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"Masters of Horror" Right to Die (2007)

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Masters of Horror: Season 2: Episode 9 -- Late at night on a lonely country road, Cliff Addison (Martin Donovan of THE DEAD ZONE and WEEDS) and his wife Abby are involved in a fiery car wreck that leaves Cliff unhurt and his wife hideously burned. As Abby lies comatose, kept alive only by life support, her charred spirit seeks vengeance on those who profit from her plight including a slick attorney (Corbin Bernsen). Amidst a storm of angry relatives and pushy reporters, a controversial issue is about to take a horrific turn: Even if Cliff can now find a way to keep his wife alive, will a monstrous secret condemn him to a living hell forever?


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Writer (WGA):
John Esposito (written by)
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Original Air Date:
5 January 2007 (Season 2, Episode 9)
When a grisly car accident put his wife into a coma, a man reluctantly pulls the plug only to realize her spirit has turned vengeful against the living. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Julia Benson ... Abbey Addison (as Julia Anderson)

Martin Donovan ... Cliff Addison

Anna Galvin ... Dr. Loring

Corbin Bernsen ... Ira

Robin Sydney ... Trish

Xantha Radley ... Abbey Thing
Linda Sorensen ... Pam
Derek Green ... Reporter
Norman Misura ... Mr. Schoening
Yvonne Myers ... Nurse
Elliot Mandelcorn ... Doctor (as Bryan Elliot)

Walcott E. Morgan ... Orderly

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rob Schmidt 
Writing credits
John Esposito (written by)

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
Gabriel Monje .... associate producer
Jernej Razen .... associate producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Tom Rowe .... producer
Pascal Verschooris .... line producer
Original Music by
Joey Santiago 
Cinematography by
Attila Szalay (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Cohen 
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
Sarah Graham .... on-set key makeup artist
Jamie Grove .... on-set key makeup artist
Marcy Hodel .... first assistant hair stylist
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Vincenza Sharpe .... on-set key makeup artist
Adina Shore .... key hair stylist
Margaret Solomon .... key makeup
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
Ania Musiatowicz .... second/third assistant director
Ian Samoil .... first assistant director
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)
Scott Riddell .... second assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Kevin Belen .... re-recording mixer
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue/adr supervisor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Devan Kraushar .... sound effects editor
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post-production coordinator
Bill Mellow .... re-recording mixer
Glen Noseworthy .... adr mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Randy Ball .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Derek Heselton .... best boy special effects
Grady Holder .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Steve Katz .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Derek Krout .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Derek Krouse)
Jim Leonard .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Veronica Torres .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
A.J. Venuto .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
John Wheaton .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Mike Hyrman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris Sturges .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Attila Vaski .... lead/fab/asst (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Ahrens .... cg artist
Derek Babchishin .... 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
Todd Liddiard .... digital compositor
Lionel Lim .... digital compositor
Adam Marisett .... cg artist
Stephen Misek .... cg artist
Stephen Paschke .... cg artist
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Julie Sweetin .... cg artist (as Julie Bergman)
Philippe Thibault .... digital compositor
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor
Bob Dewald .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexander Cooper .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Sandy Cooper)
Keenan Horita .... best boy lighting
Lane Koch .... first assistant camera
Mike Kolafa .... gaffer (as Michael Kolafa)
Brock Miller .... best boy grip
Steve Sherlock .... key grip
Richard Wilson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Aaron Haesler .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Marc Nolet .... grip (uncredited)
Pascal Jean Provost .... director of photography: second unit (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
Troy Sitter .... post-production assistant
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... editorial coordinator
Shawn Gairdner .... video playback editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: main title music (as Edward Shearmur)
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
Michael Bishop .... key production assistant
Laura Collini .... script supervisor (as Laura June Colini)
Genessa Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Desroches .... production coordinator (as James Desroches)
Annie Doyon .... assistant accountant
Scott 'Big Dog' Franklin .... assistant location manager (as Scott Franklin)
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
Andrea Kaufman .... production coordinator: Starz Productions (as Andrea M. Kaufman)
Max Lavine .... assistant to producers
Katy Lew .... executive administrator
Susan Nestibo .... location manager
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
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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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
To euthanasia or not to euthanasia?, 27 December 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I'm not entirely sure Rob Schmidt qualifies as a "Master" in the genre of horror, since he previously just directed one horror film called "Wrong Turn" and that one was actually just was slightly above mediocre, but fact is that he made with "Right to Die" one of the best and creepiest episodes of the entire second season of the "Masters of Horror" franchise. There was a similar underdog story in season one, when William Malone made on of the best episodes with "The Fair Haired Child" even though his other long feature films "Fear Dot Com" and "House on Haunted Hill" sucked pretty badly.

The story of "Right to Die" cleverly picks in on the nowadays piping hot social debate of euthanasia, but thankfully also features multiple old-fashioned horror themes like ghostly vengeance, murderous conspiracies, pitch black humor and comic book styled violence. Whilst driving home late one night and discussing the husband's continuous adultery, the Addison couple are involved in a terrible car accident. Cliff walks away from the wreck unharmed but his wife Abby is fully burned and needs to be kept alive artificially. Whilst Cliff and his sleazy attorney (Corbin Bernsen of "The Dentist") want to plug the plug on her and sue the car constructor, Abbey's mum sets up a giant media campaign to keep her daughter alive as a vegetable and blame everything on Cliff. Meanwhile Abbey's hateful spirit comes back for revenge and kills someone in Cliff's surrounding whenever she has a near fatal experience with the medical devices. After a few victims, Cliff realizes it might be safer for him to keep his wife alive if he wants to remain alive as well. "Right to Die" is a stupendous episode and exactly the type of stuff I always hoped to see from a TV-series concept like "Masters of Horror". It's violent and gory with a sick & twisted sense of humor and loads of sleaze sequences. The euthanasia theme and the whole obligatory media circus that surrounds it is processed into the script very well, yet without unnecessarily reverting to political standpoints or morality lessons. The atmosphere is suspenseful and the killing sequences are suitably nasty and unsettling. Actresses Julia Anderson and Robin Sydney both have pretty face and impressively voluptuous racks, which is always a welcome plus, and Corbin Bernsen is finally offered the chance again to depict a mean-spirited and egocentric bastard. Great "MoH" episode; definitely one of the highlights of both seasons.

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