Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House

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Overview

Stuart Gordon Re-Animator, From Beyond tackles the work of H.P. Lovecraft again for his episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, Dreams in the Witch-House. Ezra Godden, who starred in Gordon's Dagon, plays Walter, a grad student who, naturally, rents a room at a creepy old house. Bad signs abound, from the reclusive downstairs neighbor, Masurewicz Campbell Lane, to the gruff, mean-spirited landlord, Dombrowski Jay Brazeau. The room itself is kind of a hole. Then there's all that mysterious late-night ...
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Overview

Stuart Gordon Re-Animator, From Beyond tackles the work of H.P. Lovecraft again for his episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, Dreams in the Witch-House. Ezra Godden, who starred in Gordon's Dagon, plays Walter, a grad student who, naturally, rents a room at a creepy old house. Bad signs abound, from the reclusive downstairs neighbor, Masurewicz Campbell Lane, to the gruff, mean-spirited landlord, Dombrowski Jay Brazeau. The room itself is kind of a hole. Then there's all that mysterious late-night pounding and chanting. But, hey, the rent's cheap. One night, Walter is awakened by screaming, and runs next door to find his attractive neighbor, Frances Chelah Horsdal, and her little boy, Danny David and Nicholas Racz, being terrorized by a large rat, which runs into a hole in the wall. When Walter goes to complain to the uncaring landlord, crazy old Masurewicz asks him if the rat had a human face! Things get even stranger. He has vivid dreams of a witch visiting him and seducing him, but the dreams leave real physical evidence behind. Walter, who is studying string theory, begins to suspect that there is a portal to another dimension within the building. Maybe old Masurewicz isn't so crazy after all. He seems to know all about the witch, and urges Walter to get out while he still can. But Walter suspects that the witch with help from her familiar, that ugly rat, is after Danny's innocent blood, and, having developed a romantic attraction to Frances, he's determined to keep her and the boy safe.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (1.77 x 1) enhanced for 16 x 9 tvs; Audio commentary with writer/director Stuart Gordon, and actor Ezra Godden; Behind the scenes: The making of Dreams in the Witch-House; Working with a Master: Stuart Gordon; Dreams, Darkness and Damnation: An interview with Stuart Gordon; On Set: An interview with Chelah Horsdal; SFX: Meet Brown Jenkin; Stuart Gordon bio; Trailers; Still gallery; Storyboard gallery; DVD-ROM: screenplay; DVD-ROM: screen saver; DVD-ROM: "Dreams in the Witch-House" by H.P. Lovecraft
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
"This is a quiet building," says the grubby landlord in the beginning of Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House, Lovecraft enthusiast Stuart Gordon's entry in Showtime's Masters of Horror series. So we know there will be trouble, but even seasoned horror fans maybe find a few surprises in Gordon's entry, which quirkily fuses the venerated author's treatment of interdimensional travel and one man's descent into madness with Gordon's own strength at mixing gore and terror with sardonic, borderline-campy humor. Ezra Godden plays the story's hero Walter Gilman with a Luke Wilson-like rakish intelligence, and convincingly portrays Walter's increasing franticness as he becomes unhinged. Of course, who can blame him, what with being in the thrall of a witch and her chuckle-inducing familiar, a rat with an ugly human face. What he initially assumes are dreams leave increasingly visible effects on his waking life, from finding a bloody pentagram scratched into his back to waking up in the rare books room of the school library, reading the Necronomicon the Book of the Dead in his underwear. In between, there's his budding relationship with sexy single mom Frances Chelah Horsdal, increasingly threatened by Walter's unpleasant encounters with the paranormal, which could conceivably stem from the unencumbered young man's fear of commitment, as one dream, in which the witch and the rat pressure him to sign some nefarious contract in blood, seems to suggest. Gordon is not afraid to push things to an unpleasant limit, at one point showing what appears to be a ceremonial knife held up to an actual toddler's throat. Fans who prefer their horror completely straight may not appreciate it, but Gordon again demonstrates his unique talent for mixing quirky, uneasy laughs with genuine horror.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • UPC: 013131372496
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 91,525

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yevgen Voronin Brown Jenkin
Susanna Uchatius Keziah Mason
Donna White Librarian
Susan Bain Psychologist
Terry Howson Attendant
Anthony Harrison Detective
David Nykl CSI
Jay Brazeau Dombrowski
Campbell Lane Masurewicz
Technical Credits
Stuart Gordon Director, Screenwriter
Dennis Paoli Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch House
1. Main Titles [1:28]
2. Dreams in the Witch-House [10:17]
3. Unholy Rodent [8:14]
4. The Witch [10:40]
5. Clues of the Necronomicon [5:27]
6. Not Without a Fight [11:28]
7. Stranger Than Fiction [5:41]
8. End Credits [1:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch House
   Chapters
   Extras
      Featurettes
         Dreams, Darkness and Damnation: An Interview With Stuart Gordon
         Working With a Master: Stuart Gordon
         On Set: An Interview With Chelah Horsdal
         Behind the Scenes: The Making of Dreams in the Witch-House
         SFX: Meet Brown Jenkin
      Commentary
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         Dolby Surround 2.0
         Commentary With Writer/Director Stuart Gordon, Actor Ezra Godden and DVD Producer Perry Martin
      Trailers
         Chocolate
         Cigarette Burns
         Dreams in the Witch-House
         Homecoming
         Deer Woman
         Jenifer
         Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
         Dance of the Dead
         Play All
      Still Gallery
      Storyboard Gallery
      Stuart Gordon Bio
      DVD-ROM Features
      Also on DVD
         Masters of Horror
         Room 6
         Demon Hunter
         Halloween
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Commentary With Writer/Director Stuart Gordon, Actor Ezra Godden and DVD Producer Perry Martin
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    typical

    Typical of what you would expect from this kind of movies. Kinda drawn out and boring in some parts but a decent ending. Not worth $20 though.

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