The V Word (Dickerson, 2006)

Pleasantly surprised with this Ernest Dickerson helmed (Spike Lee’s orginal DP of choice, now director of Bones) Masters of Horror episode about two teens who wander into a funeral home to see a dead bully, but end up being bitten by a vampire (reality has to be thrown out the window here). Dickerson builds tension with the less is more philosophy, and when he abandons this technique later in the episode the scares become less frequent. Lots of underlining comments on video game culture, ethics within the fantasy world, and sacrifice. But Dickerson’s vampire story covers a lot of ground and by the end one feels exhausted, for better or worse. The early scenes in the funeral home freaked me out, especially when scary as hell vampire baddy Michael Ironside starts creeping around.

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