Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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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.


John McNaughton


Mick Garris (creator), Mick Garris (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




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


In the nineteen century, a man seeks help from a necromancer, asking her to revive his beloved wife. The woman advises him that the process could be dangerous and proposes that he listen to Haeckel's story to help in him understand what he is asking. Ernst Haeckel is a cocky medical student fascinated with 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 that his father's illness has become terminal and travels to seen him. One night while preparing to spend the night near a cemetery, an old man Walter Wolfram offers him shelter in his home, telling him that it would be very dangerous to stay near the necropolis. Haeckel accepts the invitation and meets his young wife Elise Wolfram. He feels seduced by the young beautiful woman, but soon discovers the couple have a dark secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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The legendarily obscure ensemble The Residents made a complete soundtrack, which was not used in the broadcast version, but made available as download in 2010. See more »


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


Hush, Little Baby
Performed by Leela Savasta
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Curse of the 13th episode
16 February 2006 | by VergilyaSee all my reviews

Haeckel's Tale is not directed by Takashi Miike as reviewed. It is John McNaughton who brought us Wild Things that did it. Haeckel's Tale, by the way, is based on a short story written by Clive Barker of the same title. If you are familiar with his work you'll know what to expect especially if you remember his one of a kind Hellraiser.

The last episode which was supposed to be directed by Takashi Miike was withheld from being aired by Shotime executives due to some scenes they were unhappy about. At the moment the 13th episode known as Imprint will only be available on DVD.

All in all Masters of Horror is a tour de force of horror on television. If you like a good scare, some laughs, action, nudity, rock music, variety and disgust this show's definitely for you. Lock the doors, turn off the lights and blast the speakers for a fun and thrilling ride.

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