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




Episode cast overview:
Lori Petty ... Judith
Lindsay Pulsipher ... Tara
William Samples William Samples ... Anton
Jesse Haddock Jesse Haddock ... Johnny
Ian A. Wallace Ian A. Wallace ... Math Teacher (as Ian Wallace)
Haley Morrison Haley Morrison ... Teenage Girl
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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When Judith is playing the cello, her fingers are not in the right positions at all. See more »


Featured in Working with a Master: William Malone (2006) See more »


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The best thing William Malone has directed so far
3 May 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

William Malone is probably the least credible director on the 'Masters of Horror' roster (with the exception of series creator Mick Garris), as his only 'big' film credits are the appalling House on Haunted Hill and the universally hated Feardotcom. This makes it all the more incredible that The Fair-Haired Child is actually one of the series highlights! The reason why Malone's entry works so well is because it utilises a strong story, which keeps it simple and doesn't go over the top; thus making it perfect for 55 minutes of screen time. The plot follows a young girl who is abducted. She wakes up in a strange environment, and her situation depreciates when she's thrown in the basement with a weird kid who can't speak. The tale works because we are fed just enough information to ensure that it stays interesting, without going enough into the tale so that we fully know what's going on. The twist in the tale is revealed via a set of very eerie flashbacks, and even though the actual idea behind the story isn't very original; it is very well handled. All this is topped off by a superb atmosphere, which gives the piece a very sinister tone. The scenes that take place in the basement look great and even hokey demon doesn't look too far out of place. Unlike a lot of the rest of the series; this one comes highly recommended!

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