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Eli Roth's History of Horror

Eli Roth's History of Horror

AMC 2018

As part of the networks year-round AMC Visionaries documentary series, Eli Rothโ€™s History of Horror brings together the masters of horror โ€“ icons and stars who define the genre โ€“ to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode will take viewers on a chilling exploration of how horror has evolved through the eras and impacted society, as well as why loyal fans remain addicted to fear. The series features A-list storytellers including Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Robert Englund, Linda Blair, Tippi Hedren, Rob Zombie, Haley Joel Osment, Jack Black, John Landis and Jamie Lee Curtis, among many others.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Eli Roth's History of Horror

Eli Roth's History of Horror - S2E3

#1 - Body Horror


Season 2 - Episode 3

Sometimes disgusting, body horror films makes audience members question their prejudices against physical difference, their attitudes about sex and gender, their fear of disease and contamination, and how much appearance determines destiny.

The episode was rated from 38 votes.

Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E3

#2 - Slashers, Part 2


Season 1 - Episode 3

Slashers got sophisticated in the '90s, evolving from Freddy Kreuger to Candyman to the terrifying Hannibal Lecter. The 2000s brought "torture porn" - a response to post-9/11 panic.

The episode was rated from 82 votes.

Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E2

#3 - Slashers, Part 1


Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated from 88 votes.

Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E1

#4 - Zombies


Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated from 109 votes.

Eli Roth's History of Horror - S2E2

#5 - Monsters


Season 2 - Episode 2

The history of monster movies is also the history of the evolution of special effects technology; whatever their size or shape and whatever they represent, for many horror fans monsters are the best part of the genre.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.

Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E5
#6 - Killer Creatures
Season 1 - Episode 5

Monsters hold a special place in the history of horror. Stephen King, Tippi Hedren and Joe Dante weigh in on the killer predators in nature, the nightmare creatures of the fantastic, and the monsters inside us, waiting to escape.

The episode was rated from 69 votes.
Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E6
#7 - Vampires
Season 1 - Episode 6

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, John Landis, Josh Hartnett, Mick Garris and others take a look at why thirsty fiends are endlessly appealing.

The episode was rated from 68 votes.
Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E4
#8 - The Demons Inside
Season 1 - Episode 4

The fear that demons will enter our bodies and make us do terrible things has inspired some of the most frightening films ever made. Jordan Peele, Linda Blair and Diablo Cody discuss masterpieces such as Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist.

The episode was rated from 79 votes.
Eli Roth's History of Horror - S2E1
#9 - Houses of Hell
Season 2 - Episode 1

Home is where the heart is, unless one lives in a house of hell. Whether they're filled with specters or psychos, every house of hell pokes at illusions of comfort and safety.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
Eli Roth's History of Horror - S1E7
#10 - Ghost Stories
Season 1 - Episode 7

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. Stephen King, Haley Joel Osment and others break down the appeal of spooky spirits.

The episode was rated from 61 votes.

Last updated: jan 29, 2021



I really enjoyed this! I'm a huge horror fan, and I found this to be a great way to go back and take a look a look at some of the more foundational pieces of the genre. I think the formula started to get a little stale by the final few episodes., but that wasn't enough to take away how fun it was to watch. I will say, this is probably not for you if you're looking for something that's actually educational. It's more of a very high production version of a bunch of horror fans talking about their favorite movies.

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