Monday, February 8, 2010

MoH: Pro-Life (2006)

Masters of Horror: "Pro-Life"
Season 2, Episode 5
Directed By: John Carpenter

PRO-LIFE is the second MoH mini-movie to make a bold and controversial social commentary through its biting satire, this time taking on the abortion topic. It finds an isolated clinic under fire by a religious fanatic that is trying to prevent its doctors from performing an abortion on his daughter. The girl wants the fetus out of her immediately, claiming it is the spawn of a demon (which can easily be analyzed as a metaphor for the incestuous subtext within the film). Perlman offers a strong on screen presence as always, but the rest of the cast feel like the third string stand ins for a sappy medical drama. While the plot is pretty cut and dry, the makeup work provided by Oscar-winning gore gurus Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger is anything but. With a crablike fetus recalling the aliens in THE THING and a hulking bull demon, PRO-LIFE stands out with the most ambitious creature FX work in the Masters of Horror series. Were it not for the awesome moments created with these designs, the pacing and structure would have crumbled under the weight of the overbearing message. This isn't a terrible episode, but repeat viewings lessen its effect.

Rating: 6/10.
Number of views: 4.



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2 comments:

  1. Spot on review. It was fun the first time, but not a lasting episode.

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  2. Probably one of the best MoH episodes, which means it's pretty 'meh' over all.

    At least it's not The Screwfly Solution with a fascinating story and painful, completely unwatchable acting.

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