A slew of phenomenal new horror movies and shows are hitting streaming services this Halloween, showing that we’re in a time of some amazing horror. But, how did we get here? Who paved the way? AMC’s new series, Eli Roth’s History of Horror, will reveal all.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror, hosted by, you guessed it, Eli Roth, will delve into six subgenres of horror over seven episodes. Roth will interview some of horror’s greatest minds, from Linda Blair and Jamie Lee Curtis to Stephen King and Robert Englund. Check out a full list of appearances on the show’s website.
Here is the schedule that AMC released this week:
- Sunday, October 14: ZOMBIES
“Zombies are the monsters of the 21st century, and America’s major contribution to horror. What set off zombie fever? All roads lead to George Romero, who made zombies a metaphor for social ills.”
- Sunday, October 21: SLASHERS (Part One)
“Slasher films killed in the ’80s, but their violence, perceived misogyny, and endless sequels almost ended the genre. Supernatural killers Chucky and Freddy saved them from extinction.”
- Monday, October 22: SLASHERS (Part Two)
“Slashers got sophisticated in the ’90s, evolving from Freddy Krueger to Candyman to the terrifying Hannibal Lector. The 2000s brought “torture porn” – a response to post-9/11 panic.”
- Sunday, October 28: DEMONS INSIDE
“The fear that demons will enter our bodies and make us do terrible things has inspired some of the most frightening films ever made, including the masterpieces Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.”
- Sunday, November 4: GHOST STORIES
“Ghost movies have been with us since the dawn of cinema. Some ghosts are benevolent, some ghosts are malicious, but they all represent the mystery of what happens to us after we die.”
- Sunday, November 11: KILLER CREATURES
“Monsters hold a special place in the history of horror. The killer predators in nature. The nightmare creatures of the fantastic. And the monsters inside us, waiting to escape.”
- Sunday, November 18: VAMPIRES
“Modern vampires come in many guises, but they all address our fascination with sex and death. From the ghastly Count Orlok to the glam vampires of True Blood, thirsty fiends are endlessly appealing.”
Eli Roth’s History of Horror premieres Sunday, October 14th at 12 AM EST. Which episode are you most looking forward to? Who do you hope makes an appearance? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!