Whether one loves or hates his films – personally, I fall squarely into the love camp for most of them – it’s impossible to deny that Eli Roth has deep ties to the horror genre, both as a filmmaker and as a fan.
Thus, it makes perfect sense that AMC has tapped Roth to produce a documentary series about the history of horror, according to EW. The 6-part series is currently operating under the working title Eli Roth’s History of Horror, and is planned to debut on AMC sometime in 2018.
Roth offered the following statement to EW about why he took on the project:
“I’m thrilled to be part of this incredible series. For years, I’ve wanted to create a definitive ‘History of Horror,’ a living record of the genre with interviews from all the greats, old and new,” Roth said in a statement. “Sadly, we lose more of these masters every year and with them go their stories and experiences. This show will serve as a record for future generations — fans and filmmakers alike — to enjoy. I could not be prouder to create this with AMC.”
Roth’s comment about losing more horror masters every year rings all too true right now, with the recent passing of legendary director George A. Romero still no doubt fresh in the mind of anyone reading this.
While Roth obviously isn’t the first to attempt to chronicle the history of horror in documentary form, one hopes that his connections within the film industry will enable him to procure the involvement of big names that might not normally participate in such an endeavor.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror is part of the new AMC Visionaries series, with future entries also planning to look at the history of comics and sci-fi. With Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Aliens director James Cameron on-board to produce those, it’s likely they will also prove of significant interest to horror lovers.