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Masters Of Horror - Right to Die (2006)
Director Rob Schmidt first burst into the horror genre in 2003 with the backwoods inbred slasher flick ďWrong TurnĒ, but this time around itís a much different story being told. The setting is suburbia, the story is rather familiar with the names and stories changed. In 2005 one of the biggest news stories of the year was about a woman named Terri Schiavo who was brain damaged and had to depend on a feeding tube to live. Well, the main story of all of this was after years of legal battles her husband was the one that retained the rights to decide to take the tube out. This sparked a moral battle all over the media and among many people in the United States. This story is what is the backbone of what Right to Die is all about.
It starts with Cliff and is wife Abby driving down a dark road late at night. One thing leads to another and they wreck their car into debree on the road. As they end up in a ditch the car starts to leak gasoline. Before you know it Abby and the car go up in flames as Cliff stands there helpless to handle the situation. As the episode moves on though you see that not everything is so cut and dry and everyone is losing their grip on reality.
Schmidt shows that he really gets it when it comes to dredging up some terror for his audience. Too bad that during this episode that he doesnít get the chance to do it enough and that stands especially true for this rather slow moving episode. Out of the entire Masters of Horror series this would be one that I got a total Tales From the Crypt vibe from, and I can really tell if itís because of Corbin Bernsenís slimy role or if there is the feel of comeuppance or dread that they pack but itís definitely something. This episode shows that Schmidt is also a stylish director, at least more so than he had the chance to do with Wrong Turn.
I really enjoyed the gore in this one as KNB effects really did a good job on the gags and the actual gore that was shown in the installment. Lately theyíve been pretty hit and miss, but this time around they hit it out of the park. There are some really nasty scenes in this one, and I would have to definitely say itís one of the gorier episodes in the second season. The main problem that I had with Right to Die is the fact that the episode really felt rushed to get to the 58 minute running time. It felt like too much was unexplained and the ending was one of total convenience.
Overall I would say that this episode is one of the more average entries into the Masters of Horror series. The story itself didnít feel that Masters was the right way to convey it. It just needed more time and development, and when that happens it feels as if you are just watching too much filler. It is however worth checking out if you like the series, or if you are a fan of Rob Schmidtís work. Oh, and Julia Anderson has one of the greatest racks ever. So itís worth checking out because of that as well.
Rating - **Ĺ