August 02, 2008

Deer Woman strikes again

Here's an episode of Masters of Horror, a Showtime TV series. Its only notable feature is being directed by John Landis (Animal House, An American Werewolf in London):

Masters of Horror:  Deer WomanDwight Faraday (Brian Benben) is a burned-out police detective whom investigates a series of bizarre and gory killings of various men getting stomped to death, and from the type of murders and lack of murder weapon Faraday begins to suspect the killer may be a beautiful, but mysterious, young woman (Cinthia Moura) always seen around the crime scenes whom Faraday suspects to be a 'deer woman' from a local Native American legend of seducing and murdering men.Comment:  Actress Cinthia Moura is a Brazilian supermodel, so she may have some Indian in her. Otherwise she's the usual dark-haired beauty who represents the white man's fantasy of an Indian woman.

For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
First, MASTERS OF HORROR went from ShowTime to NBC and has been airing there in third season as the summer series, FEAR ITSELF. Second, John Landis not only directed "The Deer Woman" (ep. 7 of season one) but also wrote it with his son Max. Third, the Deer Woman is a legitimate mythological figure in many ancient and now modern tribal folklores and therefore is as much deserving of fictional adaptation as are witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires. Witness: Bigfoot. Fourth, the representation of the Deer Woman as a spirit that sometimes is an alluring whole woman who then becomes a rampaging half-woman, half-deer, perfectly is in keeping with exact modern Native folklore of several tribes. Fifth, that episode inspired writerfella to avail Landis of the unproduced script for 'The Piasa Bird' from THE X-FILES, as Landis mentioned the Piasa Bird in his MOH interview. What comes sixth remains to be seen...
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Russ Bates