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From the second season of Showtime's Masters of Horror series comes the next Dario Argento offering,Pelts, which is far creepier than his last attempted made-for-TV thrillers (Do You Like HitchcockandJenifer). Meatloaf stars as Jake, a sleazy furrier whose obsession for a lesbian stripper named Shannon results in his attempting to make the finest fur ever for her to wear at an upcoming fur trade show. John Saxon (Tenebre) plays a trapper who comes through for Jake by setting traps in sacred raccoon territory to capture the most beautiful animals imaginable. However, as these raccoons are magical guardians of a lost raccoon city, they curse all associated with the deaths of their brethren with the desire to commit gory suicides using techniques employed in the manufacturing of fur coats. Quite disgusting are scenes of a seamstress sewing her eyes and nose shut with thread, or of a man cutting his belly open with shears to gut himself. One can only infer what Jake's fate might be. The film's disturbing ambience is amplified when suicides occur in the skinning and tanning rooms of Jake's fur factory. Close-ups of the raccoons' faces and shots of their ancient city, which boasts raccoon-carved sculptures, remind one of the absurdity of magical raccoons as crime instigators. But simultaneously the message ofPeltsis made clear.Peltswould make any PETA member proud, if not nauseous.--Trinie Dalton
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CastMeat Loaf, Shawn Hall, Link Baker, Emilio Salituro, Elise Lew
DirectorDario Argento
Screen WriterMick Garris, F. Paul Wilson, Matt Venne
DVD Release Date:  February 13, 2007
Runtime:  59 minutes
Studio:  Starz / Anchor Bay
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review by . October 07, 2008
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This is pure horror Argento style. I have seen "Jennifer's" last year around this same time and it really lack a story line or characterization with over-the-top sex and nudity which failed miserably. In this film we get some nasty little gore spots, a sleazy unlikable antihero, and some scenes of violence that will no doubt have members of PETA going nuts. Plus the scenes in which the trappers kill the raccoons play their use. All of this really is just setup for the pelts to take supernatural …
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