The Horror Honeys: Master of Horror: The Eyes See All the Evil...

Master of Horror: The Eyes See All the Evil...

A Revenge Honey Short Film Review by Linnie

For those of you that managed to watch every film in the Masters of Horror series (or were total dumbasses and binge-watched it, like I did), you know that it was an absolute crapshoot. A scant few of the films were really wonderful: John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (I'm overlooking a massive plot hole in this one because the story was amazing and terrifying), John Landis' Deer Woman and Family (just fun, old-school horror/comedies) and Stuart Gordon's The Black Cat ("Jeffrey Combs as Poe" lovers unite!) A few others were entertaining enough, but the rest... ugh. I would have to take sanity breaks every few episodes just to keep my shit together. However, there was one film that sent my little black heart beating so fast, that as soon as it was over, I bought a copy of the movie off Amazon. That film was Don Coscarelli's Incident On and Off a Mountain Road.
Now, keep in mind that at the time I saw this film, I was smack dab in the middle of writing a graduate independent study about how modern horror movies were victimizing the hell out of women. And then, I see this treasure. We meet Bree Turner (Grimm) as Ellen, a young woman driving down a deserted road at night, seemingly serene and without a care in the world. As she fiddles with the radio to change the song, she loses sight of the road and crashes headlong into a car stopped in the middle of the street. It is here that our story begins.

Told in flashbacks, we are introduced to a love story between Ellen and her eventual husband, Bruce, played by Ethan Embry (Empire Records, Can't Hardly Wait, Once Upon a Time, ALL of my teenage fantasies.) Interspersed with this seemingly out of place relationship tale is Ellen's current conundrum: also on that mountain road is a psychotic slasher known as Moonface, the kind of guy who picks travelers up off the road, disembowels them, and turns them into really just terrifying folk art. Ahhh, but Poppets, here is the rub: Ellen's husband Bruce was a survivalist... and Ellen may have a few tricks up her sleeve too.

Essentially, imagine that Bree Turner's Ellen is the "been there, done that" sister of Sharni Vinson in You're Next. When it comes down to the wire, these are not women you want to fuck with in the woods. Ellen and Bruce's story isn't just there to clue you in to her skills either; but I won't ruin a delightful twist ending for you.

Basically, this is the rare kind of short film that I would have been trilled to see expanded into a full-length. The acting is utterly convincing on all parts, the makeup and gore effects are pretty sensational, and old Moonface would have made a fun slasher for a fleshed-out series. AND, I certainly can't forget an awesome cameo from none-other than Angus Scrimm, a.k.a The Tall Man from the Phantasm series. He plays his limited role to sheer endearing, icky awesomeness.

I'm really not sure how else to sell Incident to you. It's a kickass short film, with a hand full of disparate, deeply-characterized villains, an amazing heroine that doesn't take any shit, and a brilliantly solid twist that I was totally sold on. You have multiple means to find this movie, but I suggest just buying it outright. You will want to watch it again and again to catch all the little intricacies.

Revenge Honey Stabby Points: 4 out 5

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