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Deer Woman 

A harried, burned-out cop believes that a recent string of murders prove that the murderer might be a deer-like creature in the form of a beautiful woman right from a local Native America folklore legend.


John Landis


Mick Garris (creator), Max Landis | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Benben ... Detective Dwight Faraday
Walter High Walter High ... Pool Player
Michael P. Northey ... Peeing Trucker
Cinthia Moura ... Deer Woman
Sonja Bennett ... Dana (as Sonya Bennett)
Anthony Griffith ... Officer Jacob Reed
John Destry John Destry ... Trucker Witness
John 'Bear' Curtis ... Truckstop Owner
Alex Zahara ... Detective Patterson
Maxine Miller ... Dog Lady
John R. Taylor John R. Taylor ... Dead Monkey Man
Edmond Kato Wong Edmond Kato Wong ... Desk Cop (as Edmond Wong)
Steve Archer Steve Archer ... Business Man
Ben Cotton ... Theoretical Trucker
Lisa Marie Caruk ... Theoretical Girl


When the body of a truck driver's found trampled in its cab, detective Faraday discovers the victim had last been seen with a gorgeous woman and apparently had been trampled by a heavy animal in the truck's cab. Soon, a couple of bodies arrive at the morgue in the same condition, with deer footprints and hair on the corpses. Faraday talks to a native American who tells of a legend about a deer/woman; half woman, but with hooves and trampling men after seducing them. Without any other lead, her begins to believe their's truth to the legend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Part of the story takes place in the "River Rock Casino Resort". In many shows like "CSI", a named Casino is usually a fictitious one. But this is a real Casino - the River Rock Casino Resort, in Richmond Canada. What confuses some viewers is that there is another Casino named "River Rock Casino Resort" in Geyserville, California, U.S.A. See more »


Near the end of the episode when Detective Faraday leaves Officer Reed's apartment, he gets into his car which has the red light on top still flashing (as he left it when he arrived). As he enters the car, the red light appears to turn off, only to be back on in the next shot. Minutes later in the woods, Deer Woman kicks his car, which causes the light to fall off the roof and fall to the side while still flashing. Presumably it fell off the car and is lying in the road as we never see it on top of the car or see the red flashing light ever again. However, as Detective Faraday pins Deer Woman to a tree using the car, we can see the reflection of the red flashing light in the windshield on a close-up of Detective Faraday. In the very next show we can still see that the light is not on the car. See more »


Casino Manager: Why does everything have to have a why with you people? You know, it's a woman with deer legs, motive really isn't an issue here.
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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I Laughed, I Cried, I Laughed Again
4 December 2006 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A trucker is killed in his semi by what appears to be a large deer, and a detective from the animal attacks division (Anthony Griffith) is left to investigate. Is the killer human, animal or something else?

I really enjoyed this movie a lot. After seeing the thirteen movies from the first season of "Masters of Horror", let me say this proudly: "Deer Woman" is one of my favorites. I enjoyed a few of the others quite a bit (particularly "Jenifer", "Incident" and "Dreams in the Witch House")... but this one ranks right up at the top.

John Landis gave us a movie that is more comedy than horror, but the kind of comedy a horror fan can appreciate. He even found a way to reference his classic "American Werewolf in London" (another bizarre animal attack). Way to go tying the mythology together, John.

The deer jokes and imagery were very nice. I live in Wisconsin and I have seen my fair share of deer, so you would think that deer would bore me. Usually they do. But Steve the Deer telling the wigwam joke? Classic. The attack of the Flannel Deerman? I nearly shot Diet Coke out my nose. The scene where Anthony Griffith's character is thinking up different scenarios to explain the murder is the highlight of the film, though the actress from these sequences needs an upper lip.

Dana the medical examiner (or whatever she was) was very sexy, with haunting eyes. More than Cynthia Moura, who is actually Brazilian and not Native American at all.

You have some mutilated bodies and blood, and a description of a mangled body part that left me hurting for a few minutes. Overall, the gore is minimal, though... but what it lacks in gore it makes up for with great writing. Don't let the cover or Indian mythology scare you off. I know Indian myths sound pretty stupid, but this time we got something a little better than "Pet Sematery".

The audio commentary features only Brian Benben and Anthony Griffith, so the bulk of the talking is about height differences and the film "Mandingo". The insight that John Landis or Max Landis could have provided is absent (though John does have interview segments on the DVD).

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