Pelts : Masters of Horror Season 2
In season 1 Giallo master Dario Argento made Jennifer you basic deformed child in the woods comes home with a man, has sex with him and eats animals and neighbors story. While it was certainly nothing to write home about it was still a pretty decent episode for the series. For season 2 Argento decided to phone it in with Pelts, a story so incomprehensibly stupid I literally was pissed after viewing it for having wasted my time with it.
The Story begins with sex deprived, stripper humping, fur salesman played by Meat Loaf. Yes Meat Loaf. He wants to get into the pants of a hot stripper at his favorite local titty bar and after trying to rape her in the champagne room he vows that one day he will have her. Thus we're set up for the introduction of drunken fur trapper, played by the once great John Saxon, and his young friend who seems to be way too interested in raccoon fur.
The two trappers capture a bunch of raccoons in a part of the forest surrounded by strange ruins so of course you know immediately that these raccoons must be cursed or something right? The two talk about how amazing the pelts are and it becomes clear that Saxons young friend seems to be enamored with the pelts and for what seems like an eternity he strokes the pelts and smiles while really hokey music plays in the background.
To make a long story short Meat Loaf comes into ownership of said pelts and decides that these pelts are so perfect that they'd make the greatest fur coat ever to take to some tradeshow. Since I'm not much the fur lover I really didn't know if this was supposed to be taken seriously or not. I mean they're raccoon pelts! Do they even make coats out of Raccoon? there's all this talk about how amazing the pelts are and its enough to bore you to tears. Even with the implied supernatural-ness of the raccoon pelts There still appears to be absolutely no logic in play here at all.
The only redeeming value here, if there's any to be found, is the gore effects. If your a gore hound you might find this to be a pretty cool entry in the series. I'm not so much the gore hound. Don't get me wrong, I like gore if it works in conjunction with the story. I don't like gore for the sake of gore. While the gore in Pelts does follow the story the ridiculousness of the plot points playing out on screen just completely demolish any power the gore could have had. Its bad folks! Avoid this like the plague.
I don't have showtime but I added it to my Directv when Masters season one started just to watch it. After about 4 episodes I shut it off and after watching Pelts on DVD I have no regrets for doing so.