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The 'V' Word Review

Cover art Country : USA
Year: 2006
Genre: Horror
Format: Broadcast
Running Time: 60 minutes
Network: Showtime

Ernest Dickerson takes the reins of this 'Masters' installment, from a script by Mick Garris.

Credits
Directed by Ernest Dickerson. Written by Mick Garris. Starring Michael Ironside.


Third in the Master of Horror anthology, “The V’ Word” is from newcomer (to the series that is) Ernest Dickerson. One of the best urban horror film directors out there. You may remember his little films ‘Demon Knight” and the underrated “Bones”. And of all "toothy vampire flicks" this one fell flat for the first half hour, and then kicked my ass in the second half. The unique look and feel, offbeat characterizations and solid acting of the short film fleshes out and over shadows the admittedly barren premise.

The V Word When two teenage boys break into a mortuary in hope of seeing a dead body, the macabre punishment visited upon them will far outweigh their crime. Instead of fulfilling their morbid curiosity, the boys are attacked by a rampaging vampire (MICHAEL IRONSIDE) and must ultimately decide whether to sacrifice themselves or survive as blood-thirsty killers. Rather than using old horror (like Fright Night) or fairytales (Lost Boys) as its main influence, Mick Garris (who writes two episodes in the season) influences were more the black comedy of Scorsese's “After Hours” and Landis' “Into the Night” -- this enabled Dickerson to populate the film with amusingly offbeat eccentrics. Then there is Michael Ironside - 'nuff said.

The V Word The vampires in this installment also don’t have fangs, leading me to believe initially, this was a zombie short. But they are indeed vampires, just more of the throat ripping and blood drinking kind. The dynamic between the two leads is decent, but not very funny or stylish as it was intended to be. I really couldn’t care less if they died or not. I was impressed by how Garris carried the story, even after the two leads … well, I won’t spoil it, but once you watch it, you will see what I’m talking about.

“The V Word” is certainly good, but not great. Maybe I’m holding every episode to the “Family” standard. I hope to see Dickerson come back for season 3 and maybe bring a little more to the table.

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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com

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