Despite a quite slim resume in horror “ 2003’s limp backwoods chiller “Wrong Turn” “ director Rob Schmidt nonetheless delivers one of the best “Masters of Horror” episodes yet with “Right to Die.”
Hal Hartley film vet Martin Donovan stars as Dr. Addison, a dentist who’s having an argument with his wife (fetching newcomer Julia Anderson) while they’re driving at night, prompting a fiery wreck that leaves him virtually unscathed. The Mrs., however, is another story: She’s alive, all right, but burned to a crisp, resembling a piece of bloody beef jerky.
Addison has the hospital keep her on life support while others think he should pull the plug. But her pre-crash visage keeps visiting him at night, resulting in one of the sexiest love scenes ever captured on film “¦ well, at least until her flesh starts to decay. And just wait until you see what happens to poor Corbin Bernsen.
Schmidt’s episode isn’t scary, but it has a nastiness to it in terms of gore that places it near the top. He contributes a commentary to the disc, which also features two making-of documentaries, one teasingly titled “Flay-O-Trish.”