That's why I make no apologies for liking Showtime's "Masters of Horror" or its network accessible offspring, "Fear Itself". Granted most of the episodes of both series are hit or miss (or if you're a cynic, that analogy is more along the lines of "bunt or get hit in the brain by a pitch"), but I can always find something to be charmed by. That said, I and the rest of the world never got the chance to find out fully what connected and what didn't in "Fear Itself" as NBC refused to air the final five episodes.
Worry not, though, as the totally free and totally awesome FEARnet is here to help. Starting September 2nd, the online/On-Demand service will begin unveiling one never-before-seen episode every day. So mark your calendars and read on for which episodes NBC didn't have the wherewithal to broadcast.
"Spirit Box" -- starring Martin Donovan ("The Haunting in Connecticut", "Insomnia") and Anna Kendrick ("Twilight"); directed by Rob Schmidt ("Wrong Turn") and written by Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill").
On Halloween, two high school girls use a spirit box to do a seance, and find themselves in contact with a classmate who recently committed suicide. However, the information she gives them leads them to believe that the girl may have been murdered.
"Echoes" -- starring Aaron Stanford ("The Hills Have Eyes" remake), Eric Balfour ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake, "24") and Camille Guaty; directed by Rupert Wainwright ("The Fog" remake, "Stigmata") and written by Sean Hood ("Halloween: Resurrection").
After a man is drawn to and moves into an apartment, he starts having weird flashes and moments of deja vu, and comes to believe someone he was in a past life did something terrible.
"The Circle" -- starring Johnathon Schaech ("Quarantine", "Prom Night" remake), Ashley Scott and Victoria Pratt ("CSI"); directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and written by Richard Chizmar & Johnathon Schaech.
On Halloween night, a horror novelist with writer's block is at his cabin with his wife, agent, publicist and editor when a mysterious package arrives -- a new story by him, only he hasn't written it. As the group reads the story, the events in the story start to come true.
"Something With Bite" -- starring Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") and Paula Jai Parker ("Side Order of Life", "The Proud Family"); directed by: Ernest Dickerson ("Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight", "Bones") and written by Max Landis.
A lazy, overweight small-town vet finds his life is drastically changed, and much-improved, after he is bitten by a werewolf.
"Chance" -- starring Christine Chatelain ("Final Destination"), Ethan Embry ("Wes Craven Presents They", "Can't Hardly Wait"); directed by John Dahl ("Joy Ride" 2001, "True Blood") and written by Lem Dobbs ("Dark City").
A desperate young man, on the verge of financial ruin, murders an auction house dealer he believes has cheated him in a prior transaction. Shortly after, the man finds himself shadowed by a strange visitor who is revealed to be his exact double.