Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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The V Word 

Two curious teenage boys break into an old mortuary looking for thrills, only to find themselves stalked by a former teacher who is a very real vampire looking to increase the ranks of the undead.


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)


Mick Garris (creator), Mick Garris

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Episode complete credited cast:
Arjay Smith ... Kerry
Branden Nadon ... Justin
Jodelle Ferland ... Lisa
Michael Ironside ... Mr. Chaney
Lynda Boyd ... Carolyn
Keith D. Humphrey ... David (as Keith Humphrey)
Terry D. Stevens Terry D. Stevens ... Passenger (as Terry Stevens)


Kerry and Justin are two best friends who decide one night to break into a mortuary to explore it and they encounter a vampire who thirsts for their blood. When both teens realize that the vampire has infected them, they must find a way to get revenge against him before they too join the ranks of the undead. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The game played at the beginning is Doom 3. See more »


Towards the end, when Justin and Kerry have their final conversation, the make-up is wiped away from Justin's neck where his turtleneck had been rubbing. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Written by Joe Lervold & Adryan Russ
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
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MASTERS OF HORROR: THE V WORD (Ernest R. Dickerson, 2006; TV) **
23 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Another less-than-enthusing entry in this erratic series concerns one of the most abused subjects in horror-film history i.e. vampirism – and, yet, it has rarely been dealt with such a visceral (and frankly off-putting) approach. The blood flows in bucketfuls here and rather than bite its victims, the creature tears open their throat like a werewolf or a latter-day zombie would! The chief vampire is played by Michael Ironside (as Mr. Chaney!) in full Jack (THE SHINING) Nicholson mode, while his victims/successors are your typical teens: one white and one black, obsessed with carnage-happy video games but who cringe in the face of real death – so they dare one another to enter a morgue at night and take a good look at the latest 'intern'…and that is where their troubles begin. Their reactions, however, are different: while the black boy seems resigned to have joined the ranks of the undead (culminating in a predictable coda, down to the ironic closing line, as he sets out to 'infect' The Big Apple), the other resists – especially after Ironside kidnaps his kid sister to be the blood donor in his initiation! – and commits suicide, awaiting the dawn tied to a cross, in a show-stopping finale. Along the way, the film references NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968; a quotation of the famous line "They're coming to get you, Barbara!"), AN American WEREWOLF IN London (1981; the white kid who escapes the initial attack feels remorse for having abandoned his pal to his fate), BLACK SABBATH (1963; the black kid appears at the other's home claiming to be all right and pleading with his friend to let him in) – and, for good measure, we get various snippets from the Browning/Lugosi Dracula (1931) conveniently showing on TV!

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