Masters of Horror Pelts Review
Written by: MistressOf Horror
Masters of Horror Pelts is an animal revenge film of a most interesting sort. A father and son team of furriers go hunting for animals on land that is not theirs. When they go to retrieve their traps, they find them filled with raccoons which have the most beautiful coats on them that either hunter has ever seen. After taking them home, cleaning them, and calling their main client, Jack Feldman ( Meat Loaf), to report to him their findings, they turn in for the night. But the beauty of the pelts, and the spirits of the animals they once belonged to, haunt the hunters son, who kills his father before killing himself, both in very grotesque way.
The following morning, Jack arrives at the hunters home to examine the product. Even after finding two mutilated corpses, he still cant get over how incredible the pelts look, and immediately makes plans to fashion the most beautiful fur coat ever made, and make himself filthy rich off the attention hes sure to generate at a fashion show the following month all before phoning the police. He even knows exactly who he would like to model it. A lesbian stripper named Shana (Ellen Ewusie) that he has been obsessing over for some time now who wants nothing to do with him, except for his money.Things start to go from bad to worse for Jack and his employees, as the people who are closest to the pelts grow steadily more disturbed and they start meeting their own demise in the same fashion as what they do to the pelts. A cutter starts cutting himself, a seamstress sews herself up and suffocates to death. All the while Jack remains steadfast, marching forward with one goal in mind: winning Shana.
But these things never end well. One of the things that I like about the script is the return to a moralistic type message that used to be common in horror anthologies like. It gives it that old time comic book story feel, even though the subject matter is very adult. The people being punished and killed may not be the worst sinners of the world, but they are far from upstanding citizens, and the bloodshed is very eye-for-an-eye. The acting is also well done. Meat Loaf doesnt go overboard hamming it up, but he does have enough fun with his character that his smarminess and sleaziness are enough to make the viewer sick. But what is especially great about Pelts is that it has director Dario Argento coming back to full form. . The obsession with cutting utensils, the old woman who owns the property the raccoons were hunted on, the extreme (and I do mean extreme, especially for television) gore shots, and a beautifully haunting score by Claudio Simonetti A beautifully shot film , great acting and enough gore to make you wince.