14. Masters Of Horror
Air Dates: October 28, 2005 - February 2, 2007
Best Episode: "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road" (October 28, 2005)
With Masters Of Horror, Showtime executives forever earned the right to party with the Fangoria crowd. Under the guidance of genre filmmaker Mick Garris, the cable network opened up its corporate wallet and paid a slew of established and in-demand horror movie directors to try and out-do each other with an original, hour-long mini-movie. And for two seasons, fans were in their glory, even when the episodes weren't exactly up to snuff (avoid Tobe Hooper's Dance Of The Dead at all costs).
The best Masters Of Horrors hours showcased scary film vets having a blast. Joe Dante got to blend zombies and acute social commentary with the superb “Homecoming”; John Carpenter climbed out of prolonged inactivity to stage demonic carnage in the visceral “Cigarette Burns”; and John Landis nailed his previously stale combo of horror and comedy with the riotous “Deer Woman”.