Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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The Fair Haired Child 

A warlock couple abduct a young teenage girl to sacrifice her to a mysterious and evil entity as an offering to resurrect their long-dead boy.


William Malone


Mick Garris (creator), Matt Greenberg

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Episode cast overview:
Lori Petty ... Judith
William Samples William Samples ... Anton
Lindsay Pulsipher ... Tara
Ian A. Wallace Ian A. Wallace ... Math Teacher (as Ian Wallace)
Haley Morrison Haley Morrison ... Teenage Girl
Jesse Haddock Jesse Haddock ... Johnny
Walter Phelan ... Johnny Thing


The virgin teenager Tara is outcast in school and neglected by her mother. While riding her bike back home from school, she is drugged, kidnapped and brought to an isolated mansion by the insane pianist Anton. His cellist wife Judith lures Tara to obtain personal information, and then they lock her in the basement where she meets their son Johnny trying to commit suicide. Tara discovers that the creepy couple lost their son drowned in a lake twelve years ago, and have made a pact with a demon to bring him back to life. The price would be the sacrifice of twelve teenagers, and Tara is the last one. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Unexpected treat from a marginal "master"
18 December 2006 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

B-list filmmaker William Malone no doubt secured his position on "Masters of Horror" by his association with series creator Mick Garris, not because he has any good movies under his belt. That being said, his contribution to the series is a bloody knockout. 'The Fair-Haired Child' follows Tara (Lindsey Pulsipher), an antisocial schoolgirl who is accosted by a child-like (and for all practical purposes, nutzoid) pianist Anton (William Samples), and Judith (a surprisingly creepy Lori Petty), his cello-playing skeleton of a wife. These two desperate characters are looking to resurrect their son by sacrificing 12 children to a malevolent force, and Tara is their lucky number; confined to the inescapable basement, she meets Johnny (Jesse Haddock), who hides a dark secret. While most MOH episodes have been remarkably bland in terms of visual style, Malone should be commended for his experimental technique (consisting of different film speeds, POV shots, and black-and-white imagery), which makes the episode much more dynamic. He approaches Matt Greenberg's script as a cautionary tale and puts the emphasis on character instead of gore; the performances are wonderfully wacky, and the KNB FX are among the best in the series. Along with 'Deer Woman,' 'Dance of the Dead,' and 'Sick Girl,' 'The Fair-Haired Child' is one of the first season's must-see episodes.

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