode 11)
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Plot:
The Black Cat, set in 1840 Philadelphia, has the great writer Edgar Allan Poe, struggling with alcoholism... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the best MOH episode See more (28 total) »

Cast

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Episode Crew
Directed by
Stuart Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

Dennis Paoli (teleplay) &
Stuart Gordon (teleplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (short story "The Black Cat") (as Edgar A. Poe)

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Steve Best .... associate 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
Tom Rowe .... producer
Pascal Verschooris .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Rich Ragsdale  (as Richard Ragsdale)
 
Cinematography by
Jon Joffin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marshall Harvey 
 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Sean Cossey 
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger 
David Rapaport  (as David H. Rapaport)
 
Production Design by
Don Macaulay 
 
Art Direction by
Margot Ready 
 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle 
 
Costume Design by
Lyn Kelly 
 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special effects makeup
Lyne Denomme .... first assistant makeup
Mike Fields .... on-set key makeup artist (as Michael Fields)
Sarah Graham .... on-set key makeup artist
Marcy Hodel .... first assistant hair stylist
Harrison Lorenzana .... on-set key makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Geoff Redknap .... on-set key makeup artist (as Jeff Redknap)
Adina Shore .... key hair stylist
Margaret Solomon .... key makeup
Elisabeth Jolliffe .... key makeup artist: second unit (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: Starz Productions (as Margo Zimmerman)
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Sheri Mayervich .... unit production manager
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production: Starz Productions
Pascal Verschooris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexia S. Droz .... second assistant director (as Alexia Droz)
David Markowitz .... first assistant director
Ania Musiatowicz .... third assistant director
Stuart Ortiz .... director: additional imaging
Rob Duncan .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Andrei Andrianko .... assistant art director
Nick Dibley .... property master (as Nicholas Dibley)
Dylan Dowd .... lead greens person
Jim Geddes .... construction coordinator
Mark Jones .... set dresser
John McIntosh .... greens
Jake Miller .... assistant property master
Nathalie Morin .... assistant set decorator (as Natalie Morin)
Zbibgniew Scheller .... construction foreman (as Zbish Scheller)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Izabela Domachowski .... set dresser (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (uncredited)
Rowena O'Connor .... assistant on-set props (uncredited)
Scott Riddell .... second assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Kelly Cole .... re-recording mixer
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue/adr supervisor
Hugo DeLaCerda .... re-recording mixer
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Devan Kraushar .... sound effects editor
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post-production coordinator
Glen Noseworthy .... adr mixer
Iain Pattison .... re-recording mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Jaremy Aiello .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Randy Ball .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jack Bricker .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Rob Derry .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Terri Fluker .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Derek Heselton .... best boy special effects
Steve Katz .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Steven Katz)
Lynette Roy .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Veronica Torres .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
John Wheaton .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Mike Hyrman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Lino Stavole .... special effects technician: mold department (uncredited)
Chris Sturges .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Attila Vaski .... lead/fab/asst (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Ahrens .... cg artist
Matt Belbin .... digital effects editor (as Matthew Belbin)
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor
Michael Goddard .... cg artist (as Mike Goddard)
Gael Hollard .... digital compositor
Annabelle Kent .... digital compositor
Adam Marisett .... cg artist
Stephen Paschke .... cg artist
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Julie Sweetin .... cg artist (as Julie Bergman)
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor
Jayson Castro .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Dan Redford .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Berlet .... gaffer: second unit
Mark Cooper .... first assistant camera (as Sandy Cooper)
Brian Johnson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Kolafa .... gaffer (as Michael Kolafa)
Brock Miller .... best boy grip
Jos Oman .... first assistant camera
David Pelletier .... additional director of photography
Steve Sherlock .... key grip
Jared Smith .... best boy lighting
Peter Wilke .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ian Gariepy .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Aaron Haesler .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Marc Nolet .... grip (uncredited)
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenna Owen .... assistant costume designer
Tyler Tone .... set costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Nathan Atkins .... assistant editor
Richard Cordes .... color timer
Andrea Dixon .... color timer
Asim Matin .... assistant editor
Troy Sitter .... post-production assistant
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... editorial coordinator
 
Location Management
Tom Hoeverman .... assistant location manager
Tracey Renyard .... location manager
 
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Sean McMahon .... orchestrator
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: main title music (as Edward Shearmur)
Casey Stone .... scoring mixer
Richard Temple .... music preparation
Sean McMahon .... musician (uncredited)
Mark Robertson .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Louie Hausner .... transportation captain
John Swetlikoe .... transportation coordinator
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... office driver (uncredited)
Jovan Vujatovic .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Christine Barrie .... stand-in
Genessa Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Desroches .... production coordinator (as James Desroches)
Annie Doyon .... assistant accountant
Elissa Friedman .... production administration manager: Starz Productions
Chris Garbasauskas .... production assistant
Cameron Grierson .... assistant to producer
Cameron Grierson .... script coordinator
Richter Hartig .... production auditor: Starz Productions (as Richter Q. Hartig)
Dave Harvey .... assistant accountant
Alison Hunter .... script supervisor
Andrea Kaufman .... production coordinator: Starz Productions (as Andrea M. Kaufman)
Katy Lew .... executive administrator
Ross Redhead .... assistant to producers
Adrian Salpeter .... producers assistant: Lisa Richardson
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in (as Stephen Tibbets)
Bill Vigars .... unit publicist
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager
Beverly Wiens .... production accountant
Anthony Bortolussi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephanie Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nancy Heller .... office manager: Anthem Visual Effects (uncredited)
Krista Johnston .... clearance (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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58 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The pictures behind the opening credits are illustrations for some of Poe's most famous stories: in order, "The Premature Burial", "The Mask of the Red Death", "The Case of M. Valdemar", "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The tavern piano, in 1840, is riffing on Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer", which would not be written until 1862.See more »
Quotes:
Edgar Allan Poe:I have little sense of the world around me. Such is my genius.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come Rest in This BosomSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of the best MOH episode, 24 October 2008
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

Well, one more version of "The Black Cat". Let's see...Dario Argento has done it, Lucio Fulci has done it, Sergio Martino has done it and that's the ones I can think of right now. Others have adapted "The Black Cat" as well. But I'll be damned if this isn't the finest version I've seen so far.

The aforementioned directors put a different spin on the story and that's the case here as well. The original story's writer, Edgar A. Poe, is the central character. Not only do you get the important elements from "The Black Cat", you also get a glimpse of the author's life as well. Poe, living in poverty with his sick wife, succumbs to drinking and fearing he may have lost the talent to write. But salvation appears in the form of that fateful black cat.

We're used to seeing Stuart Gordon (and Jeffrey Combs, for that matter) in H.P. Lovecraft territory and those collaborations resulted in the gruesome twosome "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond", both excellent horror films. Gordon is no less skillful in adapting Poe to the screen and his "Black Cat" is a superb combination of tragedy and gruesome horror.

The love story between Poe and his wife is wonderfully handled and the gruesome bits are masterfully executed as well, no small feat to achieve. This is also thanks to a wonderful central performance by Jeffrey Combs who's had a nearly flawless career in horror movies.

The sets are great and the scenery wonderfully atmospheric. This is one of the best "Masters of Horror" episodes.

Highly recommended.

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