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Haeckel's Tale 

A grieving widower seeking the help of a necromancer is told the terrible tale of Ernst Haekel, a man obsessed with reanimation.

Director:

John McNaughton

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Mick Garris (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Steve Bacic ... John Ralston
Micki Maunsell Micki Maunsell ... Miz Carnation
Gerard Plunkett ... Dr. Hauser (as Gerrard Plunkett)
Derek Cecil ... Ernst Haeckel
Pablo Coffey Pablo Coffey ... Chester
Jon Polito ... Montesquino
Warren Kimmel Warren Kimmel ... Faron
Jill Morrison ... Rachel
Elizabeth McQuade ... Young Woman
Tom McBeath ... Wolfram
Leela Savasta ... Elise Wolfram
Christopher DeLisle Christopher DeLisle ... Elise's Dead Husband
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In the 1800's, a man seeks help from a necromancer, to revive his wife. The woman advises him the process is dangerous. She says he should first listen to a man named Haeckel's story to help in him decide what he's asking. Ernst Haeckel's a cocky medical student, fascinated with life, death, resuscitation. In his search for true reanimation he meets the necromancer Montesquino, who claims to have the ability to bring the dead back to life. Shortly after this meeting, Haekel learns his father's illness has become terminal, and travels to seen him. One night, whilst preparing to spend the night near a cemetery, an old man named Wolfram offers him shelter in his home, telling him it would be foolish to stay near the dead. Haeckel accepts the invitation and meets Wolfram's young wife, Elise. He feels seduced by the beautiful young woman, but soon discovers the couple's got a dark secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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George A. Romero was originally going to direct, but couldn't fit it in his schedule. Then Roger Corman was approached to helm the episode, but health issues came up and he was then replaced by John McNaughton. See more »

Goofs

The supposedly dead body that Chester brought to Ernst clearly shows breathing chest movements. See more »

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Hush, Little Baby
(traditional)(uncredited)
Performed by Leela Savasta
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Sexy and disgusting at the same time
22 April 2018 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

"Haeckel's Tale" takes place in the XIX century, which contributes to the dark and gloomy atmosphere, but the story itself is very slow and without tension, and twist is unsatisfying. It left me with the impression of a dark fairy tale more than horror. Film culminates in one of the most bizarre sex scene I've ever seen and, if for nothing else, it's worth watching this episode. Trust me, you won't forget it any time soon.

6/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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