MASTERS OF HORROR: INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD (2005) *** ½
In the opening episode of Showtime’s anthology series showcasing hour long short horror films by some of the genre’s greatest directors, Phantasm’s Don Coscarelli gives us a variation on the durable Texas Chainsaw Massacre scenario. A young woman (Bree Turner) runs scantily clad through the woods evading a bald albino killer named Moonface. Instead of a chainsaw however, he uses a drill press to gouge his victims’ eyes out. Since Turner was used to being around her abusive asshole survivalist hubby (Ethan Embry), she’s pretty much ready to deal with the killer. The story is more or less standard, but Coscarelli’s approach is not. Through the flashbacks, we slowly learn our heroine is less and less a victim as we first thought she was. Coscarelli’s previous work was more fantasy tinged, but he shows no problem here with delivering balls out horror. Coscarelli’s usual star Angus Scrimm also appears. Like Coscarelli’s previous film, Bubba Ho-Tep, this was based on a Joe R. Lansdale short story.