Masters of Horror: Season 2, Episode 1

The Damned Thing (27 Oct. 2006)

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The Damned Thing is the apocalyptic tale of a monstrous force that devastates Sheriff Kevin Reddle's family and his small Texas town. Sheriff Reddle thinks there is a connection between ... See full summary »

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The Damned Thing is the apocalyptic tale of a monstrous force that devastates Sheriff Kevin Reddle's family and his small Texas town. Sheriff Reddle thinks there is a connection between this mysterious, invisible force which made his father kill his mother back in 1981, and he sets out to uncover and stop the so-called "Damned Thing" before it decimates his whole town by forcing the residents to kill each other and themselves. Written by masters of horror

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baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad story
6 June 2013 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

The Damned Thing is the opener of season two of Masters Of Horrors. And let it be Tobe Hooper who directs. Two good things but once this episode was over I only could conclude that Tobe has lost it years ago and that CGI doesn't always work.

Although we do have a few nice gruesome scene's it just doesn't work because the story itself is a bit of a laughter. I don't have any problems with the underworld or the supernatural, I could even stand a Mummy made by sand but here a demon made by oil was a bit too laughable.

It starts rather strong with young Kevin seeing his father going berserk and killing his mother. Kevin runs away but the father is after him only to shoot him but when Kevin hides in a tree his father is disemboweled by an unseen thing. That part was rather good and on the edge of pure gore but then we move 24 years further with a grown up Kevin (Sean Patrick Flannery). From there on the story falls into a lot of talking but still we do have a few nice scene's like a woman with no legs in a car accident and one guy going bonkers with a hammer on himself. But how further you watch The Damned Thing how deeper it sinks story wise.

It's again the effects that really saves this done by Berger and Nicotero. Maybe I shouldn't blame Tobe for the bad script but I can blame him for the use of CGI at the end.

For the opener of season two it already shows that season one was magnificent and that it isn't that easy to follow up such a series, but of course there are exceptions in season two. But this one, it was indeed a damned thing.

Gore 1,5/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5


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