When MASTERS OF HORROR creator Mick Garris tells you how bloody the second season of his hit Showtime series is going to be, you’ve just got to be there to see the expression on his face—eyes wild, a grin baring his pearly whites. Garris was just one of the many horror celebs attending the 32nd Annual Saturn Awards, and he didn’t go home empty-handed: MASTERS scored a win, albeit a tie with THE TRIANGLE, for Best Television Presentation. Just prior to accepting his trophy, Garris, along with KNB EFX’s Greg Nicotero (who nabbed a prize of his own, Best Makeup for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA with KNB EFX partner Howard Berger), updated Fango on how season two is progressing.
“Tobe Hooper begins shooting today,” Garris tells us. Hooper is being reunited with DANCE OF THE DEAD scribe Richard Christian Matheson this season. “Dario Argento finished PELTS yesterday, and that’s a really wet one. A really wet one! My episode is going to be an original Clive Barker story that he wrote a treatment for and that I adapted. It’s sort of a ghost story—very twisted eroticism, as you might expect, but a bit more filled with horror tropes than [his previous] CHOCOLATE was.”
Meanwhile, Nicotero is ecstatic that MASTERS is leaning into creature feature territory, specifically with John Carpenter’s PRO-LIFE. “We’re actually getting into monsters on that one,” he reveals, but has KNB’s work process changed any between seasons? “We’re trying to take advantage of our relationship with the directors, so we can get a little bit of headway instead of waiting for the obligatory 10-day prep. We’ve got to start building way earlier than that!”