The Fair-Haired Child (2005)

Tara (Lindsay Pulsipher) and Johnny (Jesse Hadock) get close in "The Fair-Haired Child".
Tara (Lindsay Pulsipher) and Johnny (Jesse Hadock) get close in “The Fair-Haired Child”.

from Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series

The Fair-Haired Child (2005)
Directed by:
William Malone
Written by: Matt Greenberg
Starring: Lindsay Pulsipher, Jesse Hadock, William Samples, Lori Petty

PLOT
A warlock couple abduct a young teenage girl to sacrifice her to a mysterious and evil entity as an offering to resurrect their long-dead boy. (from IMDb)

Quickie Review
Stupid people and stupid horror are the bane of my existence. When you add a heaping helping of lazy, you create something even more noxious. That’s what you get here. The entire episode could have been bypassed if someone had simply learned to shout, “Hold onto the boat!” The other fifty eight minutes could have been filled with a nice musical interlude.

The Good: At least Lindsey Pulsipher is easy on the eyes.

The Bad: There’s a lot of shorthand used in lieu of actual character development. Yes, we see the girl getting laughed at in school, but why? The only crime she seems guilt of is being the only awkward girl in school. As the episode progresses, she undergoes no real development; she just there to react and not to be. To me, it’s just lazy story telling.

The Ugly: What’s with the scene that looks like it’s plucked out of a French art film? It just didn’t feel terribly organic. And, for the second straight episode, the creature design was a bit underwhelming and the camera ramping effects were a little cliché – though almost understandable given when the episode was made.

"Masters of Horror" The Fair Haired Child (2006)
  • Runtime:55 minutes
  • Director: William Malone
  • Writers:
    Mick Garris
     
    Matt Greenberg
     
  • Actors:
    Judith
    Lori Petty
    Anton
    William Samples
    Tara
    Lindsay Pulsipher
    Math Teacher (as Ian Wallace)
    Ian A. Wallace
    Teenage Girl
    Haley Morrison
    Johnny
    Jesse Haddock

Joe Lopez
Dubbed, "TerrorScribe" by a former editor, Joe made the conversion to horror sometime in the mid-2000s. Little did he know he'd favored the genre all of his life. When not struggling with short stories, he provided genre film reviews for local entertainment sites and later genre sites who could suffer his cynical views.

It was that same cynicism - and some might say hubris - that lead him to have a brief flirtation with filmmaking. His first two efforts, "Annotated" and "Antes Que Seja Tarde (Before It's Too Late)" both premiered at a local H.P. Lovecraft film festival. A third short, "Survivor Girl" proved to be his undoing though plans are in the works to revived the cursed project.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX., Joe now resides in a small Texas town. Statistics say more dead bodies turn up in small towns that big cities... though he claims to have NOTHING to do with that.
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