Chilling horror stories from the most prominent directors of the genre.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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“Imprint” is the thirteenth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. Directed by Takashi Miike, the episode was scheduled to premiere on January 27, 2006—but was shelved by Showtime over concerns about its extremely graphic and disturbing content. It was later released to DVD on September 26, 2006.
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Japanese director Takashi Miike was among the filmmakers chosen to create an episode for Masters of Horror. Considered to be a “deliberately and spectacularly transgressive director whose work is lionized by a substantial share of the young generation of Internet critics and horror film fans, while routinely rejected as repulsively sadistic by much of the mainstream media”, Miike crafted “Imprint” based on a traditional Japanese story, “Bokkee Kyotee”, by Shimako Iwai. He explained the reasons he chose the film: “It had a simplicity that I liked. Also, it had that kind of story I imagined the audience telling their friends after seeing the film. It's a story that could have been told before the horror genre was around – it's more like a kaidan – a traditional scary story.” It included graphic depictions of violence and aborted fetuses, but Miike believed he was staying within the boundaries of acceptability: “I thought that I was right up to the limit of what American television would tolerate. As I was making the film I kept checking to make sure that I wasn't going over the line, but I evidently misestimated.” After previewing the episode, Mick Garris, the series creator and executive producer, requested that it be edited to tone down the content, but, despite some changes being made, Showtime felt it was too disturbing to air on television. The episode, scheduled to air January 27, 2006, was canceled and became the only one of the series to remain unaired in the United States. It was shown, however, at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in Japan on 25 February 2006 and aired in the UK on Bravo (British TV channel) on 7 April 2006.
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