Masters of Horror: Season 2, Episode 12

The Washingtonians (26 Jan. 2007)

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A family man unearths an old letter, claiming that historical figure George Washington was a cannibal, and that a colonial-era reenactment group may be upholding that way of life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Carter ...
Hitch Hiker
Julia Tortolano ...
Amy Franks
Venus Terzo ...
Pam Franks
Myron Natwick ...
Samuel Madison III
Esme Lambert ...
Nancy Arnold
Abraham Jedidiah ...
Jared Barkish
Patrick Keating ...
Wendy Morrow Donaldson ...
Chubby Waitress (as Wendy Donaldson)
Nathan Clark ...
Deputy #1
Deputy #2
Brian Jensen ...
Joel Wirkkunen ...
Washingtonian #1
Washingtonian #2
Washingtonian #3


Following the death of his elderly grandmother, Mike Franks travels with his wife Pam and 10-year-old daughter Amy to his grandmother's old house where he accidentally finds an old letter hidden behind a portrait of George Washington. A morbid letter supposedly written by Washington about killing and eating children. In trying to verify the authenticity of the letter, Mike becomes the target of 'the Washingtonians'; a secret society of various and powerful people who protect the secret life of the 'Father of the Country', and whom, like Washington... are cannibals. Written by Anonymous

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A Monumental Letdown
24 September 2007 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"The Changeling" is one of the most effective haunted-house films ever made; paradoxically, 'The Washingtonians' is one of the weakest entries in the "Masters of Horror" series. However, I do not think Peter Medak (the director of both) is entirely to blame for this--what begins as a very cool concept rife with horrific potential (the notion that our concept of 'history' has glossed over the transgressions of our forefathers, including George Washington's penchant for dining on virgins) disintegrates into a tug-of-war between seriousness and camp. While Medak exhibits the same skilled use of light, shadow, fog, and flourishing camera moves that made "The Changeling" so endearing, 'The Washingtonians' script (by Johnathon Schaech and Richard Chizmar) is clunkily paced and tonally unfocused, shooting for satire, straight horror, or broad comedy at any given moment. The result is simply too uneven to be satisfying on any level. And possibly the biggest detriment is co-writer Schaech's performance in the lead role--unable to emote or recite dialog convincingly, his presence leaves us rooting for the cannibals all the way (Saul Rubinek--looking a lot like George Wendt--fares slightly better with his comedic bits). And while there is some suspense, and the wigs, makeup, and costumes are superb (including some of the most imposing orthodontics ever filmed), 'The Washingtonians' comes off as coldly as a corpse in winter.

4.5 out of 10

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