Has Miike Been Dropped From Masters of Horror?

Founder and Editor; Toronto, Canada (@AnarchistTodd)
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It isn't one hundred percent confirmed, but the rumblings are that Takashi Miike's Imprint has been dropped from Showtime's Masters of Horror. I've had a pair of emails about this today and a bit of poking around seems to bear it out.

The entire series is currently in the midst of screening at the Vancouver International Film Centre - with a handful of special guests, so if you can go you really should - but the Vancouver folks have dropped Miike's entry from their lineup. According to the official VIFC website the Miike screening was cancelled due to copyright issues. This is more than a little puzzling considering that the copyright would be held entirely by Showtime, just as the rest of the series is, so this really doesn't seem to wash. How can screening the rest of the episodes - even the ones that haven't yet aired - be okay and screening the Miike not be? Odd.

A quick scan of the TV Guide website turns up more bad news ... while they still have some skeletal information on the episode - little more than acknowledgement that it exists, really - it is the only episode in the series to not have an air date listed, meaning that there currently isn't an airing scheduled.

And while Showtime has their website regionally blocked - you can't read it without a US based IP address - I'm told that their page for the series has removed any mentions of Miike and Imprint entirely.

So what's the story? Has Miike gone far enough to offend a cable network, is it simply not very good, or is there some other explanation?

Thanks to Aaron and Ken for the heads up.

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Chris HJanuary 16, 2006 10:02 AM

He is not listed on their site... this is sad new indeed..

was the only reason I was suffering through some of the crappier episodes..

SteveJanuary 16, 2006 10:14 AM

I hope he's made something so offensive that they refuse to show it, and then that it leaks out on the net :) (not that I advocate piracy, cause I most definately don't.)

DaturaJanuary 16, 2006 10:56 AM

Ah, found it: http://yubarifanta.com/index_pc.php?ct=films.php&langue;=21002

It's listed under "special program" at the YIFFF, along with Dance of the Dead, and lists quite a few details.

crazybeeJanuary 16, 2006 11:20 AM

Dance of the Dead is the absolute worst of the series so far. I did a little mini-review of the ones I've seen in the previous MoH article here. I'll update that since I've since seen Lucky McKee's Sick Girl, which, surprisingly, wasn't very good either.

Bruce MoyleJanuary 16, 2006 12:29 PM

This has bummmed me out.. Miike episode is what had me drooling about the whole show when it was first announced.

axleuJanuary 16, 2006 3:13 PM

"is it simply not very good"

It can't be worse than the horrible Dance of the dead!!!!!!!!

But I loved Coming home, and I really liked Don Coscarelli's and Carpenter's ones a lot! The rest, well, from OK to shitty!

logboyJanuary 16, 2006 3:13 PM

its fine by me, unlikely such a thing would be produced without it appearing at some point in some form (i.e DVD with english subtitles)... so i will see it one way or another, most likely.

SwarezJanuary 16, 2006 4:31 PM

Miike's part was the one I was the most excited to see. Damn. Most of the episodes have been crap, Carpenter and Dante's being the best so far.

jasonJanuary 16, 2006 9:44 PM

the best episode of Masters of Horror so far has been Cigarette Burns...everything else on there has been the biggest bunch of crap.

NicolasJanuary 16, 2006 10:01 PM

Miike is still listed on the Canadian website for the series but that might just be lazy updating... or maybe it'll be broadcast here (I'm in Canada too). http://www.screamtelevision.ca/mastersofhorror/

JoJoJanuary 17, 2006 12:45 AM

Personally, I wasn't even a fan of the Carpenter or Dante episodes, either. I thought the entire purpose of the series was that directors and writers would essentially be given creative freedom, and would leave their imprint on their individual episodes. So far, I've seen nothing "unique" about any of the episodes. You could jumble up the writer/director credits from episode to episode, and I'm fairly confident that viewers would not know the difference.

ElJanuary 17, 2006 9:58 AM

Miike's episode is still on mastersofhorror.net....

ChrissyFebruary 6, 2006 10:22 AM

Okay, first off, -to axleu, Dance Of The Dead was by far the BEST episode (in my opinion) and Cigarette Burns was ALMOST the worst. The worst was Pick Me Up lol. But you people don't know how much time I've spent trying to find Dance of the Dead, I'm so obsessed!!!!! I loved it!!! WOW, it was soOOOOOOOOOO good!!! great!!! the BEST!!! Also, Fair-Haired Child was really good too! So, my point is that DANCE OF THE DEAD IS THE BEST EPISODE EVER!!!! I EVEN WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT!!

TimMarch 8, 2006 3:03 AM

gh0d, Dance of the Dead was only good because of Robert Englund, no other reason. Cigarette burns is by far the best episode I have seen yet. Cigarette Burns not creative?It was fantastically violent, and had an exceptional plot, always put violence, blood, and gore before plot, Always.