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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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Did You Know?


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 »


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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you have to wait until the end for the horror
20 June 2013 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

This is really a slow builder. It's really the telling of Haeckel's story of course but it take a while before it all becomes creepy and even a bit scary. But at the end of the day it was rather good. Still, clocking in just under an hour I would have liked that the horror would come in earlier.

A necromancer's help is needed to revive a man's beloved wife. It is told that the process isn't without any danger. When Haeckel's father becomes ill he travels toward him but comes across the necromancer Montesquino showing him how to bring a dead dog alive. Haeckel is fascinated and stays at the house of an old man married to a beautiful young wife. Haeckel is warned not to visit the cemetery nearby because the necropolis has it's dark secrets but Haeckel is attracted to the young woman and discovers her dark secrets.

It is until the dark secrets are shown on the necropolis that the real horror comes in. Sure, when Montesquino shows that he can bring the dog back alive has it's own gruesome show but face it, the necrophilia at the end with the young woman is were it really starts to work. Leela Savasta who plays the young woman shows it all here and goes fully naked on the grave to have sex with the death and even goes for a trio. Leela moved further after this episode to some famous series and she's best known as Tracey Anne in the much acclaimed Battlestar Galactica (2008) series.

I can understand that some will hate this episode due the storytelling and nothing really happening until the final minutes but it's worth the wait.

Gore 1/5 Nudity 1,5/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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