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Masters of Horror - Pelts (2006)

Cult Movies and Television movie directed by Dario Argento

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3.5-Talk about fleshing things out on screen.....

  • Oct 7, 2008
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 revenge on those who come in contact with them. Meatloaf has never been a favorite of mine (either acting or singing) but here he manages to put his mark all over the role. You just want to smack this guy he's so sleazy.

The story isn't a clear winner, but probably the one reason to see this episode is the fantastic special effects. Through the course of this episode we have people dying in many different ways, mostly in the way they are handling the fur. The characters in this one are nothing to write home about and besides Jake there is Jameson, portrayed by John Saxon, he takes over every scene he's in, and although his character meets an incredibly grisly demise early on, he's one of the most memorable parts of the episode, of the parts that don't have exposed areola, anyway. The supporting cast was kind of pick and chose. Some of them did well, while others were just alright.

Pelts is a film with many plot holes and if it had a longer running time, I'm sure we would be able to understand the story much better. I'm not saying that it's hard to follow, because your basic horror fan will be able to comprehend the concept of the film, but there is a lot left open and unexplained. It's a decent flick with some good effects and decent acting, but I would have liked to have seen more of a back story develop the origin of the pelts.

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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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Director: Dario Argento
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
Runtime: 59 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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