Deer Woman (2005)

Deer Woman (2005) review for by 24 Hours to Midnight: The Blog!

Did you know that some of your favourite horror directors sometimes eat dinner together?  Well they do, and here’s proof:

Masters of Horror dinner

A meeting of film's finest greaseballs, scumbags, and ponytail aficionados.

Since about 2002 some of the biggest names in horror, everyone from Wes Craven to Lucky McKee to Eli Roth have been dining together. Dubbed “The Masters of Horror” by attendee Guillermo Del Toro, these dinner guests decided to create a series of hour-long “movies,” each one featuring one of the “Masters” as a writer or director. The end result was a terrifying collection of some of the greatest, most gruesome, creepiest television ever aired. The two seasons aired in 2006-2007, and have since been released by Anchor Bay on DVD and Blu-ray.

With Deer Woman (2005), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) goes back to the well for another murderous half-man/half-animal romp. Here, Brian Benben (the actor most famous for making you ask “How do I know that guy?”) is a police detective, investigating a series of brutal murders. The prime suspect is a spirit of vengeance of conveniently ambiguous Native American origin, taking the form of a beautiful woman (with hooves). She uses her hooves to stomp on mens’ junk until they die. Yup.

The movie plays out like the pilot for a detective show that never made it to air, or a “monster of the week” X-Files episode. There’s a damaged cop with a past and a kooky sidekick, and a small town with a secret and populated by quirky residents. Also, it was filmed in Vancouver, like all notable hour-long dramas should be. In the end, it’s sure to scratch that itch you’ve got for something from the erotic horror comedy genre.