Masters of Horror: Haeckel's Tale (2006)

Genres - Horror  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton adapts horror icon Clive Barker's tale about a headstrong medical student who discovers, much to his chagrin, that not everything in the mortal realm can be explained through science. Overconfident young medical student Ernst Haeckel (Derek Cecil) believes he has the power to restore life to the dead, but after an embarassing failure he is forced to seek the advice of traveling Necromancer Montesquino (Jon Polito) - who is rumored to use black magic as a means of resurrecting the recently departed. When Haeckel requests that Montesquino share his powerful secrets and the impatient Necromancer refuses, the young medical student Ernst Haeckel (Derek Cecil) sets out on the road to visit his dying father. As a storm sweeps though the New England countryside, a mysterious stranger offers Haeckel shelter from the rain in his nearby cabin. Spellbound by the elderly farmer's etherial young wife, Haeckel watches as the young beauty ventures out into the darkness, and money changes hands between his shaken host and the mysterious Montesquino. Though he is explicitly instructed by the frightened farmer not to venture outside of the cabin at any cost, the heartrending cries of an endangered infant coupled with the guttural moans of an unseen entity soon compel the horrified Haeckel to venture out into the darkened wilderness, where he is soon confronted with sickening orgy of the undead.