Fear Itself: Season 1, Episode 8

Skin and Bones (31 Jul. 2008)

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Rancher Grady Edlund returns home to his family after being lost in the forest for a number of days. He is possessed by a Wendigo.

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Elena Edlund, her sons Derek and Tim and her brother-in-law and lover Rowdy Edlund are worried about the fate of the rancher Grady Edlund, who has disappeared in the mountains for several days. Out of the blue, Grady returns skinny and starved. The Indian Eddie Bear tells the story of the flesh-eater Wendigo and soon the family learns that Grady was possessed by the demon. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rowdy Edlund: You expect me to believe that my brother, who almost died, has the strength even to get out of bed? Killed a horse in the middle of the night with his own bare hands?
Eddie Bear: Horse ain't the only thing he killed. He's a whole lot stronger than you think.
[sits down at table]
Eddie Bear: Ever hear of the Wendigo?
Rowdy Edlund: [sits down with Eddie] Sounds familiar.
Eddie Bear: Spirit of the Lonely Places. A hateful thing that lives in the cold winds of the high mountains. Gets inside people when they're weak-starving.
Rowdy Edlund: The hell are you ...
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Okay, Good News First...
13 August 2008 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

And the good news is that Doug Jones, probably one of the greatest gifts to modern horror and fantasy since Don Coscarelli 'discovered' Angus Scrimm, gets showcased here. Not since Andy Serkis as Gollum has an actor been so good at playing characters who completely obscure his identity. If he's not at all familiar to you, hopefully you saw Guillermo Del Toro's mind-blowing PAN'S LABYRINTH, or the considerably less wonderful FANTASTIC FOUR sequel. The guy who played both the menacing "Faun" and the even scarier "Pale Man" in PAN'S, and the Silver Surfer? That was Doug. And with more of his real face and body showing than usual, he still manages to be creepy as hell in this FEAR ITSELF episode.

The other "good" news is that the script is penned by Scott Swan and Drew McWeeny, the writers behind the two John Carpenter episodes featured in MASTERS OF HORROR, "Cigarette Burns", which was one of that series' gorier entries, and "Pro-Life", which fell pretty short of the mark of greatness.

Unfortunately, "Skin and Bones" follows suit more with the latter than the former. Anybody see RAVENOUS? Well, this is more like RAVENOUS-LITE...none of the taste and half of the walking menu entrées in this one. As the stereotypical wise Native American shaman, Gordon Tootoosis probably gives the second best performance of the cast, with Molly Hagan coming in a close third as she gets the best line at the end: "Get...your...hands...off...of...MY...KIDS!" (It won't replace Ripley's "Get away from her, you BITCH!", but at least it's a good effort.)

But this is pretty much Doug's baby, and director Larry Fessenden wisely just points the camera at him and lets him go. It's just too bad the script doesn't nearly measure up to Doug's uniquely creepy talents. Here's hoping Guillermo has him back for his next film. Now THERE'S a man who knows how to put Doug's talents to good use.


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